On August 26th, I made a big decision. I decided that I’m done with wishing I could go back and change things that I can’t go back and change. Instead, I’m going to change it now, so that I won’t still be wishing a year from now.
I decided to start with something that would have a big impact for my health and that of my family–our eating habits. I’ve shared a bit about this before, but I have struggled with my weight for years. In addition to that, I struggle with chronic fatigue, migraines, joint pain, back pain, vertigo, and many other health problems. Many of these problems have been shown to be improved with a better diet. My family also has some things going on that could potentially be improved with diet.
My plan was simple: eat real food.
We’ve been making baby steps to our diet for a long time. However, what I found is that when you are addicted to sugar, baby steps don’t always work. So, what I found is that I needed to go all in…at least where the sugar was concerned. And, honestly, the more I read about processed foods and fast foods and how damaging they are and the disgusting things they do to your body…well, it made the whole decision a bit easier.
The implementation, however, was a bit more complicated. Isn’t that usually how it works?
Making the switch to real food was difficult for me (still is some days!), because of food addiction, and the emotional hold food had over me.
However, it was also difficult on a practical level. Logistically, it’s harder, in some ways, to eat real food. To be honest, it felt a bit overwhelming at times, which is why I wanted to write this series to help inform and encourage anyone else who has a desire to begin your own real food journey, for yourself or your family.
When I was getting started, I wanted a sort of how-to guide. I found a lot of great info and some great websites and blogs. I spent a lot of time searching, reading, and sifting through information and tips. However, I didn’t really find a resource that answered all my questions in one place.
Because of this, I have designed this series to answer these questions and more:
- What is “real food” and why does it matter?
- What should I expect?
- How can I make the journey easier?
- What should I do before I get started?
- What can I eat?
- What are the worst offenders that I should stay away from?
- How will this affect my budget?
- Are there any storebought foods that I can still buy?
- What staples should I keep on hand?
I hope you’ll follow along over the next 31 days for these topics and more. Along the way, I will also be sharing tips, giveaways, resources, recipes, meal plans, and more!
In full disclosure, I’m still at the beginning of the journey myself. I’d love for you to join me. It is my prayer and hope that this will be a permanent lifestyle change.
All the posts in this series
I will try and add the posts to this list as they are completed. There probably won’t be quite 31 because I’m not blogging on the weekends.
- Intro (this post)
- Real Food Guidelines
- Focus on what you CAN have
- Real Food Resources
- 5-ingredient, Simple All-Purpose Homemade Bread
- Real Food w/ Kids
- Get Your Kids to Eat Their Veggies
- Storebought/Packaged Real Foods
- The Real Food Battle Starts in Your Mind
- Real Food Obstacles: I can’t Afford it
- Real Food Obstacles: I Don’t Have Time
- On-the-go Instant & Quick Meal Ideas
- Sugar Addiction is a Thing
- Sugar Detox
- 5 Ways to Lessen Physical Detox Symptoms