So what DO you eat??
I am often asked this question. It's usually right after a brief explanation of what our family can not eat, due to severe allergic reactions...now that we don't eat the ingredients I've mentioned in previous posts ( The Truth About MSG and Our Food Story), our reactions to these ingredients when accidentally ingested are usually quicker, more obvious, and sometimes severe like major mood swings but are usually things like rashes, itchiness, hives, vomitting, anxiety, headaches and sleeplessness(though now we are much better at identifying what we can and can not have, accidental ingestion is very rare).
Well, my quick answer has always been....if God made it, no problem, we eat it. If man messed with it.....nnnnot so much. But recently, I've realized we were eating more things that man messed with than I realized or at least admitted.
We were still eating organic granola bars, pastas, pizza dough (homemade and organic pre-made brands), cakes, cookies, and more. Let's face it. God did not make pizza or pasta trees nor can you find any chocolate chip cookies growing in your garden. These are not natural foods. So I guess my answer should have been, "Food products that do not have completely artificial ingredients added to them and a lot of minimally processed meals that are made from scratch with lots of vegetables included." That may have summed it up a little bit closer to the truth.
But now I can say we do, about 90% of the time, eat only what God made for us to consume. The Lord knows what we need and that is what he's given to us. I've read quite extensively in recent months to further understand how processed foods and foods most people 'think' are normal healthy foods and comparing them to how our ancestors ate and whether the 'nutrition' in these 'normal healthy foods' is really what conventional thought claims it to be or whether some of these 'normal healthy foods' are actually more problematic to our health than good. I'm finding such foods, namely grains, legumes and (oh how I hate to admit it) dairy to be more problematic than beneficial.
Soooooo, much to my older son's dismay, the members of our household still living at home full time are now transitioning to even less of those foods that man has messed with. In other words, we eat mostly vegetables, nuts, fruits, eggs, and meat/seafood; the foods that God provides to us as readily available. Things that don't need much in terms of processing to consume (other than someone to process the cow/deer/chicken, etc. I'm NOT doing that).
We are actually experimenting with what is termed the Paleo and/or Primal Diet.
Now let me explain the 90% that I wrote above.
Life is hard. We're not perfect. And there are foods that, well, we are basically addicted to and going out to friends and families' homes that do NOT eat Paleo and Primal...well that would be hard. It was hard enough on my extended family members when we were only avoiding artificial ingredients, let alone grains and legumes. So we do, at least for now, allow ourselves an occasional meal with a SIDE (not main course anymore) of something with pasta or rice and occasionally I'll make a batch of brownies or cookies to put a smile on my son's face. But now I have much smaller portions....one portion... and that's all. This way we are less likely to have a strong adverse reaction if we are eating somewhere that in order to be polite involves eating such foods. We still will 100% avoid artifiical ingredients. Eating that stuff would make us sick and that is just not worth it.
Now there are people who follow the paleo and primal diets that would say we can't call ourselves paleo or primal if we do that. Oh well. It is what it is. This is what we are doing right now. Some day I'd love for our family to do the Whole 30..... 30 days of essentially following the paleolithic diet a full 100% to see if we notice even more positive health changes than we have doing it our 90% way. I like perusing over the Whole9 website. I absolutely LOVED the It Starts With Food book written by the couple that are in charge of that program. If you have time, I highly recommend reading the book and taking a look at the site. Good information! Information you won't see or hear at your doctor's office because, frankly, our dear family physicians and specialists are simply NOT trained in nutrition. There is simply no nutrition taught in medical school. (My Dh is a physician --- we have many friends that are physicians --- they are taught medicine - NOT nutrition) So it is up to us to research what is making us sick. And the answer, my friends, is what we are putting into our bodies and exposing our bodies to in the environment. The biggest factor, of course, is food.
My kids learned a long time ago what I think is the biggest health for all to learn, the difference between FOOD and food PRODUCTS. The Standard American Diet is largely comprised of food products, not food.
So...... What do I eat??? I eat real food.
- Grass-fed Meat & Wild-Caught Seafoods (of course we research to see what's considered safest in the seafoods)
- Eggs from free-range chickens
- Vegetables (legumes not included)
- A small amount of dairy
- dark chocolate with a bit of sea salt (A girl has to have her chocolate...lol)
- And yes, occasionally, a small yummy that might contain a small amount of grain, sugar, or larger portion of dairy because I just haven't kicked the habit entirely and don't want to make things hard.
So there it is. That is what I eat. Any questions? 🙂