I have reached the end of my little experiment. I must say I started it with a lot more enthusiasm than when I finished. If you recall, the whole thing started after I read the book In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto by Michael Pollan. I also watched the movie Food Inc. around the same time. I think I need to go back and re-visit both. I have also been using Pollan's book Food Rules: An Eater's Manual as sort of a guidebook. But I haven't stuck with it that much.
This summer I was really motivated to change and I was visiting the farmer's market weekly. Things completely fizzled out for me by October as I was stuck back at the grocery store where "whole food" is a lot more expensive. It's very discouraging to me that unhealthy convenience type food is so cheap and more healthy whole food choice and organics are so expensive. I guess you have to decide if it's worth it. Right now I am back working so convenience is winning out.
There are things I will stick with. I have really limited the diet soda, artificial sweeteners, low fat and "lite" items. I am consciously aware of high-fructose corn syrup and soy products. I really don't buy much off the shelf grocery store meat or eggs any more. The drive-thru is a rare treat and it gives me indigestion. I still like McDonald's french fries. (yeah, I know...)
I'm also much more aware of what kind of cleaning products and cosmetics I'm buying- instead of always just the cheapest kind. I was excited that CVS had some organic shampoo on sale last week.
I'm probably going to go back to my other blog- The Working Mom- because I am a working mom again. It's still tough and I'm not that thrilled about it. So this whole thing did not change the world or anything but I hope you had something to think about. Thanks for reading. Good luck and have a happy holiday season.