Years ago, when I started my whole foods journey, I was unaware that those little steps would lead me in a new path and ultimately change who I am today. I would never look at food the same way again. I would start a food blog, make all my meals from scratch, and consume whatever information I could on healthy living. I would end up switching to natural bath and body products. I would also end up switching to all natural house cleaners and laundry detergent. And that is where I am today! A little overboard? To some maybe.
I’ve had my fair share of people thinking I’m a health nut because I didn’t give my child Halloween candy when he was two. But I’m so happy with my choices. Everyone has the right to make their own decisions in life and lead the path they wish to take. I’m happy to say my children are flourishing. They are happy to eat a whole foods diet because I’ve tought them the importance of food and how it impacts their health, mood and immunity system. No one wants to be sick all the time, and the power of food to heal and protect is simply amazing. Also, homemade treats sweetened with real honey, void of enriched wheat while using healthy fats goes along way to making little kids happy. There’s no need for Twinkies here.
Pre-SimplyWholeFoods, I would have a muffin and a coffee for lunch every single day. Every single day. All that nutrient-void wheat and overdose of caffeine was what I was using for my fuel. I cringe a bit because I don’t think my breakfasts were any better. The wheat was bogging down my system and causing so much unneeded stress on my digestive system. Now I realize the importance of balanced meals. Today, my meal would include something along the lines of: healthy greens, some protein and a good amount of healthy fat.
I was afraid of fat back in the day. I would consume all things low-fat. Today, I have more knowledge and I’m all about healthy fats. Healthy fats are simply amazing for our bodies. I’ve seen first hand how grass-fed butter (combined with fermented cod-liver oil and a healthy diet) can work together to heal a compromised immune system. We were consuming all home-made meals with very little (if any) processed foods. Everything works together and slowly, over time your body starts to heal itself.
My body is starting to forgive me for eating foods that didn’t agree with it for so long. I’m so thankful that I started on my journey those years ago. I’m also thankful that I now have the knowledge to make informed decisions that benefit the health of myself and my family. I’m a happier person for it. Continue reading