Hi everyone. I have so many ideas to post on my Inspired By The Natural Blog, that I do not even know where to start. Since the pandemic became a reality in March, 2020, Bob and I have secluded ourselves at home. We stopped going out to eat and we are enjoying the blessings of working from home and having a lovely kitchen to work from.
An immediate direct result of being home so much was that we were eating way too much and we skipped going anywhere, including the doctor. Then as we experienced a new beacon of hope with the new year, we decided to take a new approach to our health to be our own beacons of hope. The result: Make and Eat Real Food!
When I was a little girl, going out to eat was for a special occasion. Putting the pandemic aside, most Americans eat out of the house almost every day. This includes take out and fast food restaurants. Unless you are very careful and only choose restaurants that serve organic, fresh food with minimal additives, people lose control of the ingredients that are used in the preparation of the food they eat. Except for four take-out pizzas, we have learned to Make and Eat Real Food exculsively. I have lost twelve pounds since January 21st. AND since I love food prep and nutrition and used to teach these subjects, I will be sharing the dietary changes that we have made. This includes where we purchase our food, what types of food we make and eat, and the basics our food preparation. I am also not a purist and I think that what you eat on a regular basis is important so special occasions and holidays are always, somewhat a bit less restrictive.
"Eat food, not too much, mostly plants." I would have to say that Michael Pollan has really influenced the food choices we make. Eat food, Real Food. Real food includes vegetables, fruits, whole grains, dairy, fish, and meat. Eat foods closest to how they appear in nature. Consider the source of your food and choose organic on a regular basis. We always try to make sure that half of our plate consists of vegetables or fruit (myplate.gov). Sometimes you have to be creative with this. This may mean grabbing a handful of berries on to eat with your healthy breakfast sandwich. Sometimes just eat raw veggies before we have a meal. We do not eat processed meats any longer including bacon, pepperoni, lunch meat. Sugar is out. Food is our medicine and we hope to improve our health with our food choices not medication.
In his book, In Defense of Food, An Eater's Manifesto (Penguin Press, 2008), Pollan suggests to not serve anything that your great grandmother would not think is food, to choose foods that are made with only five ingredients or less, to shop the outer edges of the supermarket avoiding the aisles with products that contain high levels of sugar, fats, and sodium, and to eat around a table and not in your car. There are a lot of topics to discuss. Processed food is a big concern. Quick healthy meals are a necessity. We have to invest in our local economies......food for thought......until next time.......