Thursday, July 29, 2010
Changing Your Eating Style
I think it is pretty funny that people are not so so on the mushroom are a hater or a lover! I love food preferences. It is fun to know why people love or hate something. I love oatmeal, but I know many people that hate it for the texture. I used to hate bananas as a kid, but as an adult, I love them. Jay, my 9 year old, is a mushroom and banana hater. He loves banana bread, but not the fruit at all. He is getting better about choices, so I am not going to complain.
The other night (you know, not last night, but the one before that one) was pasta bake night for the boys with the left over meat sauce, so I decided to go a different route since we have not restocked the canned tomatoes from our pantry raid. I have been craving sandwiches lately. It seems weird, soups and now sandwiches...don't worry, I haven't left my salads behind. I am just craving things to sink my teeth into. I opted for the easy toast option and made a waffle egg sandwich with good ol yellow mustard. My favorite! It has been so long!
I had it with a side of sauteed peppers, onions and broccoli (all in the name of cleaning out the freezer). This was a perfect dinner and it just made me feel good after eating it. This leads to my next topic of conversation...changing foods up.

So, the illustrator and I have been talking a lot lately about food. I have always focused on healthy choices and how foods work with us to make us better.  For my own personal reasons, I do not eat meat. My family does and I completely respect that choice. I cook meat, so I am sure some that goes against some code. However, I think we all need to do what works for us as individuals. I would love to say that we eat all organic, but quite frankly, we can't afford that. We do what we can for us to make the best out of our food choices. I prepare most things from scratch so that I can keep an eye on the fats, preservatives and overall nutrition of what we eat. Besides, it is a lot more cost effective for our family. That is not the case with everyone, but it is what works for us. The illustrator has recently taken a huge interest in eating more of the same things. Let me repeat...I do not judge or push my views of food on anyone. The illustrator has asked that I start preparing more vegetarian meals for our family to eat. This is shocking, but it is comforting since I don't feel so alone in my food journey anymore! He also emailed me the dirty dozen list today.  For those that don't know it...

The Dirty Dozen

Domestic blueberries
Sweet bell peppers
Spinach, kale and collard greens
Imported grapes

The Clean 15

Sweet corn
Sweet peas
Kiwi fruit
Sweet potatoes
Sweet onions

I do know it, but am guilty of purchasing my favorites knowing they aren't clean. After really talking about it, I realize that the amount of fresh produce I eat means that I eat a lot of chemicals. For some people this may not be enough to think about. I am going to start making a change at this point. I need to be more mindful of everything and try to eat more seasonally too in order to save money on this list. I was really surprised when the illustrator told me again that he was concerned since I eat a lot of the stuff from the dirty list (apples and lettuce) on a daily basis. So, after this round of pesticides is done, I am moving forward to go the organic route, at least on the things I eat on a daily basis.

Do you eat organic all the time? If not, do you try when you can or do you figure if you are eating healthy it doesn't really matter.

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posted by Sarena Shasteen - The Non-Dairy Queen @ 4:45 PM  
  • At July 29, 2010 at 4:55 PM, Anonymous Evan Thomas said…

    I'd like to see the paycheck of anyone who can always eat organic, haha. The ones I make sure are organic in my house are tofu, potatoes, sweet potatoes, apples, plums, and peaches. I also try to have only grass-fed beef, and all hormone free animal meat. Besides that, I'll try to cut costs.

  • At July 29, 2010 at 4:57 PM, Blogger Farty Girl said…

    I hear you, darlin'! There are many different kinds of people in this world. You never know who you will fall in love with, and who you will give birth to! It's important to respect everyone's eating styles. Espesh when you are in the kitchen, serving it up!

    My boyfriend eats meat. He usually chooses fish, which makes me happy. But ultimately, I have to shut up and let him eat what he wants. He is really sweet to me, eating the food that I cook, when I cook, even though it's not his first choice. That's how we respect each other.

    Glad to hear you are going organic. It's not cost efficient, but I don't think the extra is so much that it will break your bank. (Who am I to say, right? But you know what I mean.) This way, you will know you are being safe!

