4/26/13

Food Rules for the Creationist


My husband calls me a creationist. I do not know if he heard this term somewhere or if he made it up to describe me. But I must say, as far as titles go, my favorites are daughter, wife, and mother, but this one has a nicer ring to it! However, if I am being completely honest, I would rather be a princess because then someone else would be cleaning my bathroom right about now. My school of thought is that we need to eat and medicate and lubricate with things as close to nature as they can be. Milk straight from a cow, fruit right off the vine, and eggs fresh from the cloaca (my neighbor taught me that word) of a chicken are the ideal foods. They are unprocessed and perfect just the way God made them. In my opinion, He doesn’t need our help in “making” health food. He is the ultimate nutritionist and made everything he gave us to be the perfect balance of nutrients.  So, taking the yolk out of an egg or the fat out of the milk or the fruit out of the juice seem right out blasphemous to me. I long ago came to the conclusion that if God intended us to drink low fat milk, it would come out of the cow that way. But it doesn’t! It comes out in its full fat glory and who is man to mess with perfection?

I live in the real world, full of real world convenience. We go through the drive-thru occasionally and order food-like substances. We sometimes grab a bag of chips or bottle of soda. Because it is true that artificial flavors and high fructose corn syrup and genetically modified corn chips just taste delicious!! But these are called treats and I do not expect or believe that they will nourish me in any way, shape or form. As long as I realize this, I do not fear them.

In my research, I have identified the food saboteurs that are the farthest removed from natural food and the most likely cause of the poor health in America. I will explain my reasoning in future posts. It is almost impossible to avoid them 100 percent of the time, but we do our best.

High Fructose Corn Syrup

           MSG

                  Artificial Colors/flavors..they make kids crazy! Really Crazy!

                           Hydrogenated anything

                                     Any type of vegetable oil, corn oil, safflower oil  (expellar pressed or
                                     otherwise) especially soybean oil.

                                                 Crisco or margarine

Ingredients that I can not pronounce or that I can’t lend to my neighbor. (Have you ever asked your neighbor if you could borrow a cup of sorbital?)

Anything that is fortified. I like to get my vitamins from their original source, not as synthetic vitamins added back into a vitamin depleted food (like cereal or calcium enriched orange juice.)

Pasteurized and homogenized dairy. This is a hard one. I do not always have access to raw dairy. In fact it is criminal that most Americans do not. So we just have to do the best we can with this one.

Powdered milk or dehydrated dairy. What nutrients could possibly be left after all that processing?

Then there are the foods that I avoid at all costs. I will not purchase them for any reason. They are dead to me.

Diet anything. If it says sugar free, I avoid it. I would rather drink high fructose corn syrup than aspartame or suclarose. They were invented in a lab someplace and have no resemblance whatsoever to real sugar. I will not be a part of the human study or the effects of artificial sweeteners. And guess what. Diet Pepsi is not a health food. It will make you fat!

Fat free/low fat anything. I have read a few places that fat free= chemical crapfest. I like this description and agree wholeheartedly. Plus it goes back to my theory that we are taking a perfect creation from God and destroying it.

Cool Whip. Really. If there is anything in the freezer section that is less of an actual food product, I challenge you to find it!

This list reminds me of what my dad always says about the Atkins diet. People lose weight because they aren't allowed to eat anything! It may appear that way, but I am far from starving. In fact, I feel better than ever. But to live this way takes work. It is more time consuming to pop popcorn for the family on the stove in coconut oil, covered with butter than to take off the plastic and throw it in the microwave. (Please don't do that...do you know what is in that stuff?) But overall, I just find that we eat less. We do not do any mindless snacking because we don't stock the pantry with mindless snacks. And if my kids are truly hungry, they will eat anything. Mostly. Sometimes.

Rome was not built in a day, and neither is my pantry. And there are plenty of other so called "villainous foods" out there like GMOs and non-organics, but I don't go there quite yet. I do my best as far as those things are concerned. And I do not stress over soaking nuts and grains before preparing. But, maybe someday. I take things a little at a time.

