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Eliminating processed foods

These past few months I’ve been busy working on reducing my family’s consumption of processed foods. For me, this translates into choosing foods that are primarily free of artificial flavourings, additives and preservatives. 

One thing I’ve learned is that this is really hard to do.

I’ve always known this, sort of… somewhere in the back of my mind, you know?

But it wasn’t until I started reading food labels (and researching what some of the ingredients actually represent) that I learned just how difficult and time consuming it is to switch to natural, unprocessed foods. 

Even healthier options – the ones I considered to be okay are… not okay.

Highly processed foods dominate the shelves at our local grocery store. Most packaged foods have ingredient lists a mile long (many include strange names I don’t know, or recognize as food). I’ve learned that foods I assumed to be natural and wholesome actually don’t fall under the real food category. For example, I didn’t realize until a few months ago that most breads contain preservatives to increase their shelf life. I have yet to find a preservative-free loaf of bread that my kids will actually eat!

A simple journey in real food

The process of switching to real foods has been FUN. At the same time it has been confusing, frustrating and sometimes, downright overwhelming.

I’ve had to be diligent about reading food labels and we’ve had to give up several foods that I considered staples in our kitchen.

The lack of reasonably priced choices at our local stores has inspired me to experiment (extensively) with kid-friendly recipes so that we can break-free from our dependence on packaged, highly processed snack foods.

Luckily, we’ve discovered several quick, easy recipes that we now routinely include in our rota (I will be posting a link to the recipes real soon ;) ).

I’ve always enjoyed the thrill of discovering real food recipes that all four of my kids will devour. Switching out old kitchen staples with feasible real food alternatives is a different challenge that I have learned to enjoy. The process has become an integral part of our lives and I am eager to share the journey with you.

I’ve spent hours scrutinizing my options to get the most bang for my buck when shopping for organic whole foods.

I’m doing all this work, I may as well share it with you!

A Breath of Simplicity: Real food for the whole family 

I’ve decided to give the blog a switcheroo (is that even a word?). This doesn’t mean I won’t post about decluttering or simple play. We do practice simple living habits in all areas of our lives so you’ll still see related articles sprinkled between the recipe posts and the discussion about pastured eggs!

But you will notice a definite shift in the focus to SIMPLE FOODS as we continue our journey towards real food for the whole family.

This wasn’t the path I intended for this blog when I first hit the publish button. I will say this though. It feels SO right.

I want to thank you for your support and I hope that you continue to subscribe to the blog.  If, however, you feel like this is not your cup of tea anymore, I understand. I do hope (really, I do!) that you stick around all the same ;)

Switching to real food is probably one of the best things you can do for your family’s health!

Your Comments

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  • Davina April 23, 2014, 12:50 am

    Hi Saida,
    I have also been on this journey for my family. It is very difficult and time consuming at times to prepare fresh and healthy food, especially with young children. I do find I slip sometimes, but I’m always trying.
    I check your blog all the the time for new posts. Looking forward to your future posts.
    Don’t know if you remember me from previous comments, but both our husbands are obsessed with ketchup!

    It’s to bad we don’t live in the same town, we have so much in common!

    Thanks,
    Davina

    • saida April 23, 2014, 10:42 am

      Hi Davina. Yes, I do remember you! What town are you in? I’m hoping to post more regularly so keep checking :) Have you subscribed?
      You’re right. It is time consuming, especially when you first start switching foods. With four kids it gets challenging to feed everyone natural foods – all of the time, but it does get easier. There’s a bit of a learning curve!

      • Anonymous April 23, 2014, 10:47 pm

        I live in Oregon. I find it challenging with two kids, can’t imagine with four!
        I did subscribe, looking forward to more posts!

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