Eat Real Food

Are you in a positive food relationship?

What’s Your Food Story?

Everyone has one.

Your relationship with food started the minute you were born.

Bottle or breast, we all had to eat. It’s a fact of life.

My story is pretty typical. My parents worked hard to provide for us. We had what we needed and sometimes what we wanted, but money was tight.

It was the 70’s and my mom went to work. I was a latch-key kid.

But we had dinner at the table as a family everynight and very rarely went out to eat except when Grandpa would treat us to his favorite buffet, The Royal Fork.

Do you know what I liked best there? The instant potatoes! (I can’t believe I’m admitting that outloud.)

My mom was not a great cook but she excelled at making inexpensive, yet still nutritious meals. We had our fair share of processed food in the house and she was a microwaving queen, but we were not overrun by it.

However, as a stubborn teen in the 80’s, I rejected anything to do with cooking. I avoided the kitchen at all costs. After college, when depression and anxiety kicked in hard core, I can now correlate to increased use of processed food and fast food since Mom wasn’t doing the cooking for me anymore.

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But I grew up and matured. I learned to cook for my husband and kids. I discovered real food tasted better and slowly but surely as I studied and learned more about nutrition and health, I discovered that our modern diet of convenience is killing us.

Every bit of it; from factory farmed meat and fish; chemically sprayed and genetically altered produce and grains to carbohydrate and sugar heavy foods.

Did you know that eating fat doesn’t make you fat?

Did you know that exercising and eating less are not longterm weight loss solutions?

Did you know that most of our modern day ailments from diabetes to chronic inflammation are results of not only what we eat (and what we don’t eat) but how we eat it.

We’ve been misled, sometimes outright lied to, and almost everything we were taught as kids, about food, is wrong.

If you’re curious about how Americans came to eat the way we currently do, I urge you to read, The American Way of Eating by Tracie McMillian.

Other eye-opening books:

  • The Obesity Code by Dr. Jason Fung

  • Folks, This Ain’t Normal by Joel Salatin

  • Eat Dirt by Dr. Josh Axe

There is no shame in your past food story but if you want a new one here are some things you can do.

  • Find and purchase from local farmers as much as you can: Produce, eggs, cheese, meat, raw milk, herbs, flowers, sweeteners- like honey and maple syrup.

  • Talk with farmers and ask questions. A good farmer doesn’t want to hide their growing practices.

  • Think of the people who grow and produce your food as your own personal farmers. Food professionals if you will.

  • Think of your favorite farms like food “boutiques”. We all have our favorite little shops for clothes, jewelry, hairstyling. Why should food be any different? Farmers style you from the inside out.

  • Learn new skills: baking bread, making kombucha, cooking from scratch, flower arranging, the list is really endless.

  • Try new foods: If you don’t like a food, chances are you just haven’t found the right recipe. (In full disclosure… I still haven’t found the right brussel sprout recipe.)

What ever your food story was or is. It isn’t too late to change the path you are on. Good, clean healthy food is out there.

I’d love to hear your food stories. Please share them with me. And if you need a little motivation to make changes, I’d love to come along side you and help you with your story.

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Bloom & Grow

Cyndi

Is the ease of processed food killing you?

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.) 
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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.

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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)

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups unsweetened coconut flakes
  • 1/2 cup coarsely ground walnuts
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • Ground cinnamon
  • Powdered Stevia

Instructions:

  • 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!

Cyndi