It’s hard to write a philosophy on food.  There are always exceptions and I am forever learning… which you’ll notice as you scan through my posts.  The recipes I created when first starting this blog are different from the ones I make now, not only in format, but in ingredient choice too.  As I learn and change, my recipes change with me.  That being said, there are certain beliefs I hold true no matter what current fad may be happening out there.  Simply put, my food philosophy revolves around these five simple thoughts:

1- Food should be real

Real food. What a concept.  But… so much of the food in our grocery stores is not.  It’s so modified and processed that it hardly even qualifies as food by the time it gets to us.  Bummer.  So how can you tell how real your food is?  It’s simple- look at the ingredients list.  A quick glance at an ingredients will tell you right away how processed something is.  If the ingredients are straight-forward, aka foods you could normally use, chances are you’re good to go.  But if it’s a list of twelve-letter words you can’t even pronounce, suspicions should rise.  That’s not to say all processed foods are terrible… sometimes buying something that’s been slightly processed lends us a helping-hand.  Spinach that’s been cut and pre-washed, for example, is an awesome score on a busy work day.  As a general though, the fewer the ingredients, the better.  Less is more.  :)

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2- Eating should be fun 

All too often, people get so caught up in making sure they’re eating “right” that they miss out on enjoying it all.  Food shouldn’t be something that makes us feel guilty.  As a girl with pretty much zero will power, I know how difficult it can be to indulge guilt-free… but, if what we’re indulging in is “real food” to begin with, it really shouldn’t be an issue.  Eat butter, enjoy your cake, and scarf on some ice cream… in balance of course.  You should enjoy what you eat, as should your body.  Which brings me to the next point…

3- Know your body

Just like our personalities, all of our bodies are different.  While the person next to you might be able to eat bread and milk without repercussions, you may not.  Listen to your body; if it becomes upset at the things you are ingesting, stop ingesting them.  If it likes them, cool, scarf on.  Just pay attention.  You and it will be happier in the long run if you do. 

4- Avoid “diets” and gimmicks

I have been a victim of this too… I’m pretty sure we all have.  Even after being raised in a super healthy home, I believed some unhealthy truths.  I used to choose non-fat and low-fat yogurts, skim milk, and get sucked into the malarkey.  I thought I was doing good… I thought it was the “right” thing to do.  Once I began researching more about nutrition and “real” food though, I started realizing I was doing it all wrong.  This was not an overnight switch; re-learning took me some time.  When I first heard that fat was good, I was confused.  I couldn’t buy it.  I wanted to, logically, but I still couldn’t comfortably walk into a store and buy the full-fat milk without hesitation.   I eventually allowed myself to let go of all previous notions of nutrition- what I thought was the “right” thing- and I began shifting my old ways and opening my mind.    Milk doesn’t come out of a cow as 2%, so why I am drinking it that way?  It finally dawned on me that the best thing for my body is what nature made.  What a relief this new thinking was!  I now can enjoy whole milk, butter in my eggs, and super fatty coconut milk without any second thoughts.  A whole new world… 

5- Be open to learning more

Last, and most important to me.  It’s hard to know what’s best until you learn more.  Knowledge = wisdom = well-being = happiness.  And that’s all I have to say about that! :)

*Here are some generals about what I include and avoid in my real food ways…

Eating clean:

I try to buy organic as much as possible, but sometimes a non-organic piece of produce finds its way into my kitchen.  This handy dandy little graphic shows when it’s crucial to buy organic, and when it’s not as imperative.  You’ll notice that for the most part, foods that we eat the skins of need to be organic, otherwise the pesticides on the skin will become part of our meal, too.

Foods I stay clear of (most of the time anyway):

All canola oils.  First and foremost… that was the first thing to go!  I stick to ghee, olive oil, coconut oil, and avocado oil in my cooking.  There will be an occasional trial of something else here and there, but I like those staples and will never use canola oil again.

Foods with MSG- anything with monosodium glutamate has got to go.

Anything non-fat or low-fat.  I like my stuff full of fat and natural.  I won’t bother you with the babble again, but fat is where it’s at.

Artificial sweeteners.  If I must sweeten something, I’ll use honey, pure maple syrup, good quality sugars, or dates.

Things with mystery ingredients.  If I don’t know what it is, I probably shouldn’t be eating it.  Of course, being human, I’ll sometimes just dive in without a care, but in my ideal world, I peep before I devour.  

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Hi, I'm Natalie! I like to cook, eat, and adventure. I live in a little home with an itty-bitty kitchen, a crazy feline, and a very hungry boyfriend. Lots of cooking and devouring goes down here. Farmer's markets inspire me, as do the seasons and travel. I create simple recipes using wholesome real food. Enjoy!

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