Piggy-backing off yesterday’s topic of food allergies, today I want to explain how we eat in our house. We believe in helping our daughter (and future children) in every facet that we can while she is in our home. This includes education, sports and activities, emotional wellness, physical wellness. Overall health of body, mind and spirit. Because of this, we have eliminated as much processed food as we can, a little at a time, so that we are all healthier, but especially for her too.
In our house, we try to stick to an Organic and Real Food diet as much as possible. We also buy locally as much as we can, so we know where our food is coming from. It’s been proven that when buying locally about 75% of the money stays local. Both my husband and I work customer-facing jobs so I like to think we are using our money to help our local economy and those people will end up as our customers at some point. Cravings pop up, rough weeks with too much work and not enough cooking pop up. When we eat, especially for Little One, we try to make sure we eat the best we can in that situation. Knowledge is power in this area! I have a few wonderful references for you in terms of starting a Real Food diet, especially for children! It takes a while to understand what you should buy at the grocery store instead of your stand-by foods, it will take a while longer to train your spouse too, believe me! Recipes can be doubled and the extras frozen so you have stand-by meals ready to go on those rough days. And those of you worried about your picky kids, I actually think it’s easier for kids because they don’t have decades of bad food choices behind them and they gain more energy from Real Food. My daughter will choose fruit over cookies any day. And she’d rather eat a Lara Bar for breakfast/snack/etc than pick up a processed granola bar.
I totally encourage you to try this change in lifestyle and see how your body feels. It’s amazing to see how much can change and get better after just one week! I am by no means an expert on this subject, but I do feel very passionately about it.
10 Reasons to cut processed food: http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/10-reasons-to-cut-out-processed-food/
Food Babe writes about all of our favorite restaurants, brands and gives us the real truth about what is in our food. She also gives excellent examples of what to order/not order when you go out. She’s recently done research into what goes into beer and how it is regulated in the US (or not regulated). http://foodbabe.com/
100 Days of Real Food (see above), gives wonderful examples of sample grocery lists and recipes. She give examples of what to feed children. http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/
Weelicious: started by a mom to feed her children healthy, yummy and age-appropriate food. Wonderful recipes and explanations for babies and toddlers (if not the whole family). http://weelicious.com/