Improve Your Family’s Diet in the New Year

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Ring in the new year with some diet changes to help you and your whole family.

Improve Your Family's Diet in the New Year - Ring in the new year with some diet changes to help you and your whole family.

Nutrition and health are two things that I’m very passionate about. I know that a lot of illnesses can be prevented and/or treated by a better diet. The more I’ve read, the more I’ve gotten fired up about giving my kids better health now. I’ve ranted a fair amount about it in the past. The American food system is pretty jacked up. I think we consumers have been played.

But, we can change things. We can vote with our dollars — by what we put into our shopping carts.

Last year, I wrote a fairly extensive series about how to improve your family’s diet. You can catch up here if you missed it:

Let’s start 2015 with some good food goals, shall we?

What ways are you looking to improve YOUR diet in the new year?

About Jessica Fisher

I believe anyone can prepare delicious meals—no matter their budget.

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  1. Janet says

    We need to lose weight. However we have to do so within our grocery budget and addressing my husband’s special dietary needs. He has type I diabetes.

  2. TSandy says

    I never see anything written about this so I’m going to post. One of the best ways to save money and eat healthier is to form/join a local organics group. I joined one last year and it amazes me the wide variety of organic food and the price I pay for these items. My local group is rather large (over 600 families and growing rapidly every month). We buy in such quantity that the deals we negotiate with local farmers/ranchers are often as good as the grocery retailers get wholesale. We try to source from local suppliers and it becomes a win/win for both sides. The growers/farmers only have to sell in bulk one time and we volunteer for local pick up times.
    1. We order from an organic rancher every two months for organic animal feed (for those who raise their own animals) and for organic flours and grains. (Your choice whether you grind it yourself or he does at no added cost). What’s fabulous is the organic rancher who grows it also owns the grain mill. This means those big agra companies never touch my grain.
    2. Local honey & honey supplies every four months

  3. TSandy says

    (Sorry I hit enter before I was done.)

    3. Every six months grass fed beef, whole hog, and lamb sales. Sourced locally from one area rancher and you develop a working relationship with the guy who actually slaughters and processes the meat to your specifications. Again this means I no longer buy meat at the grocery store.
    4. Local organic orchards- the rates we paid for locally sourced apples, pears, and peaches was $28-30/case of fruit this year. Also now sourcing nuts grown locally starting this year.
    5. Group orders for bulk spices at wholesale cost (those are now ordered every 1-2 months)
    6. Group orders from organic online retailers that save on shipping plus we receive discounts- organic coconut, herbs, and a well known organic grocery retailer
    7. Group also serves as a reference for small family run businesses selling raw milk, eggs, goat milk, and goat cheese. Prices are so much better than foun

    • Sounds like a great group! We have an Azure Standard group here, but I’ve not seen folks co-oping for these other items.

  4. Candy says

    Inspired by you I got a breadmaker so that I can control the ingredients better. I also read about additives and have become more conscious of watching ingredients lists for hidden dairy,corn,eggs,and soy. I don’t eliminate them,but I want to know when I’m eating them. Because of this we are trying to eat more foods in their natural state

  5. I actually did a Whole 30 in September. Since then, we’ve been doing a (mostly) Paleo diet, and I’ve lost almost 40 pounds. Hubs & ds#3 have had their share of bread, but they have both agreed to cut back in the New Year. We’ll be participating in the Pantry Challenge as well, which could make our meals pretty interesting (no filling the gaps with bread or pasta!) 😉

  6. We really need to get back on track with trying to kick the sugar habit.

    One of the toughest things for our family is the relationship between eating healthy and doing it on a budget. I know that it can be challenging, but I also know that it can be done.

    Thanks for all you have done to inspire and encourage us in this area, Jessica. I’m looking forward to seeing what you have in store for us in 2015 (no pressure, though!)

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