- Eat a diet primarily consisting of fruits, vegetables, beans, nuts/seeds, whole grains, healthy fats, pastured eggs, wild caught fish, and the occasional organic meat and healthy dessert.
- Factory-farmed meats and dairy
- Refined sweeteners (white or brown sugar, corn syrup, and especially artificial sweeteners like Splenda)
- Refined or 'white' grains like white rice and all purpose flour
- Vegetable oils
- Fried foods
- Anything processed that can sit on your shelf for months at a time
- Anything with a really long ingredient list, especially when that list contains ingredients made in a lab and not from Mother Nature
- Check the ingredient list of packages, not the nutritional label. Avoid ingredients that I can't find in my own pantry or can't pronounce (if you can't pronounce quinoa, that doesn't count!).
- If you're eating a well-balanced meal, you don't need to worry about how many calories you're eating or whether you're getting enough fiber or not. It will all take care of itself!
- Try to pack as much nutrition into eat bite of what I make, even if it's dessert.
- Eat a variety of foods and spread out my nutrients, meaning if I had a muffin for breakfast and a whole-wheat sandwich for lunch, don't have whole-wheat pizza crust for dinner.
- Make 90% homemade so I can choose what to put in my food (and toiletries, but that's a whole separate post).
- Model good food behavior so that I can teach good habits to my children. While I'm at it, bring my children into the kitchen with me so that they can learn the importance of what they eat, as well as how to cook for themselves.
My Food Philosophy
My food philosophy is this: