I have always had a desire to feed my family of 6 the healthiest food possible. In today’s fast-paced world, that is becoming harder and harder to do. Add in all the confusing food labels and mixed messages about what foods are “healthy”, and at times it seems like an impossible task. I created this website to try to simplify things. Minimize processed foods and maximize whole foods. I personally have eaten a plant based diet for the past decade. My husband and children have easily and happily adopted this diet. However, I recognize and understand that every person and family is different. That is what is so wonderful about eating whole foods. Whole foods come in all different forms. Whether you are an omnivore, vegetarian or vegan, this site is for you. My goal is to provide information, along with helpful hints and recipes to inspire you to join me in my whole foods journey.
What are “whole foods”? According to the World Health Organization”, whole foods are “food with little or no refining or processing and containing no artificial additives or preservatives”.
Now, I believe in reality and flexibility, so I know you are probably thinking the same thing I thought when I read that. I have to make every single thing my family eats from scratch! I am busy; I don’t have time for that! What about food in a box? Never fear, with a little planning and thought and a few suggestions, you will quickly be on your way.
It’s no secret that food and healthy eating is a passion of mine. It has been since over a decade ago when I adopted a plant based diet. My entire family still eats a plant based diet 90% of the time, so I already do a lot of food prep. After I had my fourth child, though, things got a little crazy in our house. I had two children in school and one in preschool, and I found myself buying more and more foods (snacks especially) that were processed. Plant based, but still processed. I try to stay away from artificial ingredients and added preservatives, but the thing that was killing me was the added sugar. Just because it’s vegan or organic doesn’t mean it can’t be loaded with sugar!
So I decided to cut down on the processed foods, and I really started to see a difference in my family’s overall health and happiness. The kids don’t get sugar crashes and seem to have longer sustained energy. Now, please understand that we are not perfect! We still eat some processed foods, and when we are at someone else’s home or party, all bets are off! I am also not here to judge your eating habits. We are all simply doing our best right? 100% of the time is hard. That is why I am inviting you to participate in our simple challenge. Just once a week! That’s all! Once a week, commit to feeding your family only whole foods, including packing your child a fresh, non-processed lunch!
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