We’re on a six-week path to eat more whole foods, guided by one simple rule: Buy foods with six ingredients or fewer. And we’re blogging about our journey on the way.
This week we’re answering the question: What has been the easiest part of this challenge for you so far? The most difficult part?
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The 6 ingredient challenge has certainly helped our family resume our healthy eating journey. This week I would like to share the easiest and most challenging parts that this challenge has presented to our family so far.
Eating healthy is not new to our family. I made drastic changes to what our family ate a few years ago. Eating unprocessed foods is not new to us. I already had the tools to shop and prepare food appropriately for this challenge. Unlike others, I did not have to learn a new way to feed my family. This made the transition very easy for all of us. We simply needed to re-establish our healthy eating habits. I am happy to report that we have all (re)adjusted to our new (old) way of eating.
Last week I faced a week away from our home (and kitchen!). I was not willing to allow for a week of indulgences (unlike my birthday!). The kids and I traveled to my mom’s house last week. This trip was certainly the biggest challenge that I have faced while joining the six ingredient challenge.
While we traveled we stopped at a restaurant to eat dinner. My original plan was to pack food for us to enjoy at a roadside park but we spontaneously decided to leave a day early (that’s how we roll!). Since we left rather abruptly I was unable to prepare the food for a picnic, but we were all able to order a healthy meal while eating out, we were off to a good start!
While on our trip, I realized that I am very lucky to have a mama that supports me in all that I do. She allowed me to totally take over her kitchen. I was able to create a meal plan, grocery shop, and cook the meals just as if we were at home…the bonus was that she would clean up!
We ate at various restaurants on this trip and ordering was a bit more difficult than it used to be. I needed a few extra minutes to decide what I would be ordering for the kids and I. I never thought that cooking and eating at home would be so much easier than eating out! Even with the freedom of shopping and cooking away from home traveling offers many challenges to eating healthy.
So there it is the easy and the not so easy parts that I have encountered while taking the six ingredient challenge. How do you feed your family while on vacation? Do you allow foods that you typically would not eat at home or do you stick to your same eating habits?