About 4 years ago when we moved into our house I stopped cooking anything out of boxes. With the exception of the occasional box of mac and cheese, most everything else is homemade with fresh ingredients as often as possible. I have felt very good about this choice and have earned myself ranking as the most boring lunch packing mom(however his teacher wants to eat his lunches:).
So I guess in saying all of this I have been wanting to fast on efforts to really learn what God has to say about how I should feed the four of us. The fast I have chosen is the Daniel Fast. It is a vegan fast that lasts 21 days. You cut out all meat, dairy, artificial sweeteners, alcohol, and caffeine/herbal tea. Basically this leaves you with fruits, vegetables, whole grains, olive oil, and water. You also leave out all leavening agents. The only fluid you drink is water however you can have smoothies because that is considered a meal supplement.
I will be studying the book of Daniel as well as a devotional that I have picked up and put down many of times (Streams in the Desert).
I am not doing this alone though BJ has agreed to do it with me in an effort to be supportive. He has been looking over the same materials as I so we are on the same page.
And don't worry we won't be going vegan forever, I strongly believe there is a a large place for meat in our diets as well as occasional sweets and treats:)
If you would like to read more about what we are doing or if you are interested in joining us in the fast check out this website.
I will keep you updated.
And P.S. its ok if you think we are hippies or extremists my brother does;)