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Food Panic. PANIC! - Evolved Mommy

Food Panic. PANIC!

I haven’t blogged in a while because I have a post that I want so badly to write, but so far it has been stuck in my head. Since I’m totally intimidated by the amount of information on the subject and can’t seem to find a starting place I’m going to just write (hopefully, daily) and see if it works itself out.

Here’s the deal: My husband and I live on a very small grocery budget because we are paying off the last of our debt ($50,000 two years ago is now $4,000). We are also desperately trying to get out of this wretched town (okay, so maybe I use an unneccesarily strong word). So our budget for food is teeny tiny.

Here’s the problem: I’ve watched “Food, Inc” and I’ve listened to “In Defense of Food” (book on CD) in my car for days on end. Basically, I’m now a Michael Pollan disciple.

And…

I am COMPLETELY freaked out about food.

My husband is beside himself. We’re shopping at the local natural food co-op, which costs a GAJILLION dollars every time we walk through the doors. Okay, actually it’s been surprisingly less expensive than I thought it would be. Turns out I was spending a lot of money at Wal-Mart even though my grocery list (thank you e-mealz.com) was only $50.

That place has lots of shiny things. I’m easily distracted by and attracted to shiny.

Anyway, I’m still trying to digest everything I’ve seen, heard, read re: the fact that EVERYTHING I’VE BELIEVED ABOUT FOOD & DIET IS A LIE!

Help me Jesus.

To be continued…

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  1. Hey girl,

    I, too, LOVED Michael Pollen’s “In Defense of Food” book and his “rules” book… I think it is really based on good common sense and isn’t as shocking as “Food, Inc.”

    Both are mind and life changing.

    Don’t worry about writing a blog post that brings all the facts together in one place… just do what you are doing. One day at a time discovering and sharing what you’ve learned. That’s what makes you… you.

    This year, after 14 years of shopping at ONF, I finally joined the co-op. I think it was only $20 annual fee… and I already received a $28 refund for all that I’ve spent there this year… PLUS… the member discounts I received all year long. So yeah, I’m with you. It isn’t as expensive as it appears. Like life, it’s just choices.

    Proud of you.

    Lyndi
    http://www.nwafoodie.blogspot.com

    • Thanks, friend. For whatever reason I have gone into what feels like a processed food binge. At least my processed foods come from ONF now. I think I need to spend a little more time with Mr. Pollen.

  2. Don’t panic! Just switching to a more plant-based, less-processed diet made of veggies and whole ingredients with meat as a side item or flavor enhancer is a great way to go. You don’t have to go all the way all at once, because that’s hard and unsustainable. You don’t have to go all local and all organic while also trying to shift the way you eat. Eating less meat is probably most important, and that will save you money. I really recommend “The Food Matters Cookbook” and “How to Cook Everything Vegetarian,” both from Mark Bittman. “Food Inc” also changed my life, and in 1.5 years since seeing it, I’m now mostly vegetarian and as organic and local as I can get, which when it’s not farmer’s market season, is admittedly not all that organic and local.

    • Thanks for the cookbook recommendations. Everything makes sense, but when meal time rolls around I end up standing in the kitchen like a zombie. I’ve never cared much for most meat, but I’ve always thought that was the most important part of the meal. My husband isn’t ready to let go of that idea.

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