Sunday, January 6, 2013

Clean Eating - Prep Day

Welcome back!

It's been a crazy few months but the new  year is here and its time to get blogging!

So my husband and I recently watched a few eye opening documentaries - a ted talk series called "Chew on This" along with "Food Matters" and "Hungry for Change"

Those of you who know me will know that I have been struggling with obesity since my early twenties. After watching these shows something just clicked.. You know that moment when a light bulb lights up and everything changes? This was that moment.

After a long discussion with Ryan we made the decision to go 100% Real Food for 100 days. We got the inspiration from this AMAZING website:  It is filled with tons of tips and advice for getting started and a whole bunch of yummy real food recipes.

So What is real food?

My definition is any foods that come from from mama earth vs foods that come from a long processing line filled with additives/chemicals/artificial flavors ect.  You can see the "rules" we are following HERE.

We are still using honey and 100% pure maple syrup for the odd sweetener we need. But keep in mind it still has sugar in it - just a much less processed/refined version when compared to white / brown / cane sugars and artificial sweeteners.

Here is how our first day looked:

Prep day!! - We rid the house of ALL processed foods. This included a huge list of things such as:

  • condiments
  • most canned foods besides our Eden organic beans
  • white / brown sugar
  • all cereal
  • white flour
  • kraft dinner
  • candy / chocolate 
  • pastas that were not whole grain
  • sweetened yogurt
  • breads that contained sugar or white flour
  • white rice
There was a TON of foods that we donated (I just could not justify throwing out unopened boxes of food) We had a total of 12 large grocery bags. As we were going through the food we looked up certain ingredients that we were unsure of and found some pretty disturbing things. For example did you know that many store-bought children's cereal contains BHT or BHA (butylated  hydroxytoluene) - an ingredient used in Jet fuel?  I will write more on these findings at a later date. I promise.

Next we went shopping for some new real food. Some of the things we bought were:

  • TONS of organic fruits and veggies (Kale, lemons, Spinach, peppers, carrots)
  • Natural peanut butter
  • Almond butter
  • Plain Yogurt (love Bles-Wold - made near by in Lacombe)
  • coconut oil
  • olive oil
  • Whole wheat stone ground flour
  • Quinoa (we hadn't tried this before but loved it!)
  • Lots of different raw seeds and nuts
Getting everything home and putting it away felt really good. I loved the way our fridge looked full of food that was actual going to provide my family with nutrition. Food that was not filled with unpronounceable ingredients. It felt great to know that we were headed in the right step.

So next up day one - What foods we ate - how everyone is coping with sugar withdrawal . Stay tuned I will have it up shortly.

Warm Blessings!
Sarah ~


  1. How ironic that post below is a perfect example of why we NEEDED to make this change.

  2. Wow! I'm so impressed! Cleaning out the fridge is a tough one but getting rid of the temptations is the best way to go (hence why I was eating before all the Christmas goodies arrived...).
    Have you tried making yogurt? So much fun and way delicious!...Although perhaps I have a messed up idea of fun?

  3. This is amazing! Bones and I also watched Hungry For Change and Ted Talks! Thank for the info on the brown sugar I was unsure of that one ;) Onward and Upward!!

    1. Yes I've heard allot of claims that brown sugar is healthier when in actuality most of the brown sugar from the grocery stores is just granulated white sugar with mollasses added for color.