I’m new here. Where do I begin?
Welcome! We are glad you are here and are interested in learning about real food. A great place to start is the getting started page which details the first steps to a real food lifestyle.
What can real food do for me?
I believe there is a simple way to feel better, look better, get rid of your medications and live a life that is full of, well, life. I believe that is achieved with eating real food. Think of your body like a car. It wouldn’t be fair to expect it to run optimally if you aren’t providing it with the appropriate kind of fuel. Your body is the same way. Expect to get out of it what you put into it. So, if you are feeding yourself junk, don’t assume that your body will work like a well oiled machine.
How long will it take to see or feel results?
During my own real food journey, I started seeing results within the first week. By month 3 my taste buds had changed dramatically, my skin started clearing up, I had a boat load of energy and I had dropped 15 pounds without really trying. Everyone is different, but I would expect that even implementing little changes will affect you in big ways.
What kinds of foods do you preach?
While I believe that a whole foods plant-based lifestyle is absolutely the way to go, I realize others may not fully be on board. So, in case you don’t want to give up animal products 100%, I encourage you to get most of your nutrition from plants. This includes fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, beans and whole grains. If you choose to add animal products into your diet, I recommend you limit them to 1-2x’s per week. Make sure they are organic, grass fed and/or pasture raised whenever possible and, of course, local if you can find it.
What do you eat?
I eat a mostly plant-based/vegan diet. I would say that 80% of my calories come from plants. While I feel my best when eating a whole food plant-based diet, I do allow myself to be “imperfect” about 20% of the time.
Do you eat dairy?
Yes and no. I do buy cheese (grass fed/organic/cheese blocks) on occasion and we sometimes stop at the local ice cream parlor on a hot summer days. That said, I can’t tell you the last time I bought a container of cow’s milk, yogurt or creamer. If you want to find out more about why I choose to be *mostly* dairy free, read about it here.
If you don’t eat much meat, where do you get your protein?
I’m glad you asked! Did you know that Americans are actually consuming too much protein and a plant-based diet will give you all the protein your body needs? Greens, beans, seeds and nuts are filled with protein. I am working on a post to educate you on our specific protein needs and will link to it when it’s finished.
Do I have to eat “perfectly” to see results?
No! Even small changes can produce big rewards. We have been known to stop at Subway for sandwiches, ordered in a greasy cheese pizza on Friday nights, gone out for ice cream for a school function, I even let my kids try Cheetos to quench their curiosity, and Philly soft pretzels are my absolute downfall. It’s difficult to be “perfect” all the time, and honestly, I really wouldn’t want to. It takes a lot of work to make everything from scratch. Even mama needs a day (or meal) off once in awhile! Just make sure those are every once-in-awhile treats. Aim to eat at home 5 days per week and then forgive yourself when you consume something that doesn’t exactly follow the rules on your off days. Remember, just because you mess up at one particular meal doesn’t mean your whole day is ruined.
My kids are super picky, how do I get them to embrace real food?
My kids can be picky too, but there are definitely ways to get them to eat healthier without too much fuss. Read about 10 Ways to Get Your Kids to Eat Healthy for some tips!
Do you offer coaching?
YES! I would love to share my knowledge with you and help you reach your goals together. Please check out my services page for more information.
Until next time, keep it real.