Get Real 2012!

We are so excited to have you join this new chapter here at Once A Month Mom!

This year-long series is for those who have had even the slightest desire to transition your family to whole foods. You may have started, you may have started and quit, you may be completely overwhelmed, not know where to start. This series is for you. This series is for me. This series is not for everyone. And this series is not meant to permanently transform OAMM into a whole foods community. It is to enlighten, to encourage and to walk alongside those that wish to make the journey themselves. Above all, no matter what, it is a still a community of freezer cooks so please be kind, tolerant and encouraging to those that aren’t choosing this journey.

For those of you that are choosing this journey, it is my (Tricia) personal belief that so many desire to transition to whole foods, they just don’t know where to start; and the thought of doing it all at once is just too mind-boggling. At least, that is my story. Therefore this is a piecing together of what we (Tricia & Kelly), with the assistance of some very knowledgeable folks, believe will lead to a successful transition to whole foods. Not just another fad.

We will be taking a year long journey, eliminating processed foods step by step, month by month. We will be providing as much education as we can, and encourage you to learn more on your own and share with us. We will get rid of and add to our palettes. We will discuss and debate. We will journal. We will struggle with budgets and ingredients and family favorites. We will celebrate!

Each month we will focus on a different aspect of the transition. From cleaning out your pantry, reading and interpreting labels, organic versus conventional, meats, fruit and vegetables, grains and much more.

The Year-Long Schedule

We will be posting weekly items that pertain to the monthly topic, generating discussions, hosting Facebook Fan Page Nights to talk about where we are successful and where we are struggling. In the end, our hope is that we arrive at the end of the year successfully, together, making a transition that will make us proud, our families healthier and our lives richer. I hope you will consider joining us. It will not be easy, but it will be together.

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