The idea of changing your families diet is overwhelming for many people. Most people have been born and raised during this era of increasingly processed food. It is a little unnerving when you realize that most products in the grocery store are not real food at all, but just a hodge-podge of chemicals. After reading The Omnivores’s Dilemma, I admit I was a little freaked out. What were we supposed to eat? Where was I going to buy it? How will I feed my babies!
Now that I have been down this path for several years, I feel I can offer some encouragement to some real food newbies. First, relax, take a deep breath, it does get easier. You do not need to change everything you eat tomorrow. In fact, I would recommend baby steps. Make one change and stick with it until it doesn’t feel like a “change” anymore. Then pick something else and so on.
The first food I changed for my family was bread. I don’t remember exactly how I decided on bread, but I remember reading the back of the (plastic) package one day and feeling ill. Now mind you, I wasn’t buying wonder bread. I was buying “100% whole wheat” bread, or “7 Grain” or some similar type of hearty bread. Then I found out about what they put into the breads to make them shelf stable.
It makes sense when you think about it. If you buy (or make) a loaf of fresh bread, it certainly doesn’t last longer than a day or two. When did we get to the point where we assumed bread should last weeks?
For our family of five, I bake approximately 6 loaves of bread a week, along with the occasional batch of bagels, tortillas, rolls etc. Yes it is a labor of love. I won’t lie and tell you it takes no time at all. What I will tell you that there is nothing better than fresh bread out of the oven slathered with butter. Even if you just made a couple loafs on sunday (they freeze great), it would be a important start in your food journey.
Here’s my favorite family “sandwich” style bread that I make the most often: