Hello friends! I’m Bonnie. Welcome to carrot bowl.
In August 2012, my husband and I decided to change the way our family eats.
We have three kids and with them eat a plant based whole grain diet. We initially tried eating this way as an experiment (as a lot of things are for us) and ended up really liking the way we felt. Now I get lots of questions about how we eat and what we eat. Hopefully you’ll find some of those answers here. If you feel like you’re missing information, please contact me. I’d love here from you!
When changing you diet, kids are hard to convince, but not impossible. And even then, there will most likely still be complaining (at least there is at my house). And as adults, with a life-time of eating already behind us, change can be equally hard. No matter what your household consists of, I think it’s worth it to eat healthier.
The simplest way to describe our eating is we are 90% vegan. At home I cook vegan: plants, legumes, nuts/seeds, and whole grains. I use minimal oil and refined sugars. I also try to avoid processed foods when possible. When we go out, everything else is available. If someone is kind enough to invite us over, I will happily eat their Israelei Couscous with Spinach Pesto Chicken, Bacon Cheese Asparagus Waffles, or Hamburgers. I think showing my kids how to have this balance will help them be healthy long-term and avoid being self-conscious about food in public.
The balance between one world of plants and whole grains to the other of fast food, candy and sweet treats, fluffy white bread, and deep fried everything is hard to keep.
We need to teach our children they don’t have to say yes to every treat. We all need to eat carrots first. There’s “always-foods” and “sometimes-foods”. My kids know the difference between the two and can tell me all about them. I count that as a major success. That doesn’t mean they don’t beg for chips, candy, and french fries. They are typical children. But I don’t want them to binge when they go out of the house, so it’s my job to teach them that feeling good and keeping your body healthy with whole foods is more important the fulfilling every single craving for sugar, melted cheese, or deep fried potstickers. I allow some of the “sometimes-foods” so they can learn to balance. I want them to enjoy being with friends and not stress about what they “can’t” have, just to remember that everything they eats affects their bodies.
Also, we have birthdays in our house, too. Sometimes we make cake and still think it’s fun. It’s a sometimes food. :)
This is going to be fun! I’m excited to have you with me. I look forward to answering your questions (not that I’ll have all the answers), hearing your success stories, and cheering each other on in general.
As for other random facts, I blog over at Pretty Dubs about my home and crafty projects. Home decor is very fun. My children are always asking me why I like to do projects all the time. I love to run. I enjoy camping, playing tennis, taking pictures, and reading. I love the sound of Saturdays when lawns are being mowed, listening to my kids read, and spending time with my husband.
Oh, and I love food.