Yesterday, a girl I work with and occasionally attend yoga class with, Rachelle, lent me a cookbook called “Nourishing Traditions.”
I don’t have an opinion on the book yet as I just got it yesterday but I did quickly flip through some pages and one thing that jumped out at me immediately was the “Guess the Product” sections located beside the recipes. It basically lists a shwack load of insane ingredients (for example partially hydrogenated this and artificial that) and the point of it is (from what I gather at least) to get you thinking about the processed garbage that you are putting into your body AND to make you realize that for every fake, preservative packed, marketed as “healthy” food out there you can make something REAL, delicious and nourishing in your own kitchen.
There is an appendix at the back of the book that you then look at to find out the store bought product that is comprised of the listed ingredients.
The first example I looked at was mayonnaise. I never would have guessed that the products listed made anything remotely close to mayonnaise. It sounded more like a science project gone terribly wrong. ICK!! Brilliantly enough there was a mayonnaise recipe listed that included REAL ingredients. Eating food made out of REAL ingredients. What a strange concept
It is a sad fact that we live in a fast paced, need it NOW, convenient world and the food we are consuming each and every day really confirms that.
When I first started out on my weight loss journey I was sort of an “unofficial” member of Weight Watchers. That being said, when making food choices I often found I would choose the 100 calorie pack of cookies rather than a banana when I wanted something sweet. Why? Because the banana had 2 points and the cookies only had 1! Makes sense…right? Well it did at the time but it certainly doesn’t anymore! That just goes to show how uneducated I personally was..I’m sure if I was an OFFICIAL member of Weight Watchers they would have discouraged that but it just goes to show the mentality that we have when it comes to dieting.
I basically wanted to get my “money’s worth” so to speak when it came down to my points. So I often chose to eat pre-portioned, packaged full of preservative-type foods rather than natural food from the earth because I was under the impression that the fake food was “better for me” calorie-wise than the real food was.
These days food is so brilliantly marketed that by picking up a box (that’s been sitting on the shelf since Jesus walked on water I might add ) and seeing “fat free” or “excellent source of fiber” we are far more likely to purchase IT than say, a grown from the earth fruit or vegetable. Let’s just face facts folks. Just because the “made with real fruit” Jube Jubes are fat free doesn’t mean they are giving you a lick of nutritional benefit in comparison to say…A real apple!
All that being said, it is a near impossible feat to cut out ALL of the crap but I know that I could be making more of an effort to limit the consumption, no matter how “healthy” the product appears!
SO I am going to challenge myself and you guys out there to read the next paragraph and really think about whether or not it is something you can make more of an effort with in your own lives.
For every one 500 calorie pre-portioned frozen meal, 100 calorie cookie pack, “excellent source of fiber” sugar cereal, etc etc. there are AT LEAST 5 natural and healthy alternatives THAT YOU CAN MAKE IN YOUR OWN BEAUTIFUL KITCHEN. You can feel good about the REAL food you are putting into your body and you can relax knowing that you are giving your body the natural nourishment it needs to perform at its best each and every day.
We all have a choice. REAL or FAKE?
And because this ties in well with the title of my post
I was definitely ready for this bowl of REAL after my workout this morning:
In the mix are shredded wheat & bran spoonfuls, ½ of a banana, a handful of blueberries, a strawberry and ½ of a Blueberry Banana Wheat Bran muffin made by MOI on Sunday. Yum yum yum!
Lunch today was definitely a contender for the best meal of my day (but I sort of say that EVERY day )
An egg salad sammich that I threw together last night! 2 eggs mushed up with some orange pepper, red onion, Epicure’s Pesto Artichoke dip mix and plain yogurt (as a binder).
With some orange peppers and strorberries on the side.
As I type this our supper is cooking itself at home! Can you guess how?? There may be an edition of the CPC (Crockpot Chronicles) this evening if all goes well…If it’s a flop well…Then I’ve got to try it again THEN post the successful recipe!
What is one FAKE(artificially flavored/colored, preservative packed) food that you have in your house right now that you think you could make a REAL version of in that beautiful kitchen of yours?