Our system for food delivery.

  1. Start variety early. We were lucky to live close to a rockstar indian place when my wife was pregnant with both boys. Their tastes really do begin in utero. The healthier and more exotic you can eat as a new mom to be - the better.

  2. Involve the children. As soon as they could walk, we had the kids up on the stove top stirring and on the countertop playing with dough and mixing.

  3. Get your staples dialed. Your ingredient list is your shopping list. You need to walk in the direction of more plants and less processed foods. The American grocery store is a wonderful place, but it is amazing how easily wheat thins and potato chips are to put in that cart. Stay strong!

  4. Teach the connections. Your food is an amazing place to start learning about supply chains, the environment, people, the value of work, globalization, local economies, the water cycle - and I’m just getting started. Use your meal preparation time to teach some wonder!

  5. Practice consistency and balance. It is a balancing act. You have to provide healthy options - more plants, less processed food. But you also have to stay consistent over years! That is a monumental task that will be accomplished by choosing a direction and walking that way. You need to look at this as a journey. That means getting into the nitty gritty and focusing just on each little step in front of you. Don’t worry about anything else. As long as you are stepping in the right direction you will get there.

You are not alone in wanting, trying and accomplishing the monumental task of bringing healthy food to your family’s table. Society is stacked against us, but we are making lots of progress. By making healthy choices, you are setting up your children and yourself for success. It is amazing how many of our struggles with our children come from nutrition. They may be cranky, mean, excited and awnry. And guess what? It is because of what they ate, didn’t eat or if the slept or not.