Hey y’all! This morning I was thinking about what it means to “eat healthy” or “eat clean”, and what defines someone as a “health freak?” I was chatting with a friend not too long ago and she referred to her parents as health freaks and I got to thinking, what does that really mean? I think the idea of eating clean or eating healthy is vastly relative and will vary greatly depending on who you ask. To someone who eats low carb, gluten free, no sugar, and low fat, my diet would probably seem horrendous to them! Just this morning I made homemade biscuits (carbs!) with cheddar bacon gravy (fat!) How’s that for a healthy breakfast? Haha! But to someone who eats processed canned, boxed, or frozen foods, filled with refined sugar, sodium, preservatives, and artificial flavors, my diet would seem like I’m a complete overachieving health nut or something. After all, I buy about 90% organic food (I’d buy 100% if it was available to me), I’m a raw milk enthusiast, I take a whole foods vitamin everyday, and I make about 90% of what we eat from raw scratch ingredients. So am I a health freak? I don’t know, it really makes me think! Some would say definitely and others would say no, not at all.
What is healthy eating to me?
To me, eating healthy or eating clean comes down to a few things.. Avoiding ANYthing that is unnatural is a top priority. In my opinion, unnatural things to not belong in our bodies, period. They all lead to health problems over time, there’s no argument there. Anything you make with a boxed mix, or any pre-made ready-to-eat food item, with the exception of some organic brands, is going to contain a plethora of unnatural things, and things that are just plain bad for you like artificial colors, preservatives, nitrates, refined sugar, fake unnatural flavorings and much more. I want to avoid that if at all possible.
Another thing that is top priority for me is avoiding produce, meat, dairy, etc. that could contain GMOs, pesticides, antibiotics, hormones, etc. as those are also all unnatural things. I could write a whole post on this alone, but I’ll save that for another day. 😉 To me, this means drinking raw milk, buying organic produce, and sourcing pasture-raised meat whenever possible and cooking our food with these types of wholesome natural ingredients.
Honestly, eating things my great-great-grandparents would have eaten when they were growing up is kind of my “ideal” in a sense. 🙂 The generalized theme of my blog is living simply like they did in the “olden days” (whatever that means, haha) Back when our great-great-grandparents were growing up, raising your own animals and growing your own food was a normal way of life. GMOs weren’t a thing, pesticides weren’t invented, animals were raised humanely with plenty of space to graze, people cooked from scratch, and people were healthier! In my mind, this is the way God intended us to live. Taking care of His creation, using the resources He blessed us with responsibly and with gratitude to live a healthy, happy life. Most modern people are too busy with life to worry about where their food comes from because they can just buy it pre-made at the store without a thought. That doesn’t appeal to me. It is my dream to someday have some land and a mini homestead of my own to raise and grow some of my own food. I know this is probably over-the-top and overachieving to many, but its my dream. 🙂 Living a simple life and providing for myself is so fulfilling to me and it is my personal ideal. Until then, I’ll just do the best I can with what I have!
Lets Not Get TOO Carried Away Though…
I know to some it may sound like I am totally carried away with this, but I really try not to be. I just do my best. Do we go out to eat? Yes absolutely! In moderation. We eat with friends and family who don’t have the same food ideals as us and that is perfectly okay. If we want to splurge on some dessert we absolutely do. When we eat out or eat with other people, we don’t think about whether or not the food is organic or if it was 100% homemade, and we certainly don’t judge others for how they choose to eat or cook! We don’t let our ideals about food run or control our life, but we just do our best and ask God to bless what we eat. That’s really all we can do! We like eating carbs, we like eating good fats (yes, I believe pastured butter, and fat rendered from meat is actually good for you!), we love cheese. I’m not gonna lie, we love our sweets too. 😉 To me, its not so much about what you eat, but more about the ingredients used to make it. AND moderation. (We don’t eat bacon gravy and biscuits every morning..) Apple pie isn’t a health food or a superfood by any means, but if you make it with organic apples, raw honey, non-GMO white wheat flour, pastured butter, raw milk, with a bit of organic cane sugar and spices, and don’t eat it every day, that doesn’t sound so unhealthy does it? 😉
So that’s where I’m at with the whole healthy eating, clean eating stuff. What do YOU consider healthy eating or clean eating? There’s definitely not just one right answer! Let me know what you think in the comments!