Hello all! It’s so good to have you come back to visit again. I have been blogging for a year and a half now and during this time, I have come to find out that people can be quite touchy about food. We all want to think that we are doing the best that we can for our families. It turns out………….there are lots of different opinions on what the “best” really is…………..even among those of us who choose to eat real food.
Why is that?
Real Food is a term that we all toss around, but it has different definitions depending on who you talk to. For the most part, real food is wholesome and nutritious. It is simple. It is unprocessed. It is whole food. It is prepared in traditional ways using the recipes our great – grandmothers used.
In the years since, whole real foods have been replaced with highly processed food-like substances. Most of the food in the grocery store has been invented. (Yes, I said invented) in the last 50 years. To quote Captain Hook in one of my favorite TV shows Once Upon A Time, “They served me something barbaric, something called bologna.” Think about it……..do you eat the same now as you did when you were a kid? How often do you eat outside the home in comparison to when you were a kid?
Simple, pure, and whole is at the core of real food. It has been further complicated by industrialized farming which includes chemicals and GMO foods and GMO feed which is given to the animals we eat. Real food enthusiasts talk about eating seasonally, eating sustainable foods, eating locally, eating humanely, and eating in an ecologically sound way. How on Earth are we supposed to do all of that with our busy schedules?
We make choices for our families.
We choose what we want to feed our families. Some want to eat Paleo, some Vegetarian, some Flexitarian, and some choose options without fancy titles. We all consider ourselves Real Food eaters. One of my family’s goals is to reduce our overall sugar consumption. One of the ways we do this is by choosing to use honey and maple syrup as our sweeteners. It is very difficult to find processed food with these ingredients so it forces me to cook our sweets and treats. Do we eat white sugar on occasion? Sure we do, but it is rare. At the holidays I made sugar cookies……..with sugar. How else can you make them? We enjoyed them fully, but we don’t make it a habit to eat like this on a regular basis. We save sugar for special times and then we enjoy every bite. As a result, treats are back to being treats in my family. Treats are no longer every day foods.
So……….you want to make the switch to Real Food?
Keep it simple. Whole Foods. Simple Foods. Pure Foods. Foods rich with nutrition. You can figure out all of the other stuff later. For more on the food rules my family has chosen, you can take a look at this post.
Have you tried to eat real foods? Do you have any food rules for your family? Have you given any thought to what makes your family feel healthy and focused? Are there any foods that you try to avoid?
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