So where is an easy place to start? I always tell interested folks, go to your cupboard and get that can of spray oil and drop it in the trash. Use butter on those pans instead. In fact, replacing the oils in your home can be the best thing you ever do for your health. But just start there for now. More challenges from this daughter/wife/mother/creationist to come.

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32 comments:

  1. But darn it if that cool whip isn't just delicious to me. Maybe not anymore, I haven't had it for a while. Maybe I would taste it now for what it really is.

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    1. You just might! I had some recently, and I could not believe how dreadful it tasted.

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    2. You know what's even better, if you can find it, is Mexican sour cream (crema Mexicana: we have Lala and Cacicque brands here). And whip it up with some honey, if you like. I can't exactly describe it other than it is really thick and doesn't taste one bit sour, it just tastes like-- like-- like Cool-Whip ought to taste!

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    3. Thanks, I will look for that. We do love whipping cream, however!

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  2. So you just use real butter for your pans and anything that calls for butter or margarine? I would really like to move my family in this direction, but it is hard. I have six kids eating me out of the house. I want them to have health options, I guess if that is all we have, will they eat it before it goes bad? I guess I have to do all the work. I got celery for bumps on a log but guess I need to cut it up for them. LOL. Thanks for your post. I WILL be checking back.
    Hugs,
    Patty

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    1. Yes, i use butter, palm shortening, bacon grease, and coconut oil at my house. And olive oil. You can buy these handy pump things and fill with olive oil, but i am not a fan of its flavor., so i just use butter. I understand having to do all the work. We rarely have cereal so guess who is up early everday making breakfast? The kids would miss the bus everyday if they had to do it! I find, however that they will eat most anything if i will put it out for them. Good luck!

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    2. Patty, butter does not go bad all that easily. We leave the butter out at room temperature so it's easy to spread, and we are a small family that doesn't eat SO much butter, but we have hardly ever had any of it go bad.

      I prefer coconut oil for greasing pans, though, because it doesn't burn if it's exposed at the edge. It's super effective at preventing the food from sticking. Coconut is antimicrobial and does not go bad, so even if it takes you months to use a small jar, it's okay.

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  3. Yes! Diet/sugar free has ALWAYS tasted gross to me so I've always avoided it. The more real food I add to my diet the less those other foods even taste good to me... although sometimes you just need a treat :)

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  4. Great list. I would cut down on all dairy products not just unpasteurized milk. Countries with high milk consumption seem to have high cancer rates, osteoporosis and diabetes.

    Lately I find all meat and farm raised fish (Salmon, Shrimp) is badly tainted. I have resorted to buying a few organic cuts of meats, increased my high protein grain intake like Red lentils and go to the Chinese market to find fresh wild caught fish especially King Mackerel.

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  5. I have no problem with eating all the dairy we want. I think that foods as close to nature as possible should never be limited unless there is an intolerance. However, I have noticed that if we eat our 5-7 servings of fruits and veggies a day, there is little room left for anything else and that is the goal for us, to eat more of those than anything else. Not there yet, but hopefully one day.

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  6. I am new to your blog but I found this post too good not to comment on. I am so happy to read such a sensible point of view. I am a senior on a very limited budget and cannot afford all the healthy things I would like to eat but I do what I can. I love your point of view.
    Thank you!!!!!!!!

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  7. Sensible is a nice title as well! This may be my favorie comment ever! Thanks so much for stopping by. If I figure out a less expensive way to eat real food, I will be sure to post ideas. It is a sad country that we live in where junk food is more easily available than wholesome, delicious real food.

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  8. Great post! I'm starting to read all the labels when I buy food and it is scary. I have to get some things, but I always look for products with less bad and more good, or single ingredient items and make my own. My kids love home made bread. Food tastes better when it's fresh, raw, natural, etc. We have to work together and buy as much of that kind of food as we can so that people will notice the trend. Change is in the air!

