While Aaron gears up for his Science Fair project, I have some experiments of my own up my sleeve. There are two things I’d really like to try, both lasting for two weeks, at the end of which I will be able to judge if the experiments hold any real value.
Experiment #1: “Living” out of one grocery store.
My goal with this experiment is to see how well I can do only visiting one grocery store for a two-week period. Whatever is typically on our grocery list for those two weeks will have to be purchased at one single location, rather than my typical four. So if some items are higher in price at the chosen store, and my budget gets severely blown out of whack, so be it. There’s only one way to really know for sure, right?
If this test runs smoothly, I may make a rotation schedule of the various stores. The ultimate goal is to downscale grocery shopping day and see if the budget is noticeably impacted. Um, we might as well see if my attitude toward shopping is impacted while we’re at it.
Experiment #2: Dining with George
My mom just bought George Mateljan’s book, The World’s Healthiest Foods, and she let me peruse it last night when I stopped by to fetch the munchkins. O…M…G… May I just say that this is the coolest book ever, from a totally healthy, food-and-nutrient-geek standpoint? Not only does the book, which is roughly the size of our family Bible, contain 500 recipes but also meal plans, nutrient information, contraindications, foods to consume for general maladies, chemical composition information (in terms people like me can actually understand), AS WELL AS a minimum of four pages (small type) dedicated to each vitamin, mineral, nutrient, and food. We’re talking over 850 pages of amazing information, categorized efficiently so you can go straight to whatever you want to read about. I read all about foods you should eat to combat high cholesterol, then flipped back 400 pages and read all about walnuts. It’s a kick-butt book, believe me. I can see how it took George over ten years to write the book. And I want to read every…single…page. Right now.
The World’s Healthiest Foods website touts the book as being able to help you “make great-tasting foods in 7-minutes or less with 5 or fewer ingredients to fit your busy lifestyle.”
Um, bring it on, right?
My point in the experiment is this: with five hundred of the healthiest recipes at my fingertips in this one HUGE book, I am going to try to spend two weeks eating NOTHING BUT what is listed in the book. I’d like to know: 1) if I can really do that; 2) if my kids will share my enthusiasm for the experiment (I think Dom is going to be a hard enough sell); and 3) how different I will feel after eating only the best foods for two weeks straight. I’m talking breakfast, lunch and dinner. I am so pumped about trying this out.
I should probably mention here that I am not planning on never eating a Twix again. Let’s be realistic. But I do intend to make a better effort at eating healthier all the way around. When I get really “into” something, I tend to make a giant head-first mess of it and then fine-tune it later. That’s just how I roll. It’s going to take me a little while to get the two weeks’ worth of menus all lined up. And I know I can’t do this experiment simultaneously with the first one. George has some good food in his book, and I don’t want to limit myself to one store if I need some very specific items.
So there it is, folks… my next big plan. Hopefully one of these experiments will give me something to incorporate into my permanent routines. I am sure you can think of a million more exciting ways to spend your time, but quite frankly, (hee hee) I just can’t. Heaven help me, I am becoming a food geek.