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Whole Food Eating for the Newbie

 *Be aware that the following links for Real Food for the Real Homemaker are affiliate links on my behalf.* 

Are you new to whole or real food eating? Maybe you know you need to take your meals in a healthier direction but you’re unsure how. I know that’s how I was for years. Low fat, low carb, high protein, no fat, sugar substitutes….which one is right!?

Well, I am not here to tell you what is right or what you and your family should eat or not eat. I’m just here to share my experience.

Growing up, I never thought much about what I ate. We ate out a lot and had a many frozen meals when I was a kid. Both my parents worked and I’m sure it was a challenge feeding us kids when they would work late and come home exhausted. We were definitely a packaged meal, canned soup, microwave dinner kind of family. I didn’t really know any different.

We ate that way for a long time into our marriage too. Cream of mushroom soup, processed meats, box mixes. But after my second baby, I was diagnosed with Insulin Resistance. Then with our third pregnancy, I developed gestational diabetes and they discovered that I had hypothyroidism. I knew we had to do something. I prayed, Oh God…please do something. I do not want to end up with diabetes. Please. Show me the way, Lord.

Well, God is faithful and He showed up. A friend of mine and her family invested in our lives and shared their struggle with food and how God had transformed their lives by the way they ate.

One of the kids developed Crohn’s disease. She was on countless medications and even steroids to maintain her “health.” She gained a significant amount of water weight. Then her mom found out about the book Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon. She learned how to prepare food traditionally in order to maintain its nutritional benefits and help the human body digest things properly. After changing their diet, their daughter’s health came back almost fully! She is healthy now, following a strict diet, but she is thriving.

So what changed in my life? Well, for starters, we try not to buy processed foods. Check out this post for more details. We also stopped drinking soda. We started making food at home and we began learning about good fats and fermenting foods.

You’re probably thinking, great…but what kind of results have you had?!  At least that’s what I would be thinking….Well, since beginning this diet January 2013, my husband and I have lost roughly 15-20 lbs each. I have lost 4 inches and we have each gone down a pant size or two. Not only that, but they have lowered my thyroid medication dosage. We are on our way to healing!

Now, that being said, we do not follow this diet to a t. We are still learning and we still eat things that are probably not great for us. But you know what? That’s ok. Stressing about what we eat only makes things more difficult. We still enjoy our food, we still eat plenty, and we still go out to eat sometimes. I’m sure with more dedication, we would see better results.

Maybe you’re sitting there and you’re like I was… You know you need to make a change but you’re unsure of the direction you need to go. Well, I am here to help!

 

As you might now, I am a contributing writer for Young Wife’s Guide and the author of that website, Jami, has begun another website called, Homemaking from Scratch. Well, she and two other authors have launched a real food cookbook called, Real Food for the Real Homemaker.

I really appreciated this cookbook. It helped me simplify some recipes and also gave me ideas for new recipes which was a huge help to get my family out of our “food rut”. One thing this book helped me do was start making my own tortillas. It’s so easy! Now, I don’t have to spend a bunch of money on sprouted or simple ingredient store-bought tortillas and I certainly don’t have to give my family the GMO-ladened, store-bought tortillas either.

The book is full of helpful tips and information and great recipes to help you get started on your real food journey. Right now since they are just launching this eCookbook, it’s on sale! For $9.99, you get the eCookbook (with kindle version included), printable recipe cards, and a meal planner too.

So check it out!

Don’t be scared of real food eating. Start small and simple. Learn the basics.

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