Seven months ago, our family took the giant leap into the world of clean eating when we realized that instead of nourishing our bodies, we were quite possibly harming them with the food that we were consuming. Now it’s important to note that our diet has never been crazy. Junk food has always been the exception in our house but opening the pantry to find a box of Lucky Charms cereal was like hitting the jackpot! We had our indulgences (and we still do).
One day I somehow came across a website– 100 Days of Real Food–and my eyes were flung open. The “healthy” choices that I thought I was giving my children were far from healthy. Yogurts were filled with artificial ingredients and dyes, our bread had ingredients that I couldn’t pronounce and I won’t even get started on the amount of sugar that was lurking in all of these foods. This was a very big deal for me. Diabetes, heart disease, cancer, high blood pressure. These labels have been put on family members on both sides of our families and I felt like we could use all the help that we can get in order to prevent those labels from sticking to us. It was worth making some “sacrifices”. I can tell you that, without a doubt, we all feel better with this new way of eating. I don’t have numbers or statistics to give you to support that. I just have a feeling.
What does clean eating mean to our family?
1) No *highly* processed foods. We eat foods that are processed–cheese is processed. Your milk is processed. Your meat is processed.
2) No white flour. No white sugar. No white bread or pasta. We now eat things that are made from whole wheat. I now make our own bread because I know exactly what goes into it.
3) I shop the perimeter of the store–fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy, etc. and only venture into the middle for things like peanut butter (natural, no sugar added) and cereals.
4) I must be able to identify every item on the list of ingredients. If I can’t make it at home or have no idea what the ingredient is, I don’t purchase it.
5) We follow a 90/10 rule. I would say that there is still 10% of our diet that is not considered “clean”. (cheddar bunnies for the kids’ school lunches, for example)
I find great comfort in the fact that we’re putting nutritious and truly healthy food into our bodies now. I know it can be a bit overwhelming at first but if you’re interested in clean eating, I’d love to help you get started. I’m no professional. Just a girl who has been there before.
***Please, please, please know that these are my personal views and every family is different. I am not secretly judging you by your food choices, I promise.***