Saturday, June 25, 2011

{ Ashley Weiss’ Food Revolution }

Eating habits around here at Casa Weiss are pretty healthy except that, since I’ve been nursing Annie, I eat dessert at least once a day.  We get plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables, choose lean meats, limit our fast food intake, and actually eat out only about twice per month. But even with a track record as excellent as this, I wanted to try to do more for my family, especially since Annie will join the ranks of solid food eaters in a few weeks. Now please don’t misunderstand me, you may see our car in the McDonalds drive-thru from time to time – but that is, and should be, a treat. Our family eats at our dining room table at least 90 percent of the time – so the food on that table should be first-rate.

So since we are already “healthy” eaters by American standards, what changes are we talking about? I have listed a few of the goals for my kitchen, some that I hope to achieve immediately, and others that may take some time.

{Food Revolution Goals | Achievable by September 30}
*Bake our every day, 100% whole-wheat sandwich bread from scratch
*Switch to organic produce, with fruit being the first priority
*Eliminate products containing MSG and high fructose corn syrup from our regular grocery purchases
*Begin purchasing organic dairy products from Costco
*Stick to our original grocery budget
*Don’t get overwhelmed or try to over-do it with changes

The term “Food Revolution” may sound familiar to you. Jamie Oliver, a British chef, author, and TV personality has just concluded his second season of his show: Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. His revolutionary idea (hahaha) was born out of the knowledge that American children are plagued by obesity-related illness, and are the first generation predicted to have shorter life expectancies than their parents before them. I have definitely enjoyed watching his show, and decided to call my own little journey-to-healthier-eating a “revolution” as well. ‘Cause let’s be honest…it sounds much cooler that way.


  1. Breadmakers are awesome for that daily homemade whole-grain bread. :)

  2. We are starting a healthier eating lifestyle as well... but we are starting a little lower then you. :) Good luck to both our families! :)

  3. I have been hearing great things about this Jamie Oliver show but have never seen it. I need to check it out.

    We are going through this same thing. We have started making our own yogurt, bread, and granola. It is actually kind of fun... and it tastes better. We also joined a CSA. It is awesome. Just little change, one at a time.