Happy New Year

Happy New Year and welcome to Living Life with Real Food (LL Real Food)  If I can inspire just one person to change the way they eat, my job will be done.  Our family journey started about 3 years ago. I remember it was right after our girls’ third birthday that my husband started watching some food documentaries and said “hey you should check these out” and I did.  I remember watching “Forks Over Knifes” and it completely changed my way of thinking about food.  We didn’t eat a lot of meat, but we ate some and for some time, we cut out all beef and pork (over time my husband started to eat it again and my girls eat both, but I have not had any since then).  Then came January 2012 and I really wanted to make a change so we started with a meal planning site that offered fresh meal plans with a low number of ingredients and we did that for several months religiously.  I loved cooking and trying new ingredients and knowing that what we were eating was “real food”.  That was such a big shift for me.  From that point on, I was dedicated to “real food” as much as possible.  I cleaned out our pantries of all processed foods, white sugars, white flours and non-organic products.  I started making as many things from scratch as possible (ranch dressing, pancakes, breads, cookies) you name it I have probably tried making it over the past two years.  It has evolved into a real joy and passion for me.  I love the feeling of making a simple meal (or sometimes complicated) and knowing that I have used “real” ingredients to the best of my abilities.

Not only have I seen a change in my own self, but the change in my girls is pretty amazing.  Do I wish they would eat everything that I put in front of them…well what parent does not wish that, however when they tell me that they did not have Cheetos at the school party because it is junk and does not make our body feel good, or when we pass by a fast food restaurant and there only concept is the occasional tea that their dad or I get, that makes my heart happy.

What I hope to share is how we do what we do through meal planning, honest reviews of the meals, where to get the best prices on food items, what works for us and some other tips that I have come across.  We are your everyday family that has decided that “Real Food” is important for us and we will do whatever we can to eat that way.  Now, don’t get me wrong, we do eat out and some choices are not the best, but I subscribe to the “80/20 rule”.  Meaning that 80% of the time I (we) will eat “real food” and 20% of the time I will eat what I am craving or what I want.  I do not believe in depriving myself or my family of anything food wise on an occasional basis.

Until next time,