I grew up during the dawn of the low fat/fat free craze…that time when all fat was viewed as evil. There was no talk of the evil of sugar…FAT WAS THE DEVIL! The SnackWell’s brand covered the shelves. Light and fat free mayo, sour cream, and cottage cheese took center stage. I never stuck with the fat free stuff…well, because it’s absolutely disgusting! And, if something doesn’t taste enjoyable to me, I am not going to waste my time eating it. But, I did fall for some light stuff…and consumed my share over a few years. It seemed like the healthy thing to do.
Over the years, however, I have done lots of reading about the power of food. I’ve tried different ways of eating for a variety of different reasons. My husband and I were vegetarians for a number of years and dabbled in the vegan arena for about a year. I do believe there are benefits in eating that way.
We’ve also taken part in a Whole30 cleanse a couple of times. Do I think paleo is 100% sustainable forever? Not for me, at least. But, I do see some benefits in it for short periods of time. It’s a way to reprogram ourselves from reaching for easy-to-grab, carb-dense snacks too often.
I’ve messed with some gluten-free baking. I am not on an anti-gluten bandwagon, but I do believe the changes in wheat over the years have altered today’s gluten to an extent that may have negative benefits on our health. Gluten sensitivity and Celiac’s have been on the rise over the years. I do believe we can benefit from cutting back on gluten.
About four years ago I came to the conclusion that the healthiest decision for my family was to begin a real food journey. I wanted to cut back substantially on processed food. I wanted to incorporate a bigger focus on fruits and vegetables. I wanted to strive for more whole grains and less processed flour. I wanted to move from processed sugar to more natural options.
If you’ve embarked on a real food journey, I salute you! If you haven’t, I encourage you to do some research and consider it. Later this week I’ll be sharing some benefits I’ve experienced as a result.
In the meantime, here’s some good reading (book or audiobook) that I’ve enjoyed over the years. (These include affiliate links.)
Got any thoughts about the “real food” road to share? I’d love to hear them!