here about the changes I wanted to make in my diet, the way I buy groceries, and the way I want to cook. Since the first quarter of 2017 is now behind us I thought I'd check in with my progress and talk about where I want to go from here.
1. Reevaluate how I shop - pick quality over quantity.
Progress - So far so good. I've switched to buying about 90% of my groceries at a local store that specializes in organic and as locally sourced as possible groceries. I've been surprised that my grocery bill hasn't really gone up that much. It's a little higher but not a huge amount and the ingredients I'm buying look so much better and frequently taste so much better.
2. Know my limitations - know what I will and won't make from scratch
Progress - I'm definitely buying less pre-made stuff though I do need to find a good brownie recipe that tastes as good as the Ghiradelli mix. The one thing I want to do more of is bread baking. I really enjoy it but I haven't been great about making it happen. While I definitely know my limitations I do want to push them a little bit more than I'm doing.
3. Learn more about what I'm buying - Figure out what's really better and what's really worth buying
Progress - Eh not sure here. I have switched to buying mostly organic and dairy products from local farms or at the very least companies that swear their cows are on small farms and are grass fed and given dancing lessons every Tuesday or whatever. This is hard to do because it seems like everyone has a different opinion and everyone is convinced their opinion is 100% right. Then you get into the sources that don't think you should eat animal products at all or should only buy from local farms and not use grocery stores at all and after awhile my head is spinning.
4. Plan out what I'm having for lunch and snacks - Actually put some thought into what I'm eating instead of just grabbing what's available -
Progress - Hahahaha! I've done nothing on this one except develop an addiction to White Cheddar Pirate's Booty. Definitely need to work on this one!
5. Take some online cooking classes - Learn how to do things right not just what works
Progress - So I haven't actually done this but I've found a few places I want to try and I've got another experiment going that's in the spirit of this that I'm looking forward to figuring out.
Going forward - For the most part I feel like I'm doing what I set out to do. I do want to work more on eating seasonally and I'm planning on switching to buying most of my produce at the local farmer's markets when they open in a few weeks as well as hopefully getting some veggies out of my own garden. The main thing I'd like to change is to work harder on putting some thought into my own meals and snacks. Need to work on using my "Snacks for Me" Pinterest board!
Did you make foodie resolutions this year? How are you doing with sticking to them?
I'm linking up with Weekend Cooking hosted by Beth Fish Reads