In our journey towards eating more whole foods and cutting out conventionally made junk, I've come to a couple of realizations. The first is that it's not nearly as hard as I thought it would be. Homemade really does taste better and making that switch has been nothing short of a flavor awakening. With a little planning and a good attitude about spending some time in the kitchen, the whole process is fun rather than laborious.
The second is that when you share your home with other people, compromise has to be on the menu. It would be fair to say that a majority of our family's food philosophy has originated with me. Steve is a willing co-conspirator and frequently thanks me for the effort that I put into our meal planning, but he readily admits that if it were just him, he would default to whatever was most convenient. He'll occasionally eat fast food, which is something that I just won't do. From the very beginning I've made it a priority to honor his food choices with the hope that he will honor mine. There's really nothing to be gained from nagging him about it or getting upset about it. We're different people with different priorities and that's okay.
There are a few particular food items that he is reluctant to give up and I've had to find a way to be accepting and supportive of these vices. Pictured above are the "big three." They are all things that, for a number of reasons, I would rather not bring into our home. I love my husband and don't want him to eat unhealthy junk, for one. I don't want to financially support the companies that make them, for two. And I will not let Silas eat them and I want to avoid Daddy-gets-to-eat-it-so-why-can't-I struggles, for three (something that we've already had to deal with).
To Steve's credit, he has been willing to try alternatives. We've tried making homemade ranch dressing and done taste tests of all the organic brands out there, but none of them do it for him quite the way Hidden Valley does. He was actually a fan of the organic pancake syrup that I got for him (he won't eat straight up maple syrup for some crazy reason), but he said that he doesn't enjoy it enough to justify the triple increase in cost. And he would try homemade sparkling water if we ever got around to buying a home carbonation system. But for now, we just keep on and I remember to be thankful that I have a husband who is so very willing to try new things; who is kind and grateful that I make him dinner, no matter what it is; and who is supportive of the life that we've chosen to live together.
Do you have any food vices that you can't/won't give up?