I have always enjoyed great food and loved sharing it with people. Food to me is a way to commune with others and something we all have in common. As I’ve grown so have my tasted matured. I’m always willing to try new foods and encouraging others to do the same.
About 2 years ago I started to change my diet and eating habits. I used to eat a lot of junk food, I didn’t exercise and making sure veggies got on my dinner plate was just not that important to me. I decided that it was time for a change. I found a pin on Pinterest that had a 21 Day No Junk Food Challenge and a friend and I decided to do it together. The rules were pretty simple, no chocolate, no candy, no cookies or biscuits, no cake, donuts or muffins, no pastries, no white bread, no chips (that was the hardest one), no fast food, no nutella, peanut butter or other naughty spreads and no ice cream. We also added no pop to this list since we thought it was strange it wasn’t already on there. I really struggled with this challenge, my husband and I used to eat fast food at least once a week. After about 2 weeks on this challenge I started to notice my cravings for the junk food were subsiding and I wasn’t getting the headaches I had been getting as much. It made me feel better and I had more energy!
Near the end of the No Junk Food Challenge I started to do more research into a no junk food diet. That’s when I came upon the 100 Days of Real Food blog. This blog laid out some ‘rules’ on what to avoid and why processed foods were bad. To this point I hadn’t given much thought to cutting out processed foods. I really started to keep their rule of ‘5 ingredients or less’ in mind and began looking at the ingredients on items I was buying in the stores. It drove my husband crazy when we would grocery shop together because it now took me forever in the store since I was reading label after label looking at what was in these foods I’ve been buying all these years. Slowly I started to change the items that would get put into my shopping cart, less processed items, avoiding items with ingredients I cannot pronounce and adding more whole and real foods. My habits didn’t change drastically overnight, it was a gradual change over the last couple of years. I am happy to say that we almost never eat fast food and we eat about an 80-90% clean/real ‘diet’ (I’m apprehensive to call it a diet since it is truly our new lifestyle).
So why start a blog? Well I LOVE FOOD and I want to share my new lifestyle with my friends, family and anyone who will listen! Even though I’ve changed my diet a lot over the last few years I do not feel like I’m at all depriving myself. If anything it’s quite the opposite. Since I try my best to make most meals at home, mostly from scratch or from items that have pronounceable ingredients, I now try a lot of different recipes and cuisines and I’m always making them my own. When we eat out now we also tend to choose local restaurants (as opposed to the big chains) where we can get more of a homemade quality meal, not to mention supporting the local economy.
So this blog is going to be about my adventures in food, about recipes I try and adapt to become my own, about restaurants I eat at, and about my experiences shopping for the off the norm ingredients. I hope you enjoy this journey with me and let me know what you think along the way.