Clean Eating & Clean Living with a working family - sharing how & why we embrace it
I am a big believer in clean eating & clean living but what does that mean? This is a little bit about our family philosophy and how my husband and I try to raise a happy, healthy family when we both work.What I know is we have made Clean Eating and Clean Living a priority in our family home. Our number 1 choice in raising our children has been to be there as much as possible in the informative, 'mouldable' habit and skill-forming years of early childhood (0-7 years): to show and to share with our children how to live a more mindful and nourished life. I have always hoped that we will create a happy, healthy home if
- we eat unprocessed foods and prepare food from scratch with my little ones helping (even it is to set the table or pick some herbs) and we eat our meals together,
- every week I take my kids to shops and markets (so much fun if there is a bric-a-brac one attached) and give them a basket to pick out the 'good' foods,
- spend lots of time outside as we build and dig the kitchen garden (even if it does not produce that much or look like a designer patch!),
- have a pet that produces - in our case chickens and a worm farm instead of a dog which you can't use its waste or cat that frightens and kills the native birds we try to attract with our Australian native garden
- recycle, re-use, re-purpose everything from food to the toys they have (second hand toy auctions are fab for money making skills too!)
- spend as much time as possible outdoor in the bush (not just the park with set play equipment) and taking walks that they will embrace a more carefree and mindful way of living.
- use environmentally friends cleaning and personal care products, don't have carpet and live with white clothes that are a shade of grey because we don't use mainstream detergents.
Meet one of our 5 chooks - Emma is a prolific layer so we always have a package of perfect protein to whip up a meal. We don't live off our garden but what we produce always adds a delicious dimension - fresh herbs, citrus, green leaves and the organic produce we grow bails us out of a 'there is no food in the fridge' situation so we don't have to comprise clean eating for overly processed convenience food.