5/16/13

What is the Real Food Movement? Why Should I Care?

This particular Rooster is currently in solitary confinement as a punishment for his most recent attack on my boy.
He is going to make some super nutritious bone broth in the very near future! Food doesn't get more real than that!

Over the past year, I have been delving into the world of real food. In some circles, it is dubbed, the Real Food Movement. The irony here is that there needs to be a movement to eat real food. Did you know that most Americans don't? Then what he heck have we been eating? Well, what the ads on TV tell us to for one. Since I was a child, I have been convinced that fruit loops are part of this nutritious breakfast. If it says it on TV, it must be true. For most folks that is the only source of information they care to look into. Well, commercials and Dr.OZ. My feeling is that even if Dr. Oz himself thinks that butter is good for you there is no way he would be allowed to say that on TV. 

I am a rule follower by nature. I do not make waves. So, this little group of like minded people rebelling against conventional nutrition and food preparation is very exciting to me. I feel like I am a part of some amazing protest when I drink milk that hasn't even been pasturized. I feel just a tiny bit of rebellion coming out that I never knew was in there. I also feel empowered by the fact that I can think for myself. We live in a culture where that is not exactly encouraged. We are told by the media and by school how to think and feel about nutrition. We are duped by advertisements. If you want to find out if something is really good for you, you have to dig. And the problem is that once you start digging, what you find is infuriating.

You find that it is illegal in some states to buy raw milk. Artificial colors and flavors that have been banned in other countries are legal here, and the public is told that they pose no health hazzards. You find that the majority of inexpensive convenience foods available to us are filled with rancid soybean oil, high fructose corn syrup, gmo corn, msg, and artificial poison sweeteners.  You learn that restaraunts are not allowed to cook fries in beef tallow and movie theatres are forbidden from popping popcorn in wonderful coconut oil. You find that there are neighborhood associations that forbid residents from planting gardens and having chickens. You will find that butter has been banned from NYC schools in a campain to fight childhood obesity. Oh brother. Don't even get me started on that one! And that is just the tip of the iceberg. We are basically told what to eat, how to eat it and who to eat with. Does this sound like freedom to you?

100 years ago, if you didn't grow it yourself, you didn't eat. Today, it is almost forbidden to grow your own food, let alone eat anything without the approval of "he who has the most money." Our basic, fundamental rights to real food are threatened with every neighborhood dairy farmer whose milk operation is shut down. With every crop farmer who is required to plant GMO seeds. With every city council who decides that flowers are prettier than strawberries or tomatoes.


So, now we have what is called the Real Food Movement. Most people are unaware that it is needed. But it so is. Go to the grocery store and watch what people come out with. Count the number of items that are food and how many are food like substances. More often than not, what is going in the cart is chips, soda, cookies, cereal, crackers, white bread, meals in a box, pink slime that is called meat, and maybe a gallon or two of milk. Edible? Yes. Tasty? Absolutely. Nutritious? Not even a little bit. But you can hardly blame us right? We buy what is available. What is convenient. I try to never judge a person by their shopping cart. I just fume at the fact that there are not more choices and that ignorance is pounded into our culture when it comes to food.

I sometimes hate the fact that I have learned what I have learned about food. It makes life more complicated. It means I spend a lot more time in the kitchen. It means giving up some of my favorite junk foods. But it also means better health, greater empowerment and the fun of sharing with others. Start digging yourself...if you dare.


Here is a baby step in moving towards real food:
Prepare fresh fruit, vegetables, home made yogurt, popcorn popped in coconut oil, and nuts for snacks.
Get rid of gogurts (or any bright colored yogurt) goldfish crackers, cookies, chips and other boxed snacks that offer no nutrition and are filled with harmful preservatives and artificial colors.
Please remember to give yourself a break if on occasion you throw a processed snack at your kids. Replacing some is better than none which is exactly what will happen if you burn yourself out! (I know whereof I speak).

What snacks do you feed your family that are delicious and offer real nutrition? Please share.
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24 comments:

  1. Nuts. My favorite nutritious snack. Whats infuriating is that i cant find cashews that havent been baked in veg oil. Well ok, i can, just not at the normal grocery store.

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    1. Therein lies the problem! You have to work hard to find food that is healing. It is not convenient or readily available.

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    2. Nut are a great snack but only if they are raw and soaked. Unfortunately, nuts from the grocery store that say they are raw have probably been pasteurized for longer shelf live.

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  2. Little, by little I became sensitive to certain foods. I made many trips to the doctor before I started making/eating real food. Strangely, all my symptoms went away. I try to encourage everyone if you are having problems examine what you are eating.

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    1. As many times as I hear people say thay they can feel better by the things they eat, It is still amazing to me that something as fundamental as diet can change a person's life so completely. Thanks for sharing that!

