I have written a fair amount of posts mentioning or alluding to our desire to eat REAL FOOD.
Over the next four days I will share our definition of real food, why we made changes, where to begin, tips and tricks, encouragement and real food resources. But, I absolutely have to start by sharing the heart with which I write.
I am aware and (probably overly) sensitive to the fact that this could come across as if I am above conventional foods and judging all those who eat them. Rather, I will be the first to admit, I fall off the bandwagon far too often. Since Cal was born, we’ve had an influx of delicious meals and treats generously prepared for us and I have happily indulged in every grain of white rice and bite of brownie that crossed our threshold. I do not want this or any food related post to give a “holier-than-thou” impression.
Since venturing into this realm, growing more passionate, and talking about it often; I have encountered many people defending their food choices to me or making sure I know something they’re serving is organic and/or healthy. Sometimes I know it is because they know it is an interest and passion of mine and they are having fun learning and making changes too, and then I really appreciate it! But, I fear, more often than not, it is because they think I am otherwise questioning or judging them.
This is in no way, shape, or form to make anyone feel less than, uninformed or overwhelmed. It is not to convey that we are above conventional food, entirely unwilling to eat it, or look down upon those that do.
The goal of my kitchen is to make the healthiest decisions possible for me and my family. As all of our decisions are intertwined with our faith, I sincerely believe that the Lord perfectly provided all that is needed to make our minds and bodies thrive most profoundly. As the title of this series suggests, it is a journey; a process in which to learn, weigh information, make informed decisions and implement change as we’re willing and able!
Over the last couple of years, I have devoured tons of resources and become entirely convicted that many of the chronic or terminal health problems our culture and generation face have a huge amount to do with the toxicity of almost everything we encounter: our food, body products, cleaners, environment, and so on. The upcoming generation is the FIRST generation predicted to have a shorter life span than that of their parents! On the other hand, it is amazing to take into account traditional diets and the abundant health that went along with them.
There are certain effects from our environment we more than likely cannot change, however, we DO have control over what we put in and on our bodies…
And that is what this journey is about!