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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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.

7 Steps to a Real Food Lifestyle

 

7 Steps to a Real Food Lifestyle

By now you have a better understanding of exactly what real food is and the rules of real food hopefully you are convinced a real food lifestyle is the way to get healthier, slimmer and feeling better. Congratulations! What’s the next step?

  1. Have a family meeting and decide on a starting date.
    Make your family aware you will be making some changes. Assure them although things will be different, there are still many great tasting foods similar to the ones they are used to. Keep everyone involved in shopping and picking out new recipes to try. The more involved everyone is the more likely they will embrace the change.
  2. Throw away all the processed junk.
    I know, I know, I know. You’re going give me some shameful debate that you spent good money on all that food. Look, I can appreciate your argument, but let me make this easier for you. You didn’t buy “food.” You bought “garbage” and “garbage” belongs in your garbage can. Not your pantry. You should feel good about returning it to its rightful spot. There is no nutritional benefit to processed food. You are not fueling your body with the best. Instead, it is keeping you from being your best.
  3. Go shopping.
    While at the store, read ingredient labels and remember the rules of real food. If you can’t pronounce it, don’t buy it. If there are more than 5 ingredients on the label, don’t buy it. If it’s white, it ain’t right, and therefore, don’t buy it. If it isn’t made with something you’d likely find in your great-grandmother’s pantry, you guessed it, don’t buy it! Check out my real food pantry and real food refrigerator for inspiration. Better yet, sign up for your FREE real food shopping guide with all the products that are real food approved.
  4. Fill your refrigerator with whole plant foods in a variety of colors.
    Never tried a dragon fruit before? Don’t be shy, give it a go! Don’t even know what a jicama looks like? Ask the produce man! Have no idea how to roast brussel sprouts? Google it! Try new things. Food will taste different once you retrain your palate. If you don’t like something today, don’t give up on it. Soon an orange will taste like the most amazing thing you’ve ever put in your mouth.
  5. Meal plan.
    Get a few new recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner and put them in your meal rotation. The recipes don’t have to be elaborate or time consuming. One meal a day should include a large salad with oil-free salad dressing. Check out our recipe page for ideas. Find out why meal planning is so important and how I do it here.
  6. Start cooking from scratch.
    The simplest way to avoid processed foods are to make things yourself. Then you know exactly what is going into them. I like to “bulk bake” or “bulk cook” and freeze foods for later. This technique can save you from those nights or mornings you are in a rush which often leads to slipping up.
  7. Breathe.
    This lifestyle is not about perfection. If you slip up at lunch time, you still have dinner to recover. Standard American Diet (SAD) foods will be all around at work, school, family gatherings and restaurants tempting you at every. single. turn. Aim to “get it right” 80% of the time and you will be making vast improvements.

Until next time, keep it real.