As of now, my immediate family is the only one interested in and actively pursuing a traditional foods diet. So, of course the question is…
How do we stick with our traditional foods diet while eating at someone else’s home?
First and foremost, let me just say, that I am NOT so rigid about eating this way that I turn my nose up at other people’s way of cooking.
I honestly think that it is better to be polite, respectful and grateful to your host and hostess than to shun their food offerings. This is also a lesson I would like to instill in my children.
Yes- we may choose to eat a certain way. But NO it is not our obligation to force those beliefs on others. Be gracious and accepting of the things you are offered by your host. And realize that you do not eat like that everyday.
So here is what I plan to do. I spent the last two days baking up whole wheat rolled oatmeal cookies and honey whole wheat soft pretzels.
Those two items will serve as our snack foods. The biggest problem we have when we eat around other people is snacks. Breakfast, lunch and dinner tend to be whole foods (for the most part). But when its snack time, it could easily go to cheese doodles and processed pudding.
Okay, got the snacks covered.
As I mentioned, we ARE going to a birthday party, so what kind of mother would I be to deprive my kids of little birthday cake? I know some parents would prefer to not let their kids have this kind of food, but you know I’m just not at that point in my journey yet.
The good news is that my mother-in-law loves to cook for her kids and grandkids, so I’m thinking we will have relatively whole and traditional foods there.
The tough part will be the trip there and back. Road trips are full of fast food stops. And my kids are not so different from most American children.
They love a chicken nugget or two. And they consider chicken nuggets, French fries and chocolate milk the BEST treat ever.
We’ll see how it goes. I’ll be sure to update you on Monday when we get back home.
How do you prepare (food wise) for traveling? What kinds of food to you typically eat?