In short, my focus is on foods that God made. While I am inspired by philosophies like Paleo, Primal, and the Weston A. Price Foundation, I do not follow any of them exclusively. What I like about these approaches is that they concentrate on a nutrient dense, whole foods diet. My goal is to eat more foods from nature, and less food from a factory. I avoid a can or cannot have mindset around food and, instead, actively seek out nutrients that help my body to function optimally. I do my best to avoid processed, nutritionally devoid foods. I try to pair common sense with my nutritional education and let that guide my daily choices. Common sense tells me that if I pretty much stick to the food that God made for us to eat, my body will get what it needs.
For me, eating looks like this:
MOSTLY: eggs, grass-fed beef, seafood, vegetables, fruit, avocado
SOME OF THIS: grass-fed butter, extra-virgin olive oil, coconut milk/oil/flour, wine, nuts and seeds (including nut butters), sausage and bacon (from good sources), honey and maple syrup.
A LITTLE BIT OF THIS: cheese, non-GMO tortilla chips and corn tortillas, rice, grass-fed yogurt, chocolate and other sweets.
NEVER: Unhealthy oils or gluten. Gluten makes my digestive system go beserk and it’s just not worth it. The few times I’ve strayed (I’m looking at you pizza!) I have paid for it with a digestive, skin and sinus rebellion. No thanks. I can always find a gluten-free version if I’m monster craving something. BUT, and this is important, I am gluten-free but eat very few “gluten-free” labeled foods. Exchanging a regular pizza crust for a gluten-free pizza crust does not make it more nutritious. There are not healthful “nutrients” in most packaged gluten-free foods.
So, that gives you a pretty good idea of what I eat. I never feel deprived. I always make my food taste good (thank you butter!). If I want a cookie, I make them from quality ingredients instead of buying the cheap, processed kind (adios Oreos!). Do I eat healthfully ALL the time? Of course not. I’m human. And a mom (who needs wine). But I’m seeking those nutrients most of the time, and that’s what’s important.
To see a list of my Top 10 Pantry Items click here.