Baby Steps: What are you eating?

I grabbed a canister of bread crumbs out of the pantry this afternoon, and was a little surprised by this:

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That's the ingredient list for bread crumbs.

Bread crumbs.

I've spent the last few weeks really praying about and researching food.  And if you've read this blog for any amount of time, you know that natural food has been a growing passion of mine for the last few years.

I've had a few people ask me how to begin the journey to more natural eating lately…is it about going totally organic?  Is it about no more meat or more flax or less dairy?  Too much salt?  Not enough fiber? 

It's so confusing!

Honestly, I think it's about baby steps.  Small steps – one a week or one a month or whatever works best as change for you.  The way we eat as a family right now is completely different than the way we did this time last year.  It's been slow changes.  I stick with one until I'm comfortable with it and then tackle something else. 

The first thing I think you absolutely have to do at the beginning of those baby steps?

Find out what you're really eating and how much of it.  You can't make changes if you don't know where you are. 

Read labels.  If you can't pronounce it, you probably don't want to eat it.  If you don't know what it is, find out.  

Make it a goal to purchase more foods that have smaller ingredient lists.  Try to purchase more foods that don't have an ingredient list, or that have a very short one of foods you recognize:

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I'm planning on sharing more of the changes we're making, as well as why.  My entire attitude about food has changed, and I've come to realize what and how we eat is about much more than how much we weigh and whether it has an organic label. 

More to come soon!