Since starting to live a more intentional and conscious lifestyle, I have been researching the many ways in which the choices I make can impact not only on my life but the lives of my family and even those further afield.
One area I have been looking hard into is the food we eat. I have to admit that since I started university, we have been having more and more convenience food. Ready meals, sauce out of a jar etc and I have felt a real difference in my health. A lot of it is down to the fact that I’ve not got myself organised enough to plan ahead and shop for the ingredients that I need for the recipes I want to create.
There are so many blogs around featuring such great recipes that there no reason why I shouldn’t cook from scratch more often and this is where real food comes in.
What is real food?
Real food, to me, is produce that uses ethical methods to grow food that respects all parties involved. It is wholesome and nourishing, unprocessed and created from scratch. In essence, untouched by man, the food our ancestors ate before mass production took hold.
So, what does this really look like?
Grass Fed, Pastured Meats: From animals that have been looked after, allowed to enjoy their lives in green fields. Using all parts including bones to make broths. Beef, lamb, pork, chicken and wild game.
Seafood: Raised in the wild instead of a fish farm.
Eggs: From chickens that have been pastured, allowed to roam free and enjoy their environment.
Dairy: Raw (or low heat pasteurised) and full fat from grass-fed cows (or goats or sheep). Where you see the words low-fat or fat-free, a lot of junk has been added to make up for the nourishing healthy fats. Includes milk, cheese, yoghurt, sour cream, and cottage cheese.
Fats: Such as butter from grass-fed cows, unrefined coconut oil, extra virgin olive oil, rapeseed oil, and lard.
Grains and Legumes: Beans, nuts, whole grains and seeds. If you can’t tolerate grains, grain-free flour substitutes like almond and coconut flour can be used for baking.
Fruits and Veggies: Mainly seasonal and grown as locally as possible,using organic practices. Plus lots of fresh homegrown herbs.
Salt: Real, unrefined salt that hasn’t been stripped of its nourishing minerals.
Sweeteners: As natural as possible, such as raw honey (local honey is always preferable due to its health benefits), pure maple syrup, and sugars.
It won’t be easy, but I am taking little steps to change the way we shop, eat and live and I will be sharing this journey, the recipes we use and the tips I pick up along the way.