Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Drastic measures

So, I kind of feel like doing something challenging in the diet department. Like, raw foods only. Or for me, that probs would mean, raw foods plus a few basics like milk, bread, salmon, frozen veggies, homemade (non-cream) soups, and my favorite breakfast treat: muesli. I honestly don't want to do something that is going to take a lot of brain power to figure out if I'm getting all the nutrients that I need or something that will incur a lot of food expense.

Basically, the idea would be to cut out as many processed, preservative-infused items, and see how I feel in a month. Have you ever tried something like this? My dad has been avoiding anything with processed sugars in it for several months now and has been feeling great, and losing a lot of weight. And beside the obvious health benefits, I think it's so good to try things like this because it makes you so much more aware of what you put into your body, and aware of how dependent we can be mentally and emotionally on food.


  1. I think that's a great idea! You are what you eat, right?

  2. James and I have been trying to figure out why we aren't so tired anymore.

    We realized, that due to the sheer fact of budgeting, we don't buy processed foods anymore. Like, ever, really. Everything is roasted or boiled, and we haven't eaten red meat in I don't know how long. It's amazing, really, what that processing does to you...

  3. Hi Mary- yep, I'm a big fat stalker. Had to come out of the hiding for this post. I've never been a big fast food eater or anything, so I always ate pretty 'healthily' but about a year ago, I sort of accidentally read "Real Food" by Nina Planck, and ever since then, I've been super interested in 'real foods' - raw, whole, local, etc. I am so not a hippie, but it makes sense to me that the rise of most today's chronic illnesses coincide with the birth of convenience foods, and perhaps butter and eggs and steak is not the culprit. Look at the diets of people who lived 100 years ago and they are comprised largely of foods that are labeled evil today.

    It's easy for me to be interested in this because I enjoy cooking and love eating. So nowadays my experimenting is aimed toward making more and more at home- crackers, yogurt, bread, etc, and using food that was grown as it was meant to be- grass-fed beef, free-range eggs, local produce.

    This is one of the first blogs that piqued my interest about whole food:

    Some other resources: in Defense of Food, by Michael Pollan,

    (I find it interesting that most of the resources I find online are written by Christians- the idea of eating locally, in season, and sustainably is very in line with the Christian worldview)

    Oh, and the results of eating this way? I have more energy than ever before in my life, and nine times out of ten, my stuff tastes better than anything I could buy at the store- much cheaper too!