Skip to main content

Real Foods


Basic Rules:
Eat foods in their most natural state.
Buy Organic whenever possible.
Read ingredients.
Choose whole grains.
Avoid refined sugars, or eat as a treat not as a daily ingredient.
Avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup!!!
Use real maple syrup or honey to sweeten your food.
Use real oils: Avocado, Olive, Coconut. Real butter.
       Vegetable oil is not natural
Drink water.

I know it is not likely that you will follow all these rules all the time but I know that if you do start to incorporate these changes into your daily routine you will feel healthier. I made this lifestyle change at the beginning of 2015. I choose not to eat any fried food because I know it is mostly likely fried in vegetable oil and I know that my body is not a fan. I do allow myself to have refined sugar as treat when I bake however many of my recipes are sweetened with maple syrup or honey. Sugar controlled me for many years. I have a serious sweet tooth. 

Become informed about the products you are eating. I was not happy with the ingredients labels on the bread bags in the super markets. I now bake my own whole wheat bread for our family each week. I use whole wheat flour or white whole wheat flour when I'm cooking for my family. If I am baking a treat for someones birthday I will use King Arthur unbleached All Purpose Flour.


  1. This is the first time I read your blog. I love it. Lots of helpful tips. I been trying to get back in to a running routine and eating healthy.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog

What to Pack for a Ragnar Trail Relay?

Months ago when we decided to sign up for the Ragnar Trail Relay in West Virginia I started a list on my phone of what I wanted to pack. I have been known for being a list maker. Thankfully I am not alone in my list making when more than half of my team has an Engineering background it turns out we are all pretty listy. Our one team member even set up a google doc of what to pack so that we can all edit it. I know I'm a nerd but I love being prepared and I love being organized.

I started packing over the weekend when I knew I wouldn't be wearing most of my running clothes until race day. For the Relay I will be running 3 times so I made sure to pack three complete running outfits. I found a really helpful tip online to place each outfit in a gallon ziplock bag so I wont have to be searching for everything in the middle of the night or while someone else may be sleeping. The event will be all day and all night so I needed to make sure I packed a headlamp and extra batteries. I …

No Lunch Run for Me

Yesterday I was unable to run during my lunch break. My first reaction was self pity but then I quickly had to realize my little girl and her health are far more important. My daughter has been sick on and off for a few weeks and her breathing was very labored and I knew she had to go back to the doctor. Thankfully I was able to get her an appointment that day but it meant leaving work for a few hours and missing my lunch hour. When I start a training plan I tend to get a little obsessive about sticking to as much as I can. I don't know when I became such a rule follower. I have a good friend that I get to work with each day and he came to my rescue yesterday and put me in my place and out of my pity party. Thank you. I need to remember that things are going to change and everything can not always go as planned. When I have acceptance my life is far more serene. So at the end of the day yesterday I did not get to run or even do an alternate workout like I had planned because my hu…

Real Food Real Fuel

On January 1st of this year I started a resolution to eat more real foods. This idea was sparked by real food bloggers like Lisa Leake and Trina Holden. These woman have inspired me greatly to not only eat more real foods but to cook and bake with more real foods. To start out my pledge I cut out all white flour and white sugar from my diet for 45 days. I started to bake my own bread because I could not find actual whole grain bread for sale. Have you ever read the ingredients of your whole wheat bread? It isn't really what it's cracked up to be. So many things in my kitchen had to go: ketchup, salad dressing, vegetable oil, Hershey's Chocolate Syrup, Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Cool whip and the list goes on and on. I really had little to know knowledge about reading ingredients for years I was more concerned with calories and nutritional info which can be important info. but now to me the most important info is the ingredients. I am a huge chocolate fan so for the first …