Ok, It’s December 1st…which means day 1 of my next challenge! If you read my previous post, you know that I chose 31 Days of Real Food as my challenge for the month.
I know I need to do some explaining as the title might be a bit vague. I have been reading blogs for a few years now (namely Passionate Homemaking and Heavenly Homemakers) that eat radically different than the average American. While I have definitely adapted many of their principles, I haven’t totally 100% committed to the whole “real food” way of eating. I definitely try to incorporate whole grains, even making my own whole wheat bread about 50% of the time, but when it comes to sugar….I’m all about it. I’ve never tried to cut it out. As far as processed foods…I try to limit them. But lets face it, I get lazy. I get sick of making my own things or thinking too hard and sometimes it’s just easier to hand the kids a cookie or fruit snacks when they are screaming because they want a snack.
So, I have come across the blog 100 Days of Real Food… maybe you have seen it as well. I love how doable they make eating real food seem. I was so inspired, that I decided to do my own version for 31 Days.
Here are my rules for the month (inspired by 100 day of real food rules but adapted to our family needs and lifestyle.)
What we CAN eat:
1. 100% whole grains (whole wheat flour, oats, brown rice etc)
2. Fruits and Veggies (preferably organic)
3. Dairy (again, preferably organic whole milk and cheeses)
4. Limited amounts of UN-processed, natural sweeteners (honey, maple syrup and sucanat)
5. Local, grass-fed & free-range meats (easy for us because we are in a meat CSA and already do this)
6. Packaged foods that have 5 or less main ingredients (and those ingredients must abide by the above rules.)
What we CAN’T eat:
1. No refined grains (white flour, white rice, even most store bought “wheat” bread isn’t truly whole wheat)
2. No refined sugar (white sugar, brown sugar, high fructose corn syrup)
3. No processed foods (packaged snacks, chips, cereal, candy…etc)
4. No fast food
5. No soda
Exceptions to the Rules
1. If we are at someone else’s house, a party, event, restaurant we don’t need to follow the rules.
2. Occasionally Reid and I take a date night and he’s already requested that we don’t follow the rules on our date.
3. Christmas Day. I recognize that December is about the worst possible month to do a challenge like this, so I’m letting us off the hook on Christmas!
So, there you have it! I’m excited and have already been cooking up a storm today making things like homemade chocolate chips and whole wheat bread. I know some challenges will come up this month. For instance, on Monday I’m cooking dinner for a large group of people, so I need to find something that abides by the rules, yet still tastes acceptable to the masses.
What will my blogging look like? I won’t post every single day about this challenge, but I will post often with updates, recipes, pictures and more. I have other crafty things and home decor projects and tutorials that will be in the mix as well. Also, every Sunday this month, I plan to post a menu plan for the week with links to recipes.
Want to join along? I will put a button on the right sidebar to grab and add to your blog!