My darling husband keeps insisting that I need to be blogging, need to get on Facebook, and basically just start connecting like mommies of 2010 are connecting. I have fought him tooth and nail, but have decided to share some of my favourites with you via the blog medium.
FOOD INC. TRAILER
We recently saw parts of the documentary Food Inc. It really validated the food choices I have made and have been making for more family. It also was of great value in helping my husband understand why our grocery bills are so much higher than what he felt they should be. But little, by little, he has come to my side of things.
It all started when we began dating. How dare I take his hydrogenated, sugar laden, artery clogging peanut butter away? Fast forward to today, and he can not only eat the natural one and is disgusted by the processed stuff. The same for his bread- the other day we accidentally bought enriched brown bread and he begged me to get him some whole grain whole wheat while I was out shopping.
Our last source of disagreement was cold meats. He loves his occasional sandwich, and fought me tooth and nail. But now, the nitrate free ham at 20$ per kilo is just not good enough, and he asks me to get the 35$ per kilo phosphate and nitrate free ham from the butcher around the corner (which has to be eaten the same day as it spoils too quickly)! But we still had problem with his pepperoni on our home made pizza. But yesterday, I found nitrate and phosphate free slices from Valens http://www.boucherievalens.com and we just gobbled it up (tastes just like quality pepperoni) and we had their phosphate, nitrate, hormone free Italian sausages on pasta- which was an absolute delicacy.
So today I called them up and found that they have whole chickens and ground beef that is organic, hormone free, and at less than double what you would pay for the regular stuff in the store. We had been buying whole grain fed chickens and eggs, but can not wait to try to organic ones. I am sure I will reminisce about my childhood, when my mother used to go to Ormstown to get our grain fed chicken.
I am glad that I now live in Canada where all milk is growth hormonefree. For that reason, I have opted to not buy organic milk, but our organic yogurt will never be replaced as it is free of modified milk ingredients, corn starch, artificial colours or flavourings, gelatin, etc.
So yes, we live in a very small, simple house compared to our peers. We have old cars, and my children are cloth diapered. And yet, I pay the equivalent of half of our mortgage on food. For me, it is a sacrifice and small price to pay for the quality and peace of mind it brings me.
And that, my friends, is my very first blog.