Hot Spot #4 was the pantry and refrigerator. On top of that Tsh challenged us to take a good long look at what and how we eat.
For over a year, my family was on a pretty good diet of organic, natural and raw products. I cooked from scratch almost every night. I was very, very proud of this fact. Of course, it was predicated by the fact that when Little Man was about 6 weeks old, we discovered that he was not only allergic to dairy, but also to soy. As I was his sole source of food, that meant I couldn't eat dairy or soy either. Interestingly enough, it was the SOY allergy that really made us have to cut out a lot of foods. Sadly the food industry puts soy in a lot of foods where it doesn't necessarily belong. In an effort to be able to eat ANYTHING, we started shopping religiously at Whole Foods, Trader Joe's and our local farmers markets. And I had to start cooking, something I didn't really do prior to this (not that I was incapable, I just chose not to).
Then Little Man grew out of his allergy (and weaned!), Diesel's company cut him back to part time at about 75% of his hourly rate and I went back to work full time after more than year at 1/2 and 3/4 time. Oh and Diesel decided to go back to school. As we got busier, the paychecks got smaller and Little Man's diet opened up more, the pre-packaged convenience foods crept back into our lives & our pantry. I thought I was still doing pretty well about making healthy and earth-friendly choices, photographing my pantry and refrigerator was very eye opening.
I'm mortified at the amount of Hamburger Helper, Rice-A-Roni, Pop Tarts and soda that we own.
Starting with this weekend's trip to the grocers, I'm getting back on the wagon. I'm going to work very hard to make eating QUALITY foods that are good for our bodies and good for the planet fit within our budget. It will be difficult, but I think we can do it!
Oh and I've started listening to Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver on my commute.
Anywho... to get to the before and after of it all... here is my pantry and fridge:
I was happy to discover THIS little gem waiting to reward me for my hard work:
Oh and I call this shelf in our fridge the "yes, in fact we ARE Asian" shelf :