So I’ve been thinking a lot about my goals and priorities in moving from where we are now in our eating habits and the food we have in our house to a more natural and wholesome way of eating. The craze was to eat low-fat, buy items that say light, low-fat, low-cal, etc. You can find hundreds of items that have these claims on the label, that if looked at closely, are probably not true. I see this now moving toward organic. I haven’t done much research on the claims of organic but have heard that as with low-fat you need to be just as skeptical when something claims to be organic. While I think that eating organic and low-fat is important, I think that the importance can be given too much weight.
The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed according to their own kinds, and trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. – Genesis 1:12
I believe that God made our bodies to gain the most nutrients from and process best the food that He made for us. When companies make their light and low-fat products, they need to do what they can to make it taste like the full-fat version. They add all sorts of fake-fat to put in it instead. Again, I haven’t done really any research on this, but I can’t believe that the fake stuff that is in those products has any positive effects on our bodies. Our bodies were made to handle fat, not chemicals. The solution to not eating low-fat foods is working out!
I heard one lady describe how she decides what to buy. She asks herself two questions:
- If I really needed to, could I make this product in my own kitchen?
- Could I explain what is in this/how it is made to an 8 year old?
If the answer to these questions is “no” it is probably safe to say that there are items in the product that are not God-made and probably not the best to put in our bodies and probably not that easy for our body to process.
This is why I really believe that whole foods are the most important priority for our eating habits. People often say to shop around the grocery store, around the outside of the aisles for the healthiest eating. I think this is true, on the outside of the isles are produce, meat, dairy, and often bread. These are all things that God made, things from the earth, plants and animals. By eating whole foods such as these, organic or not, we avoid eating many of those awful words on the ingredients label that are impossible to pronounce and not good for our bodies.
My priorities for good eating go like this:
- whole foods:things that aren’t in a box, etc.)
- more nutrition: choosing the whole foods that are going to be best nutritionally, such as coconut oil over vegetable or canola oil (I can actually make coconut oil in my kitchen if I want too!)
- organic: but only things that are worth buying organic, such as the dirty dozen. While I would like to support the organic farmers, especially the local ones, I just can’t afford to buy everything organic at this point.
- low-fat: Of the whole, nutritious, and organic foods, I would choose the lower-fat options. Such as almonds over cashews (nuts are good for you, but almonds are much better for you than cashews).
I’m going to try to figure out a good way to track our progress in moving towards a more whole and natural way of eating…not sure how that will turn out, but I’m going to try 🙂 I’ve started it a bit, but my goals for the year are to make my own bread and dressings and use coconut and olive oil as much as I can instead of canola or butter (though I’m not that opposed to butter). I’ll probably come up with a few more as the year goes on, but that’s it for now. 🙂 Some of my inspiration for baby steps come from this blog.