I recently came across a blog called 100 Days of Real Food. So I curiously investigated it, hoping to discover just what this author’s definition of “real food” was.
(And I have to preface this with saying – I love food. I adore a fine meal. Give me wine and coffee and chocolate any day of the week. In fact, I think a chocolate and peanut butter pairing is one of the sweetest there is. So I was a bit wary that this “real food” thing might be a whole lot of ‘eat-nothing-that-casts-a-shadow-in-the-morning’ kind of hooey).
I was most pleasantly surprised.
The author was concerned about her young kids and what they were eating (like I am) and decided to give her family’s food habits a serious overhaul. When she had trouble finding resources to help her make changes, she came up with her own realistic process – and a blog to support it.
“Realistic” is key here, because let’s face it – if being healthier when you have young children and a busy life involves finding, purchasing and cooking quail eggs with roasted piquillo peppers – it ain’t gunna happen.
Anyway, so she pledged to go for 100 days straight without eating any highly processed foods. And she blogged about it along the way.
I haven’t committed to 100 days of zero processed foods just yet. But I have limited our highly processed foods big time. And I have to say – so far, I’m really loving it! Making healthy, “real” food for my kids every day (and for myself) feels really great. I’ve gotten a teensy bit obsessed with my girls’ school lunches. They just look so pretty! In fact, I’ve discovered that real food has a ton of great things about it… From how colourful it is (the bright, beautiful reds of strawberries and fresh tomatoes, the crisp, clean whites of eggs and plain greek yogurt) to how good it all tastes.
I truly and honestly haven’t missed the ol’ PB and chocolate.
(Okay… So I may have missed it a little.)
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