Friday, January 20, 2012

Real Food

I didn't make resolutions this year.  None at all, because I know they wouldn't be kept.  I did, however, decide to make some changes in my life and my family's lives.  One of those was to eat healthier.

Now, we never ate a ton of junk food.  I cooked supper almost every single night, and we very rarely ate out.  We hardly ever ate any type of boxed meal, although occasionally, if I was running w-a-y behind, I'd make one. I did drink a lot of coke.  I never really paid attention to the nutritional labels, as far as the ingredients of a product went.  But, one day, I was making Barb Wire Man's typical pack lunch of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and chips.  I was happy to see that the ingredients of my peanut butter were nothing more than "peanuts".  The bread, on the other hand, was not so simple.

"Enriched Bleach Flour".  (Wait, why not just leave it whole and not enrich it?)  
"High Fructose Corn Syrup".  (Honestly, I'm not one to worry too much about this.  I'm an everything in moderation type of person.  Unfortunately, HFCS is in everything, which basically tosses moderation out the window.)
"Dough Conditioners"  (But nothing to tell me what those dough conditioners are.  And, when I make bread, I don't need conditioners!)

I started doing some research on the computer, and am just flabbergasted at some of the things that are in our food these days.  I don't want to feed my family maltoiamnotevensurehowtopronounce it, I want them to eat food.  Like God intended.

So from now on, everything we eat is going to be food as close as possible to the way it started in nature.  At least everything the kids and I eat. that is.   I don't think I will ever pry Barb Wire Man away from his processed foods, so I will keep his diet the same.  If I make mac and cheese with whole wheat noodles for us, I'll make a batch for him the way he likes it.  I'd sure hate for him to eat healthy and take care of himself.   Flower loves all the fresh food.  I knew she would, because she is so much like me.  There isn't much we won't eat. Little Man is getting used to it.  He is just like his daddy when it comes to food: picky, and would choose Mrs. Baird's over a fresh baked loaf any day. (As long as he doesn't start making fun of me for my health choices, like his dad.)o

I can already tell a major difference, and it has only been 3 days.  I'm not as tired as I usually am.  I have a lot more energy.  I am pretty sure my skin looks better, too.  I know its going to take a little extra effort on my part.  No more buying refrigerated rolls.  Nope, I'll be making them from scratch, along with just about everything else.

How many of you are on real food only diets?

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  1. Hi there - I'm dropping by from share your post hop and I'm your newest follower - This January - I made a commitment to save money by - no more fast food (we ate out most nights) - no more diet coke - and more healthy meals. I'm loving it - but I do miss my diet coke...
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  2. I'll be honest I have not started a real food diet, but know I should. Have you read Fast Food Nation? After I read it I steered clear of fast food for about a month. Maybe I should read it again to kick me into gear.

  3. I try and watch our diets too..anything in a box I try and avoid. and when I look at the ingredients..if it is way long and is stuff I can't pronounce I usually don't use it.


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