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When I first began my journey toward health with a traditional foods diet, I often wondered what other real foodies were eating. At first it was my desire 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?
I quickly realized that there are myriad choices when it comes to eating traditional foods. Just because Blogger X eats sourdough bread only doesn’t mean that it’s against the rules to eat sprouted bread. I think Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist, hits on this point when she discusses her decision not to regularly post a food diary.
It is too easy for newcomers to the traditional 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 genetic background.
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 they agree to be optimally healthy. 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.
It’s a complicated situation, as you can see. Regardless, I would love a peek into the food diary of other traditional foodies and am sure I’m not alone in that desire. I will share my food diary from time to time. I will record a few days at a time and mark with an asterisk any food that I feel is in my 20% of less-than-perfectly-healthy foods and explain why it is unhealthy.
Do not take my food choices as the only ones. Realize the incredible combinations of foods that can create an infinite number of meals. Eat what your does your body good and use my food diary only as inspiration and not as gospel.
Food Diary for 6/11/2012-6/14/2012
Breakfast–6 oz raw, grass-fed milk
2 pastured eggs, over easy, fried in butter, sprinkled with sea salt
Snack–a few pieces of maple chocolate fudge
Lunch–Tomato, avocado and goat cheese, covered in olive oil and sprinkled with sea salt
Snack–peaches and blueberries
Dinner–Beef stew made from local, grass-fed beef
Snack–a few pieces of maple chocolate fudge, 6 oz raw, grass-fed milk
I also had a few ounces of Kombucha throughout the day and black tea*, iced and sweetened with raw honey.
Breakfast–Soaked Oatmeal, 6 oz raw, grass-fed milk
Snack–blueberries, maple chocolate fudge (I LOVE this stuff.)
Lunch–Burger from local restaurant*, fries*
Snack–Homemade banana berry popsicle, sample sized at Farmer’s Market* and a spoonful of local honey and honeycomb (Have you ever chewed honeycomb like gum? Takes me right back to my childhood when my dad took up beekeeping as a hobby.)
Dinner–Tomato, avocado and goat cheese, covered in olive oil
I drank water and iced black tea, sweetened with raw honey
Breakfast–6 oz raw, grass-fed milk, 2 pastured eggs, over easy, fried in butter
Lunch–4 slices of homemade pizza (They were small. Do not judge me.)
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 our early dinner–busy evening ahead, as well. I ate some cheese to hold me until dinner was ready. One benefit of eating a diet high in fat is that I do not get hungry between meals very often.)
Dinner–Meatballs, rice and green beans
Snack–2 pieces of sourdough bread with butter
I drank iced black tea, same as above.
* 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 farmer’s market contained cane sugar. The black tea is a habit, but given that just three months ago I was downing coffee with artificially-flavored, chemical-laden, sugary creamer, putting refined cane sugar in my iced tea and having sodas several times per week, I’m okay with drinking honey-sweetened team regardless of the caffeine content.
So, there you have it! My food diary for four days. Questions? Comments? Share your real food diary, yes?