    The Illustrator is super sweet to be looking out for your health! :)

  • At July 29, 2010 at 5:02 PM, Anonymous Amy B @ Second City Randomness said…

    If I could afford it, I would always eat organic. Always. But alas, I'm sort of poor and living on my own... so I try to eat organic when it's important (stuff like spinach especially) or when I can get a good deal (hello Trader Joe's). It just depends...

    And it's awesome your family embraces your choice to be vegetarian!

  • At July 29, 2010 at 5:07 PM, Anonymous homecookedem said…

    That is really awesome that the illustrator is taking such an interest in organic and more vegetarian dishes. The day Andrew asks me to make more veg. dishes and buy more organic I think I might just faint! haha! ;) It's awesome though since you don't eat meat that you'll be able to eat more of the same things. I do have to say that when I went veg. for a few months, Andrew was very supportive and he fixed veg. meals for both of us. Maybe I'm a little too hard on my guy... ;)

  • At July 29, 2010 at 5:31 PM, Anonymous Heather (Where's the Beach) said…

    It really is funny when you think about food preferences. I too hated bananas as a kid, but now I crave them. My husband does eat meat outside of the house, but I don't cook it. I just can't stomach that one. I agree that everyone must do what is right for them and not do something just b/c others see it as some "code." I am definitely guilty of eating those dirty items almost on a daily basis. I am most definitely guilty of not buying organic.

  • At July 29, 2010 at 5:58 PM, Blogger Emily said…

    Hey Sarena! I was just thinking about this yesterday at the store. I try to buy organic spinach, carrots, berries and milk but its sometimes hard when the price difference is nearly 2 dollars! It definitely adds up quickly. I think that if I make an effort in some places, its still better than eating all non-organic. I think its pretty sad that we have to think about this. :(

  • At July 29, 2010 at 6:04 PM, Anonymous sophia said…

    I rarely eat organic because I really can't afford them. So I guess that just leaves me with trying to eat as clean as possible, with minimal non-organic "dirty" items...but argh, so hard to give them up!

  • At July 29, 2010 at 6:18 PM, Anonymous Alisa said…

    I don't believe in judging how otheres eat, because then they would have the right to judge me! There are so many factors involved, that I don't think one diet is right for all by any means.

    I eat a lot of produce, so I do follow the dirty dozen pretty strictly. Actually, I checked out the whole list a while back and try to buy the top 20 or so organic, since they are still relatively high in pesticides and over the years those top 20 seem to juggle in and out of the top 12. Since I'm also frugal, this usually means I don't enjoy a few of those foods on the top very often at all. Of course, we go for local when possible, but that can be hard too. Luckily my Tony is like yours and he is on board with trying to "eat clean," so he tolerates the slightly higher price sometimes.

    Oh, and I love mushrooms!

  • At July 29, 2010 at 6:22 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    We tried for a while to eat the "dozen" in organic but it's hard when you're shopping at Kroger and Publix. It's getting easier to find them now, so I should try again. Budget yuck though.
    I religiously get organic carrots, milk and yoghurt because they are a lot better tasting.
    My problem with mushrooms is texture and taste.
    Cat Story

  • At July 29, 2010 at 6:39 PM, Blogger Kelsey said…

    i like the conversations you two have!! its true, eat for health and in terms of what 'health' is to each person- thats whats important. and although it will vary, it usually boils down to natural whole foods for each of us :)

    btw im so-so on mushrooms .. might be the only one on the fence..dont love them dont hate them. but most ppl i know are totally one sided ;)


  • At July 29, 2010 at 6:45 PM, Anonymous Madeline - Greens and Jeans said…

    I really wish I could afford to eat all organic, but I'm not in the point in my life that I can. I DO however always make sure that when I buy chicken or beef that it is hormone free and preferably grass fed

  • At July 29, 2010 at 8:49 PM, Anonymous Tina said…

    Apples and lettuce are actually the two things I try to always buy organic because we eat them more often than other things.

