My dad took a tumble a few days ago so the children and I are basking in sunny Oklahoma to help out my folks. My parents moved here a couple of months ago and this is our first visit. It is quite beautiful and quite warm.
My dad broke his collar bone, a couple of ribs and dislocated several other things. He also hurt his foot and ankle but didn’t realize it at the time. Yesterday morning his foot was swollen and extremely angry looking. We spent the day at the docs and the hospital having tests to rule out a blood clot. Thankfully it is only a bruise/sprain.
My mama has asked that I teach her more about ‘real food’ while we are here. She says she has been doing some reading but isn’t exactly sure where to start. Like many people they are on a fixed income so the financial aspect of higher quality food is a bit of a stumbling block for her. Where to start is the big question that she isn’t sure how to answer.
If you have read here much you know that I am a big believer in transitioning to real food a little at a time in order to keep from overwhelming the budget and also to get used to the new foods and preps. BUT…
I find myself wondering if transitioningslowly is really the best choice for my parents. Their health is not as good as it could/should be. I find myself thinking that they need to go of a Standard American Diet (SAD) cold turkey. They need the health benefits associated with good fats, high quality proteins, bone broth, ferments and cultures. But then we are back to the money issue. They have a pantry full of food and the idea of tossing it all and replacing it freaks my mom out a bit. Plus being new to the area they will need to find all of their sources. And with health issues (both from my dads fall and ongoing) they can’t run all over the place to make their purchases.
We’d love to have your suggestions as to where you would start with a quick transition from a SAD diet to a nutrient dense, real food style of eating.