I have always considered myself to be very health-conscious when going to the grocery store. I always stock up on fresh fruits and veggies and try to think up healthy recipes to make at home. But recently, I have realized that although I do spend most of my time in the produce section, there are other packaged items that are go-tos of mine that I never realized how, well, un-“real” those foods are!
Lately, I have been obsessed with reading Lisa’s blog, 100 Days of Real Food. I recently read her post about misleading store bought products and the surprising information that she featured about the ingredients in some of my favorite items at the grocery store. I was shocked!
After reading that eye-opening post, I decided to explore Lisa’s site more and found so much great information on how to start eating “real food,” focusing on what ingredients are in packaged foods and learning how to avoid them. She has all types of recipes, advice and is constantly posting about her favorite real food products and other great tips.
She even has a 10-Day Pledge that her readers can take a part in to start learning and introducing her real food rules into their daily routines. She teaches you to identify real food products at the store and become more aware of processed foods and the ingredients in them while providing you with easy and convenient recipes and meal plans (like her page on Facebook to access FREE meal plans!) to help along the way on your pledge of eating real food for 10 days.
This really got me thinking to look into product labels more often and to try harder to focus on what I am putting into my body. I’d love to learn all the different alternatives for some of my favorite packaged foods and am taking my own pledge to be more conscious of ingredients and how to make healthier choices.
Already, I find myself looking at every label in the grocery store before purchasing anything. If you are following the rules of the 10-Day Pledge, Lisa says to never purchase any packaged product with more than 5 ingredients, and if it has more, you should always be able to pronounce them and know what they are.
The most immediate change that I have made with my diet, is that I am more consciously avoiding fake sugars, like Splenda. I never realized how much of it I consumed!
I always use it in my morning coffee and purchase sugar-free items at the store. Already, it has been a challenge in itself, but I am getting used to not putting sugar in my coffee. I found that sweetened vanilla almond milk tastes great!
I am looking forward to making changes in the types of products I am purchasing at the store and am really looking forward to getting into the kitchen and making things from scratch!
I actually did take a huge leap in my goal to start baking this weekend!
I started off easy, with a traditional chocolate chip cookie recipe. Although it was a full-flavor recipe, it made me realize that baking from scratch it not as hard as it has always seemed to me!
I can’t wait to find healthy recipes for my favorite cookies, muffins, breads and more! I already went back to the store for whole-wheat flour and unsweetened applesauce which I found on pinterest to be great healthy alternatives to some baking ingredients.
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I am so excited about being smarter about the foods I eat and feed my family. I hope that this change can be a long-term lifestyle change for us, especially now that we have a little one.
I’m really looking forward to my new pledge and to sharing my progress along the way with you!