Our {Real Food} Journey: Conclusion and Resources

If you’re new to this series, start here!

Thank you so much for allowing me to share Our {Real Food} Journey with you and for your encouragement along the way! I really appreciate all of the love and support.

To wrap up: some concluding thoughts and recommended resources!


Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

Michael Pollan said it best! By food, he means the REAL stuff, not “edible, food-like substances.”

Be Intentional

One doesn’t just fall into knowing where to buy items, having all the right ingredients on hand, and making food from scratch. These have to be intentional decisions! This is where I’ve worked to enjoy it as an all-encompassing lifestyle; food as more than just what I dread to prepare and shovel in at mealtimes, but rather a passionate pursuit and enjoyable part of my days.

Your Palate & Physical Awareness WILL change

With the elimination of refined sweeteners, at first it seems like complete deprivation. Not the case, as our taste buds come alive once more, we realize just how unnecessarily sweet most foods are and how naturally delicious and flavorful foods are just the way God created them!

I knew a lot had changed for me when Andy offered to get a shake from Culver’s and the first thought that crossed my mind is, “ugh, the taste NOW is not worth how it will make me feel LATER.”

Does it still sound good, YES! Do I still eat sweets and junk food? More often than I’d like! But for the most part, even if something might bring temporary satisfaction, it is not worth the cost of what I know it is doing to my body.

Know Your Enemies

I have come to realize just how toxic SUGAR & TRANS-FATS, pesticides, artificial flavors/sweeteners and dyes are to our bodies and worked to find out what they’re in (basically EVERYTHING) and replace them in our diet.

Be Knowledgeable & Make Change

Continue to learn what is most harmful and helpful to our bodies and implement change as you’re willing and able!



Master Your Metabolism by Jillian Michaels

The Omnivore’s Dilemma, In Defense of Food, and my personal favorite little handbook on Real Food eating, Food Rules by Michael Pollan

Real Food & Real Food for Mother and Baby by Nina Planck

Deep Nutrition by Dr. Catherine Shanahan

The Maker’s Diet by Jordan S. Rubin

Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon

Online Resources:

100 Days of Real Food

The Nourished Kitchen

Keeper of the Home

Kitchen Stewardship


Food Matters

Food, Inc.

Hungry for Change


Forks over Knives

There is so much more to say and I look forward to sharing additional resources, tips, and recipes. Thank you again for reading and God bless YOUR {Real Food} Journey!

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