Food 101

Does feeding your family stress you out?  Do you feel overwhelmed by the all the diets that are advocated?  They’re everywhere!  Just a short amount of research will lead you to all kinds of option: vegetarian, vegan, raw, traditional, GAPS, SCD, fat-free, sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free.  It seems like no one can agree on what is best for you.

You can research forever and not find any real consensus.  I’ve done loads of research for myself to figure out what is best for my family and what seemed most logical.  The result for my family was complete healing from chronic health issues that I had battled unsuccessfully for a long time with modern medicine.

It all boiled down to this.  Eat real food.  That’s it.

In our house we don’t count calories, or fat, or carbohydrates, or levels of sodium, or any other thing we’re “supposed” to do.   We simply eat food in its whole, natural state.

So is it really that simple?  It can be!

Here are some basic principles to start with.

  • The vast majority of the food you consume should not have an ingredient label.  This means doing most of your grocery shopping around the perimeter of the grocery store.  Stock up on lots of produce, meat, beans, and whole grains.
  • The next biggest category of food to buy should be foods that are minimally processed in healthy ways from a whole food.  This would include things like cold pressed olive oil, butter, full fat plain yogurt, whole grain pasta, and cheese.
  • Products that come in bags, boxes, and cans should not be looked at as health food and should only make up a very small percentage of your diet.  This would include things like cereal, chips, and cookies, canola or vegetable oil or fake butter spreads, white flour and sugar.  Even the “healthy” versions of these foods.

Eating this way can be a little overwhelming at first.  This is especially true if you are used to relying on processed convenience foods.  That’s ok!  Just start by making small changes.  Rather than throwing everything in your cupboards out, use it up slowly while you transition to healthier options.

Each week I will be posting how I came to these conclusions as well as giving you some healthy alternatives and recipes so that you can nourish your family.  I’ll start you out with my 2-year-old’s favorite and a great substitute for the packaged, preservative and additive laden version.

Oven Roasted French Fries

Yukon gold potatoes

Equal parts melted butter and olive oil

Sea salt and pepper

Cut potatoes into skinny fry shapes.  Toss with oil and butter.  Spread out in a single layer on a large sheet pan.  Sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes.  Stir and bake for another 15 minutes.  Stir and bake another 5-15 minutes until they reach your desired level of doneness.

About Elizabeth

Elizabeth enjoys life as a wife and stay-at-home mom to her two daughters, 3-year-old Evelyn and 1-year-old Annabelle. She is passionate about home birth, breastfeeding, cloth diapering, attachment parenting, alternative medicine, crafting, and healthy eating. She and her husband are in the process of a local trans-racial adoption.
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2 Responses to Food 101

  1. Jazz says:

    Great post, we follow the Paleo diet which is all natural foods and no grains. We do occasionaly eat wheta products but to try to keep it at a minnimum. Real food is the way to go.

  2. withLOVE says:

    We follow that rule too!! Eating real foods have given us more energy and have us feeling GREAT! Thanks for posting