Rebecca's Ponderings

April 30, 2010

Food 101 Part 2

Filed under: What's for Dinner? — Rebecca @ 3:28 pm
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So now that we have covered the boring, but necessary subject of philosophy, what does our family eat? What do we avoid? Here is the simplified version.

Basically, we try to maximize our intake of organic, minimally processed foods:

  • Organic or naturally grown produce – fresh or frozen
  • Organic, free-range beef, buffalo, and poultry (we haven’t gotten into lamb or venison)
  • Non-homogenized, whole, organic milk and cultured milk products (preferably raw, but NEVER ultra-pasteurized).
  • Wild-Caught fish
  • For sweeteners, we prefer raw, local honey and (occasionally) real maple syrup
  • Homemade broths, stocks, and soups
  • Dried beans and lentils
  • Fermented fruits, vegetables, and dairy
  • For fats: real butter, extra-virgin olive oil, and virgin coconut oil

We keep the following foods to a bare minimum:

  • Sugar (including desserts, drinks, and other sources)
  • Canned vegetables and fruits
  • Grains: I found that I feel better when I consume less grain. However, when we do, they are soaked or sprouted whole grains (brown rice, quinoa)
  • Breads, biscuits, pastas and other products made from GF flour. (I would prefer to use soaked or sprouted grains and grind my own flours. However, a grain mill is still on my wish list.)
  • Processed foods of any kind (cold cereal, deli meats, etc.)
  • Pork

We avoid these foods altogether:

  • Artificial sweeteners
  • High Fructose Corn Syrup
  • Ultra-Pasteurized foods
  • Margarine, vegetable oils, and other highly processed fats
  • Soy products (milk, tofu, etc.)
  • Meal replacement bars and powdered junk
  • “Puffed” grains (rice cakes, corn pops, etc.)
  • Microwaved anything
  • Shellfish, catfish, and other bottom-feeders. (They’re called bottom-feeders for a reason.)

Those are the main guidelines we follow, based upon my current understanding. Of course, I do live in the real world. My children get invited to parties with candies and sodas. They love pizza and abhor most vegetables. I try not to obsess about food. I simply try to keep healthy options available while keeping unhealthy foods out of the house. We eat most of our meals at home, and I make most of them from scratch. I do have a few tips and tricks for keeping the time spent in the kitchen to a minimum. I will share those, as well as a list of resources in upcoming posts.

Happy Eating!

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1 Comment »

  1. Sounds like a great eating plan. I try my best to do the same, but sometimes, there are a few things that I still hold onto despite its less healthy benefits (mostly cheese). It’s good to know that there are people out there that make the effort to eat healthy without going overboard. =)

    Comment by justfortuitous — April 30, 2010 @ 3:37 pm | Reply


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