Let's face it ladies, our lives are very, very full.
I'm all for life-hacks and short cuts and things that make life easier. But not at the expense of my health and my family's health. That is why I advocate for real food.
In Dirty, Awesome Natural! A Guide To Real Health (Sign up to get it here, FREE) my #1 tip to improving your health and that of your loved one's is EAT REAL FOOD! Stop eating processed food.
Processed food is so deceptive. It's cheap. It's quick and easy to get on the table and, usually, it's tasty.
I love that my kids can go to the pantry, pull out a box of cereal and get breakfast themselves. But what are they really eating?
A big bowl of pretty poison:
- Grains sprayed with weed killer- glyphosate.
- Refined sugar that offers no nutrition.
- Toxic chemical food-dyes
- Food so dead they have to add vitamins and mineral into it. (That's what fortified means.)
Processed foods started showing up around the industrial revolution as mechanization and technology allowed mass production to develop, dropping prices on foods that had previously only been reachable by the wealthy.
Everyone one wanted to eat like the wealthy. Sugar and white flour!
This privilege of the wealthy exisited even in Biblical times.
Proverbs 23:1-3 "When you sit down to dine with a ruler, note well what is before you, and put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony. Do not crave his delicacies, for that food is deceptive."
There is nothing new under the sun and nothing has changed.
Today's processed foods look and taste like food but actually deprive the body of essential nutrients and aggravate nutritional loss. They increase the need for higher amounts of food to reach the needed daily intake of nutrients to remain healthy.
Today's commercial food system also seeks profit over health.
4/5ths of foods that American's eat are genetically modified, grown in nutrient depleted soil, and sprayed with pesticides to keep profit margins up.
Foods are also filled with extra additives (such as gluten - used as a filler and binding agent- and sugar) or contain hormones and antibiotics (because that is what was injected into farm animals) all to keep food plentiful and cheap.
Studies have found that up to 20 chemicals (anything given to the cow) can be found in pasturized and homogenized milk yet the beneficial bacteria that our gut biome needs are killed off.
No wonder our guts are leaking and allergies and auto-immune diseases are running rampant. Our food is no longer food.
So what is the next step? Should we all just stop eating? (Actually fasting is very beneficial- but that comes later.)
The next step is learning to recognize what real food is and reclaiming the kitchen as the true heart of the home.
In my next post I'm going to give you some tips and tricks on how to identify if a food is real! But first I'm going to leave you with a great option to replace that breakfast cereal sitting in your cupboard.
Toasted Coconut & Walnut Cereal (Serves 4)
- 2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
- 1/2 cup coarsely ground walnuts
- 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- Ground cinnamon
- Powdered Stevia
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees
- Line a cookie sheet with parchment paper
- Spread out coconut and walnuts on sheet, evenly
- Toast in oven about 5 minutes until lightly brown
- Transfer to bowl and mix with vanilla
- Add cinnamon and stevia and toss until evenly coated
- Serving size is 1/2 cup; Add your favorite "milk".
- Store unused cereal at room temperature in an airtight container.
I hope you enjoy it! We're going to tackle this eating thing together. One step at a time. Got a question, comment, tip or recommendation? Share it in the comment section below so we can all learn together!
Until next time,
Bloom and Grow!