If you have been following The Real Food Experience 2015, you know we have made it to Week 3. We started out our Real Food Experience adding in more fruits and vegetables to our diet. Last week we made the switch from highly processed white flours and rice to eating whole grains. We even had fun trying some new grains. We’ve now reached Week 3, and it’s time to start making some cuts from our diet. Up until now, we really were just adding to our nutrition base. This is the first week we start talking about harmful food additives. This week may be a bigger challenge for many of you. You can start with us at the beginning of the challenge weeks or join us at this point. There is lots more conversation going on in our Real Food Experience Facebook group so come on over and join us there.
Doesn’t our government only approve ingredients in our food that won’t harm us? You would think so, but that is not the case in the United States right now. The FDA has approved food dyes that have since been banned and they still allow many food dyes that are banned in other countries. Many of our favorite brands already have the recipes to make our favorite foods like Kraft Macaroni and Cheese without artificial colors in the UK where they are banned. However, they are still using these harmful ingredients in the US recipes.
Now it’s your turn………go out into the world and choose foods that don’t include artificial colors. You will probably have to do a lot of label reading. You will be surprised at all of the crazy places you find artificial food dyes. Keep eating your fruit and vegetables and whole grains too. Congratulations! You are three steps along your real food journey. You are making progress that will lead to better long-term health for your family.What are you finding to be the hardest part of transitioning to a real food diet? What is the craziest place you have found artificial food dyes? Have you noticed any behavior changes in your children due to food dyes?
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