This is what I saw. I could only find four "processed" foods, regularly in my diet. By that, I mean products that are packaged, and more than just a single ingredient. Here they are, and my conscious decisions about them.
1. Frozen Organic Black Bean and Corn Enchiladas - I will continue to eat these, once a month with my daughter, who loves them.
2. Snap Pea Crisps - I can live without them.
3. Organic Corn Chips- I will work toward eliminating.
4. Sesame Soy Ginger Vinaigrette- I can replace with Balsamic vinegar.
It feels like a manageable start for me. And I will keep noticing, to be sure there aren't other processed foods in my daily diet.
What To Do About Convenience Foods?
I heard on the Food Summit, that buying at the Farmer's Market is a way to support family farmers. So starting today, I will spend my organic food dollars buying locally grown produce at Farmer's Markets to replace the convenience foods.
Living in a moderate climate in California, I feel lucky that every Sunday there is a Farmer's Market one mile from me. Out of convenience, it has become the only Farmer's Market I attend. Today I started researching Farmer's Markets within 3-10 miles. I found several. Basically, there is one somewhere, every day of the week.
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My Food Purchases Changed Today
I made note of the vendors and what they sell. It's a small market, though they have one hot food stand, one organic vegetable vendor, one organic fruit and flower vendor, an organic strawberry vendor, organic honey, delicious organic granola, and Vital Vittles organic breads and cookies.
Today I found a gorgeous head of cauliflower, some beautiful broccoli, and carrots, all organic. I bought 7 pounds of organic produce, for $10. That's cheaper, and so much more beautiful, than the bags of carrots and broccoli that I used to buy. The cauliflower looked so perfect, I wish I had thought to take the photo before I cut it.
Being an Energy Healer, I really feel the vital energy of such fresh produce. Feeling that good energy makes the longer cutting time more pleasurable than the shorter time rinsing the packaged veggies. Today I am feeling great about the quality and freshness of my food.