Sunday, November 28, 2010

Goodbye low-fat, good bye sugar-free.

I grew up in a house filled with low-fat, fat-free, sugar-free items.  It was what was popular at the time for losing weight and becoming healthy.  My mom did a lot of research, and she tried to provide us with healthy options.  We never had soda or junk food.

Fast forward to today, we know now that processed foods replacing the fat, sugar, and calories with fake food is not good. Well some of us know that. There are certainly plenty of people out there still touting the pleasure of diet foods designed to taste delicious and make you skinny.  You might lose weight if you cut your calories by substituting these foods, but you're not going to gain health. This brings me to the Real Food Movement.  What is Real Food?  Real food is a lot of different things.  It is often associated with local foods, sustainable farming, and traditional foods.  Real Food means so much more than I even know so far, and I learn more everyday.  But essentially, as we focus on it, it is food that is in as close to natural a form as possible.  It is not processed or filled with chemicals or additives.  It is the opposite of fat-free, sugar-free, or anything else free.  It is full of everything good for you!

In this way of thinking, full fat dairy or even, say, bacon is much better for you than any diet food.  *Gasp.*  Yep, that's right, I've been cooking with and using whole milk for the past year and I have lost more than 25 lbs.  Now, dairy is a hot topic in the world of traditional foods.  Raw milk is certainly ideal, but we use organic whole milk most often.  We also don't drink it straight or use it often.  But I'm not going to get into the details of why this or why that.  Mostly, it comes down to food in its original form is always healthier than the processed version.  We focus our diet on fresh fruits, vegetables, organic and properly raised meats and eggs, whole grains (preferably soaked), etc.  We are not perfect.  We don't do this 100%.  We have processed food leftover in our pantry... salad dressings full of ingredients I can't pronounce and powdered sauce mixes that have sat there so long because they don't even look appetizing anymore... but we us them sparingly, and eventually they'll expire and we'll move forward without them.  We buy healthy, real foods that nourish our bodies, and we enjoy cooking delicious meals full of flavor, nutrients, and yes, even fat.  And both my husband and I have lost weight and got healthier doing it.

Some of my favorite real-food bloggers:
Kitchen Stewardship
Nourished Kitchen
Passionate Homemaking
Nourish MD
Frugal Granola


  1. Couldn't agree with you more. In fact, a key reason we started raising our own beef and lamb was so we knew exactly where our meat came from. I have a 10 yo son who won't touch margerine - butter only for him, if you please. And you know what, he's right. It tastes better, and it's real.

  2. Thanks Jamie! I, like you, am not 100% with this but I try. It is amazing how much better real food tastes and how much better I feel.


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