Our journey to real food. . . . I am not sure where to begin. My husband and I have always wanted to eat healthy. We chose what we thought were the best alternatives for our family. We don’t drink soda except on vacation or a few holidays and we tried to pick the most healthy breakfast cereals. Let’s just say we didn’t eat a lot of junk food. I always made sure my kids were eating their vegetables and fruits. We never have liked buying a lot of produce from the store because of all the chemicals/pesticides that are used on them. We decided long ago that we would plant a garden and get as much of our own fresh food as possible. We have had a garden consistently for about 18 years. Rick then took some classes and became a master gardener and then became an expert at winter gardening which helps us have our own fresh vegetables year around! This is really how we began our real food journey by just doing our own garden. We wanted to provide our own healthy organic food.
Our next step happened about 4 years ago when we slowly started switching most of the flour we use from white flour to whole wheat. Two years ago we switched from store bought whole wheat flour to flour we grind fresh ourselves.
It was about a year ago that I was actually sitting down and watching TV(that doesn’t happen often). I was watching a talk show that had Tosca Reno on it. She was talking about her eat clean diet. She also talked about how much sugar is in our diets and how it has become a drug that we are all addicted to. I went to the library and checked out all of her books and started reading. Most of her books talk about eating real food and about paying attention to the labels of the food you buy and look at the sugar content. Rick also had just finished reading a Michael Poland book.
We both started talking and when we would go buy our groceries we started looking at the labels of everything. Wow! I was shocked to learn how much junk was in the food I was eating. I couldn’t even pronounce most of the ingredients. What in the world was I feeding my family??? I thought we were eating pretty good but oh was I wrong. My favorite book of Tosca Reno’s was “The Eat Clean Diet for Families and Kids”. This was the best book for me because it helped me by giving me a simple guide to eating cleaner for my family. She made it seem more manageable and affordable. I also then started searching the internet for ideas of how to eat better. I read blogs of other people who have tried to change to real food. One of my favorite blogs was of course 100 Days of Real food. Thanks so much to that blog . . .so much help and info and recipes to keep our family going.
I want to share with you for the next few weeks our family’s experience with this journey toward real food. I want to let you know how we started and what worked and didn’t work. I must admit it wasn’t an easy road to take at first and we had a lot of struggles. We have a house full of almost all teenagers and they have resisted our change of diet quite a bit. We at first tried to do it all at once and it just didn’t work. We decided that it would be best to start slow and change what we ate every few months . . . so the teens could adjust! We are not perfect at eating real food all the time and we have our setbacks and yes, we are still trying to take some foods out of our diet; but we are trying and I think that is all the matters!!!
I love how we are eating now!!! I feel better . . . I feel healthy and I have so much more energy when I put the right kinds of food in my body. Has it been easy? No! But it is so worth it, once you get used to it. I hope for the next few weeks as I post about this, that our practical approach to eating real food will help some of you out there who are thinking about it and want to try it. If you are ready to make the change, decide now and go for it . . . believe me you will never regret it, nor will you ever want to go back to eating the way you did before.
So please check back often. I will be posting a new article about our real food journey every week for the next month or so. Next weeks post will be on our conversion to baking 100% of our own breads.
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