Monday, March 1, 2010

Change can be a good thing...

We are shifting things around in our familiy. Change can be a good thing, right? Time will tell, I suppose.

Our biggest change is that we are going TV free! Yep, we are not going to watch TV at all! We are getting rid of cable! No more DVR. No more commercials. No more nights chained to the TV. I am both scared and excited about it. I will miss my DVR, however, I can just watch all the shows I want to online when it's convienent for me. I won't miss the commercials and all the "gimmes" they bring. I won't miss listening to my kids fight over which show they are going to watch. I am looking forward to having more time to read, more time to read to my children and more time to explore other hobbies. We will still have our DVD players and our subscription to Netflix, so movies will still be abundant in our house. The nice thing is that we will be in control of what we watch and when we watch it! So, cross your fingers and say a prayer for us. I will keep you updated on how it goes.

We are also changing our eating habits. We recently watched the documentary, Food Inc. and it really made us think about how and what we eat. We are getting rid of processed snacks in our home. No more chips. No more Goldfish. No more sugary fruit snacks. No more soda. We are encouraging our children to eat fruits, veggies, yogurt or string cheese when they want to snack. I like to think that we were pretty good before but we can do even better. The kids are getting a veggie with every lunch and dinner. It was hard the first couple of days but last night my kids actually fought over a bag of carrots at dinner! We are trying to eat meat that has been raised in a way that we feel is best...grass fed beef, no hormones, no antibiotics, etc.... We are switching to organic milk. We are going to buy fruits and veggies locally. We are trying to eat more naturally. I am going with the rule that if I can't recognize and/or pronounce the ingredients of a food item then I am not going to buy it. We will make more things from scratch. It will be a lot of changes for us but I feel they are in the best interest of our family.

I am hoping all of this will work out for the best. I am hoping we will end up spending more quality time with our children. I am hoping we will all be healthier. I am hoping that we are instilling good eating habits in our children. I supppose, only time will tell.

1 comment:

  1. We got rid of cable awhile back....mostly because I was tired of paying an arm & leg for children's shows (since D and I don't watch tv). Well, the Office, but that's it. We just do Netflix, PBS and there's another kid channel on basic tv, Qubo. We had an antenna installed in our attic. I do notice that N doesn't know what the heck is going on as far as new toys, music, etc. I think it keeps them innocent longer.

    I have been buying organic milk for a couple years now. We drink tons of milk. I also buy hormone-free chicken. I'm trying to wean the family off artifically colored foods---like hot-pink yogurt. I have found some smoothie recipes that I'm gonna try--one even uses kale in it. Gonna make green smoothies for St. Patty's Day. Maybe they'll be a hit???

    Let me know how your progress goes! Maybe we can share recipes, trucks, techniques.