My Real Food Diary
When I first began my journey toward health with a real food diet, I often wondered what other real foodies were eating. I wanted to compare my food choices to the food choices of others who I admired within the real food online community. If Blogger X was eating a certain food, it surely fit the “real food rules”. Right?
Don’t Get Stuck on Real Food Rules
I quickly realized that there are many choices when it comes to eating real foods. Just because Blogger X eats homemade sourdough bread only doesn’t mean that it’s against the rules to eat sprouted bread. Or just because Blogger Y won’t touch dairy or grains doesn’t mean they’re bad for us all. I think Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist, hits on this point when she discusses her decision not to regularly post a food diary.
It’s too easy for newcomers to the real food movement to get hung up on what a certain respected real foodie is eating and attempt to copy those meals exactly. This can lead to people not eating the foods that are appropriate for their individual systems and needs.
Keep it 80/20
Another point to consider – one that would certainly make many real food bloggers shy away from sharing what they eat – is that while following the 80/20 (or 95/5, etc) rule they may eat things that are outside of what we all know are optimally healthy foods. This may cause real food newbies to be mistaken about the healthiness of a certain food or meal and cause those who know real food well to accuse the blogger of promoting unhealthy foods.
Seriously, it’s okay to have donuts a few times a year. When you eat at least 80% honest-to-goodness real food, your body can handle a little junk without breaking down.
I Still Love Looking at Other Folks Diaries
My Real Food Diary – What I Ate This Week
2 pastured eggs, over easy, fried in butter, sprinkled with sea salt
Breakfast – 6 oz raw, grass-fed milk, 2 pastured eggs, over easy, fried in butter
Lunch – 4 small slices of homemade sourdough crust pizza
Dinner – Grass-fed sirloin steak, summer squash sauteed in butter
Snack – Blackberries straight off of the vine
Snack–6 oz raw, grass-fed milk
I drank Kombucha and iced black tea, sweetened with the local raw honey I picked up at the farmer’s market on Tuesday.
Breakfast – 6 oz raw, grass-fed milk, 2 pastured eggs fried in butter
Snack/Lunch – several cubes of gouda (I don’t advocate skipping meals! I was so busy that I didn’t realize I was hungry until I started to prepare dinner. I ate some cheese to hold me until dinner was ready. One benefit of eating a diet high in fat is that I don’t get hungry between meals very often.)
Dinner – Meatballs, rice, and green beans
Snack – 2 pieces of homemade sourdough bread with butter
I drank iced black tea, same as above.
Where are Friday, Saturday, and Sunday? I forgot to record them. 🙁
* These items were part of my 20% of foods that aren’t so great.
The burger was not grass-fed or local and the buns were not soaked, sprouted or fermented making them more difficult to digest.
The fries were likely fried in rancid vegetable oils of some type.
The homemade popsicles at the farmer’s market contained cane sugar.
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Before you go!
This is how I get a real food dinner on the table on even the busiest evenings. It’s all about planning, baby. Check it out!
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