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When we started climbing out of debt nearly eight years ago, eating real food wasn’t on the radar. We just hoped to have food on the table.
When we started eating real food about two years ago, BPA was something only the crazy-crunchies worried about. Quite frankly, I cared less to learn about it.
Now that I’ve learned the basics about healthy fats, properly prepared carbohydrates and even the truth about dairy – AND we have a working grocery budget that covers our needs every month – I’ve got a good foundation set and I’m ready to take on some of those bigger ticket items like BPA.
Just one at a time though. I might be a bit more “seasoned” in terms of real food than I used to be, but I’m still taking baby steps. – especially when those steps require a bit of extra thinking and digesting. Would you take this one with me?
What is BPA?
BPA is an acronym for bisphenol-A, a man-made compound that’s used to make certain plastics. It’s found in a huge variety of consumer goods, for example:
- baby bottles & sippy cups
- water bottles (both disposable and re-usable)
- sports equipment
- CD’s & DVD’s
- canned food (beans, fish, fruit, meals, soups, vegetables)
- canned beverages (juices, milks, soda)
- lids of jarred foods (including baby food and most canned items)
- baby formula (concentrate or ready-to-use)
- sales receipts
- storage containers
- dental fillings
Clearly, this isn’t an exhaustive list since plastic is pretty much everywhere around us, but it’s a decent start to get our wheels turning.
I think being a blogger is a pretty cool job.
First, there’s you guys. Ya’ll are so great, and I’m not just saying that. In fact, Mr. Crumbs brought up how great you guys were just the other night! He said to me:
You know, you have really great readers. They leave tons of comments and they’re all so nice [implying that he's read mean comments elsewhere].
Aren’t they?! My readers are so awesome. I love that they’re willing to pitch in and share their ideas with others, and no one ever knocks another one down for not doing one real food thing or another.
Really truly, you guys are awesome and you inspire me to keep writing every week. Thank you!
Second, there’s my fellow bloggers. Katie is one of the first bloggers who inspired me to eat real food, but our regular Monday night meetings as her virtual assistant created a friendship that has lasted well beyond the job.
I also met several ladies at Allume last year whom I recognized simply because I visited their blogs. One of the first link-ups I ever shared posts at was hosted by Rachel (who’s a lot taller in real life than I thought she’d be ). Running into (almost literally) Donielle was way cool since it was my sister-in-law who first shared her blog with me (and gave me Nourishing Traditions for Christmas). Then there’s Kelly and Heather, my roommates who are both amazingly talented women. They each blessed me that weekend (and still continue to!) in more ways than they will ever know.