For the last few years, I have been on a journey to live in a cleaner life. Recently, I have been thinking more about my diet and the meals I prepare each day for myself and my family. We rarely eat fast food, never drink soda, gave up adding sugar to my coffee. All a good start, but thought it was time to take a closer look at our modern diet.
A few days ago, I was on You Tube and stumbled upon “The Skinny on Obesity" with Dr. Lustig:. He speaks with passion about our sugar and carbohydrate obsession. Dr. Lustig believes sugar is the major culprit behind the country's obesity rates. He is not concerned about sugars in fruit, but rather the sugars that come in processed foods.
So, this week I thought I would try to cut down on sugar and processed food. Not only is too much sugar and processed food harmful to our bodies, but all that packing and plastic is not good for our planet either.
One site I have found helpful is 100 Days of Real Food. Lisa Leake, offers simple, affordable, family-friendly recipes and practical advice for eliminating processed foods from your family's diet. She, her husband, and their two daughters pledged to go 100 days without eating highly processed or refined foods—a challenge she opened to readers on her blog. 100 Days seems too intense for me, so I thought I would start with the 10 Day Real Food Pledge .
If you would like to make changes to your diet, but are not ready to give up all processed food at once, the site also offers ways to slowly cut out processed food and recipe ideas.