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  3. Preach! Food politics and school choice have become two of my biggest passions - because they what we eat and what/how we learn are so foundational to our lives and they are two of the areas where our freedoms have eroded the fastest and continue to be threatened ever more by Big Brother. Thanks for sharing this needed message!

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    1. School choice is a great cause to take on. You know that when you keep your head in the sand about some issues life is just easier? That has been me and the kid's school. Once you know stuff, you have to act and I am not ready to take that on just yet!

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  4. Great words, so true! I constantly try to steer our diet back to real foods. Thankful I have the time to make bread for my family and cook from scratch.

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  5. My favorite snacks are spicy roasted chick peas (also have a honey roasted version), kale chips, green smoothies with fruit and homemade kefir and Lara like bars. I have several different recipes for those as well. We also like to snack on raw veggies - easy when they are prepared and I have homemade hummus or ranch for dipping.

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  6. I tried to make the chick peas once. Mine didn't turn out so well. :(

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  7. I have never tried to make homemade yogurt although I have a crock pot recipe. I think it would be fun to try it and certainly healthier! My kids are young adults now, but when they were young I served them fresh fruit, nuts, carrots, nuts or apples for snacks. But I also would let them have potato chips sometimes. I wasn't always strict about it. Thanks so much for linking up to the "Making Your Home Sing Monday" linky party today! :)

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  8. Fruits! I find them to be an excellent substitute for desserts. :)

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  9. My kiddos love carrots and celery with peanut butter (yes, the store-bought kind). We have been working on eating more real food in our household, too, but I'm a firm believer of "everything in moderation." Just the thought that I might be judged by my grocery cart has me cringing. I think it's great that you are so passionate about real food, but please don't assume that if our grocery carts don't look like yours, it's just because we aren't informed. Please remember that many of us are limited by budgets, time constraints, etc. I know at our house, it's a work in progress. :)

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    1. I am sorry if you felt this was judgemental. It was more a rant at the lack of choices in our grocery stores than about what people choose. That is none of my business...and I am not exactly perfect at it myself. You would, however, be amazed at how few people know what is in their food. I am in the business of trying to educate and activate, not to judge. I apologize ifmit sounded that way to you.

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  10. Many, many "real food" advocates follow what is known as the 80-20 rule: feed/nourish yourself & your family with at least 80% real food; don't sweat the (no more than) 20% that isn't. Some would make it 90/10 (which is what we try to do), and others would never do less than 100%. To each their own, but the point is to do something! What an encouraging post you've written. :)

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  11. I have become an advocate for not only food, but everything that goes into the body. Saturday there are march's taking place all over the world against Monsanto, I will be marching in my local city.

    Another blogger and my self also started a Facebook page called GMO Free Worldwide. It is important to educate as many as we can many have never heard of GMOs.

    Love for you to share at Tuesdays With a Twist (runs through Saturday.)

    Following you on Facebook

    http://yourlife7.blogspot.com/2013/05/tuesdays-with-twist-7-link-up.html

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  12. Bahahahaha! I had to share your rooster picture with the caption underneath it with my mother-in-law. My husband grew up with a terrorist rooster on their farm. I read your photo caption to him and he said Nana SHOULD have had the same attitude toward that rooster. Thanks for linking up this post.

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  13. Love your post on real food! I unfortunately did not learn about real food until I was diabetic, had high blood pressure, was anemic, had fibromyalgia and had bowel issues. I so wish I would have learned more earlier. I am slowly healing, but it is better to prevent.

    Lynn (Suburban Farm Girl)

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  14. It is so important to read labels and know exactly what we are eating these days. My family and I feel so much better when we eat healthy nutritious food. Thank you for sharing your perspective on real food with us at the Hearth and Soul hop.

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  15. My kids had to give up their crackers, chips, and candy and now eat nuts, raisins, and fruit.

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  16. Great tips. Most of the time, if you make it yourself it's healthier than store bought. We stay away from sugar-laden recipes and ingredients. We also grow LOTS of our produce in our yard instead of a lawn.
    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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  17. If you kill it yourself, it's real! Thanks for sharing on The HomeAcre Hop! Hope to see you again tomorrow!
    http://www.theselfsufficienthomeacre.com/2013/05/the-homeacre-hop-21.html

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  18. i agree - sometimes i wish i was oblivious. it would be so much easier. but not really. not in the way that i feel, in the health costs in the future, the environmental impacts... it's EASIER to know, make informed decisions and exercise my democratic, citizen right - to access, acquire and eat real food. sometimes though, man, those boxes of KD look so good. haha... damn it!

    Just an FYI m'dear - this post will be featured on the monthly Wednesday Fresh Foods Link Up Round Up this week! If you have a chance, feel free to stop by and check out the other featurettes :) Hope to see you again soon with more seasonal & real food posts! xo, kristy

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    1. Thanks Kristy, I love that I am in good company. Thanks for offering your link up each week and featuring me this month.

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