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Monday, August 11, 2014

Revamping Our Diet

I know that organic food usually costs more than conventional. Grass-fed beef isn't cheap. And let's be real... Oreos taste good. So why oh why would one want to change their diet?

As an adult, I'm finding that I continue to learn more & more about the world & how things work (that statement made me sound not at all like an adult). And when you learn something, you can't unlearn it, right? It just becomes hard to continue on doing what you were doing before when you now know. Ya know?

When The Hubs & I were starting out on this process toward natural living, we watched a few food documentaries. Before that point, The Hubs could not be convinced that buying organic was worth the extra money. After watching these, he changed his stance.

Here are a few documentaries on Netflix, if you're interested:
Food, Inc.
Food Matters
Forks Over Knives
Hungry for Change

You'll find lots more on there if you want to keep going.

So let's say you're to the point where you now know about what you're eating & you want to make some changes, but you just can't afford to spend tons of money. How do you make it work? Here are some tips for eating well within a budget:

*Cut out the processed treats: sodas, baked goods, sugary desserts, etc.
*Shop at your local farmers market
*Eat less meat - more black beans, quinoa, eggs, vegetables high in protein
*Just drink water (no sodas, juice, milk) - & lots of it - good for you & free! (for flavor, I add Young Living citrus oils in my water)
*Shop mainly in the perimeter of the grocery store - real, unprocessed foods that actually fill you up

Unfortunately, there aren't many coupons out there for real, quality food. But you can be strategic & figure out ways to feed yourself & your family food that doesn't have pesticides, antibiotics, added hormones, etc.

Again - this is not meant to be a hard & fast rule that makes you feel bad about the food in your grocery cart. Remember - 80/20! and baby steps, y'all. However - our diet is the biggest aspect of our health. It may or may not affect how we feel today, but it definitely affects how we fight illness, how our body functions, & our future health. So, it's kind of important.

Pray about it - be wise with your finances - & I believe God's grace covers the rest. :)


3 comments:

  1. Such great tips Courtney! Thanks for sharing! I totally agree about "once you learn something you can't unlearn it" and that's how our journey started too :)

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  2. Looking forward to watching the bottom three films! I have watched Food Inc. I always learn on your blog!

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  3. Jerry's cardiologist recommended the "forks over knives" diet after Jerry's triple bypass. The Dr. apparently said it's the most effective means of treating heart disease that he's seen.

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