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Our Food Journey Update

Eating Clean

Our family’s journey to health has been just that, a journey. Over the years we have made small changes to get to where we are today. Here’s a small glimpse of our where we were and where we’re going.

Rewind to a couple of years ago when we ditched desserts and soda. This came about for two main reasons. My husband went through several expensive dental treatments, and our oldest son turned 1, and was beginning to eat everything we ate. We knew we had to change our lifestyle in order to better our health and to be a good example to our kids. It was really hard at the time, but well worth it.

While that was a great first step, a lot of hidden sugars have still remained in our diet. Lots of store bought breads, crackers, sauces, condiments, and convenience foods were consumed daily without much thought or concern.

Then, last summer after watching, Food Inc we started thinking much more about where our food came from. It was such an eye opening and life changing documentary, and we have never been the same since. We found a local farmer who raises grass fed and grass finished beef and have been buying the majority of our meat from him. We also began going to another farm to get free range eggs, and try to buy as much organic produce as possible and support the farmer’s market as often as we can.

So here we are today. Although we’ve taken some critical steps to bettering our health, I’ve been feeling really convicted lately that we needed to clean
up our eating habits again. I’ve been trying to find a diet (and by diet I mean lifestyle) that fits our family for quite some time. I didn’t want anything extreme and unattainable, and nothing that eliminated complete food groups. A few weeks ago I stumbled across a blog called 100 Days of Real Food, and felt like it was something I wanted to do. It’s just like it sounds, a challenge to eat only real foods for 100 days. No processed foods, no preservatives, just plain old chemical free nutrient rich real food. My husband, who I thought would be reluctant and not very interested, was surprisingly on board and willing to find ways to clean up our diet. We are not doing the official challenge, but we are making a commitment to eating cleaner, more homemade and less packaged foods. And we’re taking it slow. Like really slow. We’ve got a lot of work to do, and we want to make small, sustainable changes.

Keep following the blog to stay up to date with our journey!

Nikki Stenson

I am a wife to my husband, Matt and a Mom to my son, Micah. I live a simple life and eat a lot of oatmeal.

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