    I am still definitely a work in progress on being more aware of my food choices. I know I eat a balanced, mostly healthy diet, but there are still things that I don't worry about that I know I could be more cautious of.

  • At July 29, 2010 at 9:28 PM, Anonymous Jessica (Healthy Exposures) said…

    I try to eat organic when possible, but really, more often than not - it's not organic. Like you, I'd really like to change that. It's just such a huge price difference! I know, I know - it's worth it, it's for my health, etc. But I just can't do 100% organic, unfortunately. That said, I also love making my meals, snacks, etc. from scratch. A money saver AND delicious.
    I do try to buy local as often as I can, though, as well as in-season. I know that doesn't necessarily mean organic - but it's at least less miles the food has traveled, right?

  • At July 29, 2010 at 10:07 PM, Anonymous Pure2raw twins said…

    I try to organic when possible, but sometimes money is tight. I think as long as people try to make an effort when they can, and yes I buy the dirty dozen organic!

  • At July 29, 2010 at 11:32 PM, Blogger Christina said…

    there are certain foods that i'll buy organic, and if it's on sale i'm definitely buying it. i try to eat healthy all around so even if it's not organic, i know i'm taking care of myself.

  • At July 29, 2010 at 11:50 PM, Blogger Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said…

    i buy 0 organic. You read that right, the high raw vegan who buys nothing organic..unless of course it's like TJ lettuce which its the same price for org or not. Or if there is a sale on org produce and it ends up cheaper to buy org than conventional, yes. I dont care that i am eating pesticides. I mean, i do...BUT, i think it's alot better to eat pesticides than it is to eat cows, cheetos, diet coke or dairy ice cream. And since i dont eat any of that, I eat pesticides on my non-org food and am just fine with it :) well, ya know...

    great post!!

    as for your comment to me about lifting heavy...somehow i sorta knew some of that about you, but not all of it..OMG!!??! Wow. I have newfound and total respect for you and everything you have accomplished.. you go girl!!!!!!!!!!

  • At July 30, 2010 at 5:55 AM, Anonymous MelissaNibbles said…

    I can't afford to eat all organic. There's no way you can avoid every little germ in this world anyway. I just wash everything very carefully and eat. I'm not dead yet, so I think I'm okay :)

  • At July 30, 2010 at 7:46 AM, Anonymous Elaine @ Om Sweet Om said…

    I definitely try to buy organic when it comes to the dirty dozen, although I can't always find them in organic form.

    Haha I cracked up when I saw the "expiration date" on your "milk carton" is December 2007.

  • At July 30, 2010 at 8:51 AM, Anonymous Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly said…

    I don't eat all organic. But I do try to get the dirty dozen organic but other than that I don't. Hey anything is better than nothing right?

  • At July 30, 2010 at 11:31 AM, Anonymous Mary said…

    There's no way I could afford to eat purely organic as much as I'd like to. I do try to buy organic with the "dirty 12" if I can but a lot of times the grocery stores don't carry them in their organic forms so I have to make due. Maybe one day it'll become more popular and the prices will lower..hopefully :P

  • At July 30, 2010 at 1:44 PM, Anonymous Holly @ couchpotatoathlete said…

    I would love to eat 100% organic. I know it is better for me and I don't know if the cost would be ridiculous, but I know that shopping and cooking meals are time consuming. I think that buying organic would only increase my time in the kitchen. Maybe I'm just making excuses, I'm not sure.

  • At July 30, 2010 at 5:11 PM, Blogger *Naomi* said…

    i try to always buy organic chicken and steak, but fruits and veggies, I just can't afford it all the time!

  • At July 30, 2010 at 5:12 PM, Anonymous Robyn @ Wannabe Writer Runner said…

    I actually have this list in my wallet but I find it hard to follow. Like you said, a lot of can't afford to always eat organic and most of the time I want to go with the better deal.

  • At July 31, 2010 at 11:06 AM, Anonymous lee said…

    I eat organic milk and eggs, but with veggies, I really don't. Honestly, it's out of laziness (and lack of funds) for the most part. My Kroger's organic produce just never taste good.

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