Thursday, May 19, 2011

Food rules...

So I picked up this little book (and I do mean little....140 very short pages) at the library after contemplating my love/hate relationship with food.  We've been trying refine the way we eat and what we feed our children. We're trying to cut processed foods, carbs and sugars out of our diet and I needed some basic ground rules for the way to eat.  We are born knowing how to eat but do we really know how to eat? We put so much "fake" food into our systems, food that has been biologically engineered and with a shelf life of 100 years.  Gross.

His rules are simple no brainers that most of us do anyways, but just need a gentle reminder.  Some of his food rules include avoiding foods that a third grader can't pronounce, have more than five ingredients (not a recipe) or are made in a plant instead of coming from a plant.  For example, margarine, soda, snacks...those aren't really considered food.  Eat food.  Real food. Eat plants, fruits, nuts and berries.  Shop at the local farmers market because that food was grown and handled with love.  Pay more and eat less.  We want everything fast and made for us so it's easy.  When we really need to spend the time preparing the food we put in our mouths.

Now having children....extremely picky children who turn up their noses to anything green (except popcicles) can alter your rules slightly, even though these rules apply to the entire family.  He does have a special rule for special occasions and treats, which saved me from feeling guilty about my love affair with chocolate.  You don't have to follow them to a T, simply guidelines for eating healthy and keeping fake food out of your body!

It's a quick read (took me a half hour) and really makes you think about what you put in your body.  I highly recommended it for an eating wake up call.


Kim said...

So when are you going to take it back so we can check it out? :)

Crazy Mom said...

Mmmm...sounds like Tosca Rena's Clean Eating. Lucky for me most dairy free products are by default gluten free and also not processed. I could talk food all day with you. The less we do dairy the more I like the vegan lifestyle. Even organic cow milk has a certain amount of blood and pus in the finished product. Ew. Let's chat. Share recipes.