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The 6 Ingredient Challenge: The Easy And The Not So Easy

February 28th, 2013 | Posted by Angela Roberts in Eating Real Food

 

Six Ingredient Challenge buttonJoin the Six Ingredient Challenge hosted by Hobo Mama and Anktangle!

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?

You can see all the responses to this question on February 28 at the link-up post.

To join in the Six Ingredient Challenge anytime during the six weeks, visit the sign-up page for a list of posts and to link up!

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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?

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6 Responses

  • Jessica says:

    To me, there’s a difference between buying things with more than six ingredients and eating things with more than six ingredients. Many of the dishes I make have more then six ingredients but I make them myself so I know what’s in it. When eating out, I try to pick places that I feel I can count on to make food fresh and not us processed ingredients. Obviously I’m not eating at fast-food places or ordering dishes that have hot dogs in them. Luckily, there are only small, independent restaurants where I live so it’s easier.
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  • Sandy says:

    I am the lucky Momma to have such a wonderful daughter that loves to cook and makes such delicious meals. It was a pleasure to help clean up afterward!

  • Your mom sounds like a real treat! And that sounds like a highly successful trip.

    If we’re traveling and not staying somewhere with a kitchen, we tend to let our rules slide. But it usually (always) backfires — we start feeling yucky and craving the food we left behind. If we’re staying in a place with a kitchen, whether a paid place or someone’s house, we tend to purchase food that fits our ideals, and that works out a lot better for us. I’m glad you were able to find foods that worked so well for you despite the challenge of travel!
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  • When my kids were younger I noticed that they only seemed to get sick on trips when they were eating out. We used to go up to the family cabin (and eat out more) and one year I routinely carried a “barf bucket” because one of my kids so often had the stomach flu by the trip home. They’ve outgrown that now, but it really makes you think about eating out.

    My favorite fast food when on the road is Wendy’s where we’ll order Side Caesar Salads and Sour Cream and Chive Baked Potatoes off the value menu.
    I Wilkerson recently posted..Oatmeal M&M Blondies (for, um, really early Easter?)My Profile



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