|Real Food- Cheddar Onion Popovers|
Even still, the typical arguments against eating a healthy, traditional whole foods diet are "I don't have enough money" and "I don't have enough time."
I'm here to, very frankly, (cover the kids ears real quick) say bullshit.
BTW, have you ever played that game? We used to play it with our Grandma. Except when we played with her we called it "I doubt it."
Er, I mean, I doubt it (sorry Grandma!).
|Real Food- Liver and homemade goat cheese, with a side of bone stock.|
Think about it. In the past month have you bought cereal, soda, chips (or any chip like substance...), crackers, granola bars, frozen pizza, frozen dinners, boxed dinners, pre-packaged sides, pre-packaged spice mixes, juice, candy bars, or anything else with an ingredient label? And how much have you spent on entertainment- eating out, your cable/satellite bill, your cell phone, movies, trips, toys, music, concert?
|Real Food- Grassfed hamburger, sliced lacto-fermented pickle, slice of cheddar, and a whole wheat bun.|
Unless you haven't spent anything on any of the things I've listed above, don't tell me you can't afford to eat real food. Just tell me you don't care, and that your cell phone and TV are more important than your health. Let's at least speak with integrity.
Because eating real food may cost a little more (although I argue that you can SAVE money by eating real food if you plan and follow some simple strategies, but that's another post), but unless you really truly believe that feeding your kids processed chicken nuggets and drinking Coke every day is an acceptable way to live, or unless you just don't care one way or the other (and in either case I pity you), the extra cost should be a price you are willing to pay for your health and the health of your family.
|Real Food- local strawberries with fresh whipped cream.|
I get that change is hard. I tried no fewer than four times to cut processed food out of our diet. The cycle went something like this- I'd go on a crazy kick, donate all the hamburger helper and boxed Mac-n-cheese and Lipton Noodle Packets in my pantry to a food bank, make it a few weeks... then notice one of the aforementioned on sale, think about my lack of a meal plan for the coming week and all the things I had going on (work, appointments, school stuff, whatever), and grab a few boxes. And once you fall off the wagon it's easier to stay off than get back on.
But I finally did it- the key for me was to make one baby step at a time and master that before moving on, instead of trying to change overnight. If you think baby steps might be best for you, too, pick a step and stick with it until you've gotten it down (and feel free to ask me for suggestions if you don't know what step to start with!).
However, if you're up for a challenge and think a little kick start might be good for you, try this for a month: Don't buy anything with more than three ingredients (and I say three so that you can buy bacon, which in the best case should have three ingredients... but if the best bacon you can find/afford has a few more than three ingredients, I strongly encourage you to break this rule). And you also have to remember that when I mean "all processed foods" I don't meal all of them, all the time. We, and most real foodists, follow the 80/20 rule. Do your best as often as you can, and you won't have to worry about the little compromises and transgressions. There are certain things that never, with no exceptions, pass our lips (yes, dear cousin, otter pops are on that list). But for many things we make exceptions.
"But I don't have time to cook everything from scratch."
Again, bullshit... er, I doubt it.
Did you know...
The average American male under 40 spends 20 hours a week playing video games?
The average adult watches 29-34 hours of TV a week?
Think about your own screen time- watching TV, on the computer, playing video games, on your tablet or smart phone. And think about the time you spend outside the home (other than working). How often do you run errands (for stuff you don't need), go out with friends, take your kids out for play dates, or go shopping? Look me straight in the face and tell me this time is more well spent in these pursuits than in feeding your family good, wholesome food.
I dare you.
|Real Food- Grain free chocolate cookies.|
|Real food- yogurt and applesauce parfait I made for my daughter to pack in her lunch.|
I don't know where we got this idea that working an 8 (or even 10 or 12) hour day entitled us to spend the rest of our time on our backsides in front of the TV. I get coming home tired. I used to feel the same way. But you know when I stopped coming home tired each day? When I started eating real food. Step out of your entitled mindset, do the work now, and reap the rewards later. Besides, if you're concerned with not having the energy to cook when you get home from work, spend one or two days a month cooking and throw several meals in the freezer. But don't tell me you're tired or that you don't have time. One of my favorite real foodies, my sister, works two nursing jobs. She works 12 hour shifts, overnight, an average of 5 nights a week. And she still prepares and eats (mostly) real food. If she can do it, you can do it.
|Real food- My kids' favorite lunch.|