My motivation to change our eating habits came from the meager budget our student loans provided, and my desire to be a stay-at-home mom. Things were tight financially with two kids and my husband in medical school, so I dusted off the 1960s copy of the Betty Crocker Cookbook I swiped from my Mom's stash. I discovered I could cook from raw ingredients and radically slash my food bills. This was not organic food- it was simply raw ingredients. No more pancake mix, frozen meals, or helpers. No! My cart at Aldi overflowed with flour, sugar, vanilla, baking soda, and small amounts of meat. I learned to freeze veggies and fruits in the growing season, and how to stretch each ingredient to the max. Nothing was wasted- I was on a mission to be with my babies. My mom and grandmothers had all cooked homemade, and after much practice, I was getting the hang of it.
We noticed our food tasted better, and we were enjoying my role as stay-at-home mommy. But as anyone who knows Jamie and me can attest, we just couldn't leave good enough alone. We began to wonder, "What else could we change?"