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    1. I hope so, I want to be a part of it. I think it is kinda a safe way of rebelling! I have just a tiny bit of that in me. It is so hard to know what I can do to make a difference and I feel like this is one way.

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  9. Found you via Little House and I am like minded towards food. So glad I found you. I have always eaten pretty well but lately my husband and I have moved to a whole foods approach. Now we snack on Lara-like bars, spicy roasted chick peas (awesome!) and kale chips. It is a bit more work but well worth it. We also raise a large ( I mean LARGE) veggie garden and we can, dehydrate and freeze vast amounts of produce. Next move is some larger livestock. (Already have chickens) My latest craze is my homemade milk kefir. I make fruit and veggie smoothies at least once a day.

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  10. So well said! This list is absolutely the same as mine.. I hardly buy any packaged processed foods. But it sure is work. Especially with kids and snacks. I wish we had a source of raw dairy near us, but I can find raw cheese regularly at the supermarket so I'll have to be happy with that for now.

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  11. Great advice-- I always couldn't figure out cool whip-- a NON-dairy product. What is it then??? I had to eliminate all artificial sweeteners from my diet. I can definitely tell if I eat too much processed food. Sometimes it makes it difficult to travel and yes I take my lunch every single day to work but I prefer to be able to function too!

    Thanks for sharing on our Healthy Tuesdays Blog Hop!
    Kerry from Country Living On A Hill

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  12. Definitely need to take one step at a time. Too bad it's not easier. :)
    Thanks for sharing at A Humble Bumble!

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  13. Great post with good advice and I so agree, Cool Whip is some scary stuff when you read the label. Thanks for sharing on Hearth & Soul Hop. :)

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  14. Great post! I completely agree with your food philosophy. Those are the same types of foods that I avoid (for the most part) too, but I also occasionally indulge in a food as a treat that I wouldn't normally include as part of my regular diet. It's all about balance! :)

    Thanks for sharing with Old-Fashioned Friday!

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  15. Cool Whip is one scary thing, isn't it? Not to mention it tastes like plastic.

    :-)

    (Stopping by via Eco Kids!)

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  16. Totally loving your posts! I have been off diet coke for about 7 months now and no longer crave it. I was addicted to it!!!
    Thanks for sharing on Wildcrafting Wednesday. :)

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  17. Love this post. I have eliminated most of these things. My biggest down fall diet dr pepper or diet coke. Still a work in progress. Thanks so much for linking up to The Gathering Spot this week.

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  18. This is a great post! We too focus on real food but accept that we cant be perfect all the time. Thanks for sharing on Natural Living Monday!@

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  19. We are very close to eatig this way... ad ya know what? we feel good and have LOTS of yummy food to eat.

    Thanks for sharing with us at Eco-Kids Tuesday!! Hope to see you again today!

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  20. Great post. Do you know how much better your occasional cake will taste in a pan smeared with butter instead of any oil? Thanks for sharing and getting the word out there. We live in Amish country and love our fresh garden vegis and free range eggs.

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  21. I love how knowledgeable you are about food. I learn so much reading your posts. Thanks so much for sharing with Wednesday's Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    Have a great week.
    Debi and Charly
    http://www.adornedfromabove.com

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  22. Sounds like you are off to a great start! Thanks for sharing on Tuesday Greens!

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  23. Sounds like we agree on lots of food "stuff"
    Thanks so much for sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist. Hope to see you again this week!

    http://back2basichealth.blogspot.com/2013/05/tuesdays-with-twist-7-and-huge-seed.html

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  24. Great post. Although for making popcorn you should buy an air popper. Its WAY easier than making it on the stove (I always burn it that way, but I am a pretty bad cook) and still super healthy. Plus you get to drench it in butter, which is delicious!

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  25. One thing you need to know about high fructose corn syrup, is that during the processing it becomes contaminated with mercury. When I found this out I was done with pop, my husband had mercury poisoning from his mercury fillings, and I don't want to got through what he went through.

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