June 22, 2015
So much has been going to over here at the Blake household. We’ve had two broken cars, a broken dryer, kidney stones and more. With all the chaos we also decided to drastically change our eating habits. We have been watching documentaries and doing research about the food industry and with all the knowledge we now have we decided that for our family we would cut out processed foods. When I say processed foods I’m not just talking about “junk food” like chips, little debbies, and soda. I’m saying anything that was made in a factory and is not a natural food. Here’s the story….
We have always eaten “healthy” as a family. My go to snacks were greek yogurt, 100 calorie granola bars, special K cereal, cliff bars and many other healthy type foods. So when I came to find out that these healthy foods were actually hindering my health, I was pretty upset. It’s all about the ingredients that are in all those foods, if you look closely at most of these I bet you can’t even pronounce half of them. We’re also cutting out sugar, and again it’s not just cookies, candies, cake and ice cream. There’s sugar in EVERYTHING! It comes back around to looking at ingredients. The average woman should have about 24-27 grams of sugar in a day. Now look at this nutrition label from a cliff bar. Yeah, 22 grams.
And when I looked at the dried cranberries that I packed in Elly’s lunch.
Yikes!! 29 grams of sugar. I was so disappointed that I’ve been thinking she was eating a healthy snack. So why do I care if my family eats foods with added sugar and chemicals? Everyone else eats it and they’re fine. Trust me I’m not telling anyone how they should eat or feed their families, this is just my own opinion for me and my family. One of my biggest fears is looking like a food snob to other people. It’s not about being better then anyone it’s just about how I choose to eat and sharing what I’ve learned with anyone who wants to know. So back to why? Through my research I’ve learned that when we’re eating something that was made from a factory and has added ingredients our bodies are not processing this as food. When we eat a banana or an apple our bodies recognize this as fuel for the body, it’s immediately digested and your body is nourished. Now say we grab a 100 calorie granola bar, it has less calories then the 120 calorie banana (so if we’re counting calories our minds say the granola bar is a better choice) but when we eat it our bodies don’t recognize it as food. Our body tries to search through all the ingredients to find something nourishing and when it can’t find it, the body just stores it, most likely as fat. Even if your body doesn’t store as much fat as other people all the chemicals are still in your body making you sick on the inside, it’s just not visible as fat cells.
We’re not doing this as a quick fix to lose weight though. So many people do 14 or 30 days of real food and then when it’s over they go right back to how they we’re eating before their “cleanse”. We’re making an actual lifestyle change. Now I’m not saying we’re never having ice cream again or going to our favorite restaurant and having our favorite dish.
We knew that if we tried to cut things out completely we would fail hard! So we decided that we would have something sweet and delicious on the weekend. The same goes for eating out, we’ll eat out on the weekend but we are much more aware of what we are ordering and where we pick to eat. We have made some big changes already and have some more to make in time. We cut out cereal which means that I make eggs for breakfast everyday. Yes it takes more time but I don’t mind because I know that to start our day our bodies are using the food as fuel and nourishment. One of the biggest things we cut was splenda. This was tough because I have always put splenda in my 4ish cups of coffee a day. But now knowing that all splenda is is chemicals I can’t knowingly put it in my coffee. It’s been 2 weeks now that I’ve just been putting cream in my coffee and it’s totally fine. I even like it better, I can actually taste the coffee instead of just a sweet hot drink, lol. I’ve been making my own granola bars (which the girls and Jud LOVE!) and it’s so easy. I use natural ingredients like peanut butter and honey, I get to control what goes in and that’s the key. Find the recipe HERE.
Heres a sample of what Harpers food looks like this fruit or veggie, organic puffs and meat.
I’m still working on finding good meal recipes, there are a ton out there though. It’s not about just eating raw veggies for dinner, that would totally suck. I’m using locally bought meats, whole wheat pasta, rice and a bunch of other items that have less then 5 ingredients that I can also pronounce. Here’s a glance at what my fridge looks like now.
Lots of fruits and veggies for snacking and cooking with, eggs, milk, homemade salad dressing, hummus, homemade guacamole and tons of water. We decided besides milk we’re only going to drink water so we make sure we have plenty of ice cold bottles ready. My girls know that we aren’t drinking juice anymore and they are totally fine with it. They both got new water bottles to make it a fun new treat. Here’s the sugar going from natural to processed.
I know this has been a long post I just had to get as much out there as I could. There’s still so much more to share but I think this post has gone on long enough, sorry if it bored some of you. This has just been a major life change for our family and I thought I would tell you a little about our experience so far. It’s all about keeping my family healthy and happy, as much as I can control anyway. I hope you are all having a great Monday! Happy summer!!