nourishing cupboard update

Jeanne here.

With a status report.

Back in November, I showed you this picture and shared a few ways one could start building a more nourishing cupboard:

cupbard-2 The goal, of course, is to cut out processed, refined, extruded, synthesized food.  To feed our family whole, real, simple food that my grandmother would recognize as food… food that’s not fortified or enriched or genetically enhanced because it still has its nutrients in tact.

That’s the goal.

See all those boxes of cereal?

Two boxes of Sunbelt granola.  EnviroKidz Organic Amazon Corn Flakes.  Some Cascadian Farms cereal.  And some other random box of cereal that I can’t remember.

And do you see that big bag of organic sugar on the top shelf?

And the cereal bars?

And the plastic containers and bags?


I know.

I should have been a little anxious about sharing it.

But, you know, it’s a process.  Building a nourishing cupboard doesn’t happen overnight.

But the cereal … I know store-bought cereal isn’t nutritious.

I know it’s not really food.

I know that even the “good for you” cereal is highly processed and not-so nutrient-dense.

I know that the process they use to create those puffs and flakes and granolas uses high heat and extrusion and strips out most of the nutrients that exist in the wheat and corn in its natural state.  I know that the synthetic nutrients they add back in are less accessible in our bodies.  (Click here if you want more info about the dangers of store-bought cereal.)

No, that doesn’t mean I don’t still love a late-night snack of granola with yogurt and honey.  Old habits … But again, it’s a process … and I’m happy to say that we are down to one box of cereal (and I save it for that rare 3 am when nothing else will satisfy the craving).

Check it out.  This is our cupboard today:


I’m happy to see that the sugar bag hasn’t really moved.  And it looks like we haven’t really used much (if any) since the last post.

I’m psyched to see that we’ve graduated to more glass storage containers.  (No more BPAs in the cupboard!)

I’m proud of the lack of plastic bags from the bulk aisle (we now bring the jars with us as they empty).

I’m surprised to see we have no more popcorn … and know now that I have to take a trip to the Co-Op later today.

And I’m happy to know we’ve got a few Larabars left.  (We don’t often have store-bought Larabars in the house because I make a sour-cherry-date-almond-chia “raw cookie” that is pretty tasty … but it’s nice, once in a while, to have the option of a short-cut 🙂

But most of all … I see that one little box of cereal on the bottom shelf …

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…And I think to myself …

Whooop!  Whooop!


Anyway … there’s still some work to be done.  But I’m really enjoying the process.

How’s your cupboard?

how to start building a nourishing cupboard

Jeanne here …

I’ve recently been asked a few times about how to start eating a nourishing diet. How to start changing one’s diet.

I’ll admit readily that it’s not always easy. Because we are creatures of habit. Because habits are easy. And breaking habits is not.

So don’t expect it to happen overnight.

Because it won’t happen overnight (and if it doeshappen overnight, it’s going to cost waaaaaay too much money. And it might not stick).

My advice is to start small. Start in the cupboard.

When you run out of Skippy, just don’t buy another jar. Look for a healthier alternative that you might enjoy. The kiddos and I have switched to almond butter. But the Cowboy digs his PBJ and I know a lot of folks who don’t like having to stir the organic peanut butters. Natural Directions offers a peanut butter that absolutely does not require stirring. (Maybe you see it on the second shelf of our cupboard?) So maybe that’s your first step.

If you start small, I promise, that one day you will realize as you walk through the grocery store you are only walking around the edges. Maybe you’ll dip into an aisle or two, but mostly you are on the outskirts. Fruits. Veggies. Dairy. Meat. With a diversion down the baking/bulk aisle for flours and oils and spices.

Again, it doesn’t happen overnight. But one day you realize you are living on the fringe!

And the fewer aisles you visit, the lower your food bill! Even if you’re spending a little extra on organics.

So you get more food and spend less. And when you eat more food (versus eating processed food-like products), you might find yourself feeling better!

It’s a happy coincidence.

But again, how do you start?

Simply. Of course.

For me, it was figuring out easy changes like replacing vegetable and canola oils with things like extra virgin olive oil (organic EVOO is available at Costco), grape seed oil and coconut oil (oils with higher smoke points, that are easier to digest), looking into replacements for refined sugar like maple syrup (which we buy in the bulk aisle) and locally sourced honey.

And so what happens when you make these changes?

Well, for example, I realized that buying locally sourced honey wasn’t only good for the pocketbook, but great for our bodies, too. You want to know why? It’s because the bees make their honey from the local flora and fauna. And ingesting THAT honey causes your body to build up the right immunity to those pollens, thereby alleviating Spring allergies! Seriously, who wouldn’t want a more gentle spring allergy season because you spent the winter drinking tea with honey?!?

Count me in!

What changes have you made that are making a difference …to your wallet and/or to your well-being?

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