Sunday, June 17, 2012

10 Days of Real Food

Danielle and I just finished up day 1 of a 10-day "real food" pledge. We're spending 10 days not eating any processed foods, and only eating "real" (things that we can buy raw and make ourselves) foods. You can see more details on how this works over at the 100 Days of Real Food page on how to define real foods.

Why are we doing this? Well, the reasons are fairly simple. We both want to be healthier and have been learning more and more as of late about the current state of affairs with the food industry. For quite some time now, we've been buying mostly organic produce, with our primary source being the farmers' market (with some supermarket organics mixed in during the week or when we want things that can't be grown locally). When we eat out, a lot of times it's anyone's guess as to where the food comes from (well, the conspiracy theorist in me always assume the worst). When Danielle ran across the website linked above a few weeks ago, we both decided we wanted to take the pledge and try cutting out processed foods for at least the 10-day period proposed.

Is it really that hard? Well, yes and no. Yes, it's difficult to begin a process like this. I've known for some time just how many preservatives and additives are in foods, but it's shocking the places it shows up. Even at places like Whole Foods and farmers markets, which is filled with food snobs and hippies, you have to be careful and read everything. Now that we are off and running (day 1 is already done!), I suspect things will be much easier. Danielle has done a great job at planning out things, so there's no "I don't know, what do you want to eat tonight?" temptations. So far, the food is excellent, so sticking to a diet like this should be easy :).

Zucchini muffins made from scratch. I like where this is going.

Changing Things Up

You may have noticed a few changes around here. If not, you've never been to the site. I've decided to change over to Blogger since I've been tiring of hosting my sites and worrying about them. Plus, Blogger integrates in a few ways with Google+, which is where I've been spending most of my time and posting most of my photos. I'm not entirely comfortable with handing over even more of my data to Google, but it seems that's where things are headed anyway.

If you notice that there are some weird things at the end of any posts, it's fairly likely that it's leftovers from the old Flickr plugin I had on the old site. That data got imported right into the body of posts. Also, as a result of the import, the photos got lost. If you want to check out any of my older posts, I have a bunch of stuff over in my account at Flickr, and now have been adding things to Picasa/Google+.