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28 Day Real Food Challenge: Day 2

Posted Feb 02 2010 12:00am
Yesterday, I took the time to remove processed and refined foods from the kitchen. You'll actually feel great throwing out the things that has been in your cupboard for years, thinking whether you might actually need them or not. Just like spring cleaning your house, you'll feel cleaner after ridding that kitchen items that your body doesn't need.

I've been seeing advertisements on TV promoting instant noodles as a great breakfast meal. These instant noodles are obviously loaded with chemicals, and have harmed humans at a cellular level which results in earlier aging and degenerative health issues. The ad says that they are fortified with vitamins and minerals enticing the viewers that this breakfast treat will make your kids smarter. And what do the parents do? They buy it for their kids. But if the parents doesn't buy it, the kids will encourage their mom or dad to buy it for them.

It is true that food provides us energy and calories but I also believe with the quote "you are what you eat". What you eat becomes who you are and the food that we eat has the capacity to communicate with our genes and regulates our entire biochemistry and physiology. When we eat real fats, for instance, we are transmitting valuable nutrients to our brains in order to function well. When we eat real foods, we are giving our bodies the right nutrients to function at optimum and cellular level.

Now that I've slightly convinced you that real foods are the real deal, let's choose some whole, unprocessed foods as part of who we are. Day two is choosing wholesome food.s

Here's the checklist of wholesome foods from Nourished Kitchen. To prioritize you checklist, visit the post Good, Better, Best: Traditional Food for Every Budget. The idea is not to buy every item on the list, but choose a few items to fill up your pantry as a start.
  • Natural Sweeteners such as oney, blackstrap molasses, whole unrefined cane sugar (e.g. Rapadura / Sucanat), sorghum syrup, maple syrup.
  • Wholesome fats such as unrefined olive oil, coconut oil, palm oil, tallow, butter, ghee
  • Whole meal flours such as grain flour, sprouted grain flour, coconut and blanched nut flours
  • Unrefined Sea Salt such as real salt and celtic sea salt
  • Meat (preferably grass-fed or pasture-raised) such as beef, lamb, chicken, pork, bison, elk etc.
  • Fresh vegetables and fruit (preferably organic in season and local)
  • Full fat dairy (preferably raw) such as whole milk, butter, cream, cheese
  • Naturally fermented foods and beverages such as kombucha, yogurt, kefir

So far, I have already purchased some wholesome items a few weeks ago to kick start the new year.The most challenging part in choosing wholesome foods is looking for the right sources (affordable ones) who are actually on the same page as I do.For the last few months, I slowly gained access to wholesome local products such as kefir, yogurt, chicken, some fruits and vegetables. The others are imported such as the grains and legumes. The other part of the challenge is to search for these other resources locally. So far they have been showing up one at a time.

Today, I made a quinoa salad with black beans, cucumbers and tomatoes. And tomorrow's challenge is how to prepare grains properly. My other grains are ready to be used.

Love and light,



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