Eating Real Foods

We live on a small farm and grow a lot of our own food, buy local meats, eggs, and milk, but there is still a fair amount of food that we must buy  - at the grocery store or Costco.

I thought our diet was pretty healthy - I read labels, but I tended to skim over the ingredients I didn't recognize.

After reading In Defense of Food  and  The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan I felt like our eating habits needed a few significant changes. We ate pretty healthy, but we needed to eliminate the processed foods - mainly white flour and sugar - that were in our diet.

Processed foods, often claiming to be low fat or low carb, are in fact the very thing making a lot of Americans unhealthy, sick, and fat. If you don't believe me, watch
Making smarter (and sometimes more expensive) food choices now may reduce our healthcare costs later in life. According to Michael Pollan, "the industrialization of our food" can be traced to four of the top chronic, fatal diseases - coronary heart disease, diabetes, stroke and cancer.

Recently our family started including only whole, unprocessed foods in our diet. We have noticed a variety of personal health benefits such as having more energy, losing weight, and overall just feeling healthier.

As we sought to loose weight, we noticed simply eating whole foods - products of nature - was much less complicated and successful than counting calories.

Starting now while the kids are young and their palate is moldable helps them to learn to prefer whole foods over processed foods.

What are Real Foods?
Whole foods in their most natural states - organic (when possible) fruits, veggies, dairy products, local raised meats (without hormones or antibiotics), 100% whole grain products, natural sweeteners, water, tea, coffee and wine.

The hardest for us to loose was our desserts! We have learned to make a few with whole grain flour and natural sweeteners.

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