Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Small Steps

Pretty regularly I read another article or see something on the internet and get all fired up about food, coming up with some long list of all the changes we should make in our food choices in order to have healthier bodies and a healthier planet.

But long lists aren't always helpful, and can seem like a burden weighing down on us instead of a source of inspiration.  So our food journey has been a long one--and is still continuing.  Slowly over time we researched and contemplated, working hard to avoid faddish thinking and make changes that really feel right.

Changing slowly helps us avoid feeling overwhelmed or floundering in the "natural" foods section of the grocery store with no real idea of what we are trying to accomplish.  And it gives us opportunity too look back and feel proud of the changes we've successfully made for the good. 

I love the fact that it's been years since we bought anything besides "real" maple syrup.  It's just a part of who we are now.  We walk to the aisle and I don't look at the shaped plastic bottles straight in front of me--I look up to the glass bottles on the top shelf and get our maple syrup.  I don't compare the price this week against the fake stuff (though I will buy the large bottle of the real stuff which is cheaper per ounce, and two bottles if they are on sale) because we simply have made a change and haven't looked back.              

We've made a new change this year.  It's homemade bread.  (Without High Fructose Corn Syrup)  But not homemade bread, and homemade noodles, and homemade apple juice, and homemade sausage, and homemade soy sauce.  Not that any of those things would be anything but a good idea--just that we need to work slowly to create lasting changes.

And once this becomes ingrained permanently into the way we do things--we'll embark on the next adventure.

We've set up a semi-permanent location for the wheat grinder and whenever it catches someone's eye--they can take a minute to grind some wheat.


On occasion unruly members of the family may get sent (or send themselves) to the wheat grinder for some "think time" and y'know--it's such rhythmic methodical work that you can't walk away from the grinder without feeling a little more zen-like.

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