Eating Real Food…. Or Trying To..

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Now that you have a little background on my journey of trying to be more healthy, I thought it was only fair that I share some of the ways that I’m trying to make being a healthy a way of life.

Over the last few months, I’ve become more conscious of what I’ve been putting in my body. I’ve noticed more and more that the majority of the food that I eat is highly processed! The more I realized how fake many of the of the foods that I’ve been eating are, the more I thought that I should try to eliminate as many of these things as possible.

So, I started looking into something called, “clean eating”. As with most things, there was a lot of information to go through and a lot of research to be done before I fully understood what it meant to “eat clean”.

The jist of this particular way of eating is, to eliminate as many foods that are boxed, prepackaged, or highly processed. and filled with refined sugar.

So that’s what I’ve been trying to do! Over the past few months, I’ve taken a good look at what I put in my mouth, and have chosen a few things to start  eliminating. And hopefully, depending on how this goes, I’ll be able to say that the majority of what I eat in a day is healthy, whole and “clean”!

One of the first things that I knew that I could make instead of buying is bread. I love homemade bread! So, instead of going to the store and spending like 4$ on a not-so-appetizing loaf of bread, I made the decision to always make my own. and it tastes soooo good!

And it’s not just bread. I’ve been trying to make all bread products. Like tortillas, hamburger buns, pizza dough and bagels! (yes bagels!)

A few other things I’m trying to make are salad dressings, sauces (spaghetti, bbq etc)

And of course, desserts! It is far more satisfying to sink your teeth into a gooey, warm, homemade cookie than to eat a stale store bought one!

Of course, at times living this lifestyle is difficult, and time consuming, and sometimes a little annoying to just not be able to go out and buy whatever food I feel like eating!

But it’s definitely worth it! Again, homemade food tastes waaay better than store bought, but more than that, I know that I’m taking better care of my body by putting real food in it! I feel better overall, and when I eat homemade food I don’t have to be so concerned with how many calories I’m eating, because, again I know that I’m putting real, healthy food in my body!

It’s also been very helpful in managing Dylan’s diet. He has to be more aware of what goes into his food because of Crohn’s. Specifically corn and corn by-products. So making my own food helps us better control what he is eating and therefore keeps him more healthy!

Over time, hopefully, I’ll be able to add more things to my “real food” list! Things like: Crackers, pasta, chicken fingers (Dylan’s favourite) and ice cream!

But in the meantime, I’ll stick to what I’ve been working with so far, and I’ll post some of the staple recipes that I’ve been loving on this real food journey!

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