Author: Johnlyn Broeder

I’m not a doctor, nor do I play one on t.v. All the advice I give in this blog is based on trial and error of cooking for myself and my family. You will have to make your own choices for your family.

In my homemaking blog Hummingbird Homemaking, I wrote a few posts about my “healthy eating” journey

How do you begin to eat healthy?

First of all you have to decide what you mean by healthy. That definition will be different for each one of us. Last year at this time, I would have said that as long as you made everything from scratch, and ate low-fat meals, then you were eating healthy.

Today, my definition is much different.

After researching this summer to find a “cure” for my son with ADD, I discovered that a significant amount of kids that are diagnosed with ADD have allergies/food intolerances. Specifically to milk and/or wheat. I have spent hours and hours researching all of the claims out there. I was very confused about all of the conflicting information out there. I finally decided that I needed to go a bit slower and change one or two things at a time.

In January, 2011, for me and my family, healthy eating means this:

eat protein                           eat fat                           eat vegetables                      eat fruits

My family still eats grains, but we don’t eat them three times a day anymore. My family still eats junk food. We are far from perfect. if you’ve been eating this way for a long time, this blog will probably drive you crazy! 

Mark Sisson from Mark’s Daily Apple, recommends an 80%/20% plan. ” A practical baseline is this:

if you align your life with the PB principles 80% of the time, consider yourself on course”

The whole article is excellent though, and well worth the read.

The reason I’m starting this blog is to show that Healthy Eating can be done on a budget. There are 4 people in my family. My children (14 and 12) eat a significant amount more than I do. My husband is an athlete who runs marathons – needless to say, he eats a LOT!!! My budget is $400.

Current Shopping Goals
Here are my current grocery shopping goals:

  1. Stay within $400 monthly budget (Prior to May 2010 it was $260/month)
  2. Buy Meat/Protein Locally 
  3. Buy a LOT of veggies (if budget allows, Locally) 
  4. Fats – buy good fats that will help with hypoglycemic issues 
  5. Read Labels – buy items without a bunch of junk (sour cream, whipping cream, etc.)

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