Welcome back! I’m thrilled that you stopped by today. I’m taking an online nutrition course and my instructor starts each session with a very friendly “Welcome back.” I think it stuck……..at least for a while. I’ve been giving a lot of thought to all of the excuses I used for not switching to eating a real food lifestyle. I was the queen of processed foods! I even tried to tell my mother that instant mashed potatoes tasted better than real mashed potatoes. I obviously lost that argument and plenty more just like it.
One of my excuses was that “I was confused.”
Confused? What was there to be confused about? Oh plenty. I was so into processed food that I didn’t know what was processed and what was real. I mean really……..isn’t it all just real food at the grocery store? Oh, silly girl……………I had a lot to learn. I still do. I let that stop me for years and years. During that time……….I got sick, my family gained weight, and we forgot what it means to cook a meal. My illness forced the issue. When you have severe digestive problems and it starts to ruin your life……….without a doubt it is time to start looking at what you are eating. That is the fork in the road that I found myself in.
I was scared and confused because I didn’t know where to start. I googled and researched and studied. Learning about food became an obsession for me. (It kind of still is.) What I was studying was about how to heal my body with food. I did not study about cooking skills. I came to the real food world with very basic cooking skills. The skills my mother taught me as a child. The skills that I had ignored while waiting to place my order at the brightly lit sign. Dinner was a speaker discussion. Nothing more. I didn’t let that stop me.
The whole time I was studying, I still had to feed my family. I didn’t know about sprouted grains, kefir, or green smoothies. I had never heard of quinoa or GMOs. I did know apples. I had to start as basic as basic is possible. My husband was a huge help here. We worked together at the time and he would always run out and buy us lunch. When we decided together that we had to make a change for our family, he went out to the grocery store and came back with foods to make a sandwich. I shudder to think that we didn’t eat whole grains that day. LOL! He brought back Italian bread from the bakery, cheese and turkey. I gobbled up that less than perfect real food and knew that was the start of real change. We were no longer going to use confusion as an excuse and that one simple change allowed me to feel better right away. Not perfect, but definitely better.
I encourage you today to make a decision to eat real food and then do something about it. Don’t worry about making mistakes. Make a sandwich. Cook a dinner. I don’t even care if you use cream of mushroom soup……….just cook something at home. (I will likely be kicked out of the real food community for that one.) Whatever you cook at home will be better than what you get if you go to that drive-through. The rest will come in time. I promise never to judge you as we go through this real food journey together. Come back here to visit often and the confusion will slowly fade away as you swap out the Italian bread for whole grain and learn to make your own cream of mushroom soup like my friend Janine from My Lamp is Full does. Take a look at her recipe if you want to start with that swap.
Are you ready to commit to changing to a real food lifestyle? Where are you going to start? If you have been doing this for a while……….where did you start? What is one easy real food switch you would recommend to others?
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