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Real Food


Have you guys heard of the website/blog, 100 Days of Real Food?  I recently stumbled upon it and am hooked.  I'd been thinking a lot about making healthier choices when it comes to eating and cooking but it's sometimes hard to know where to start.

Lisa, the author of the website, focuses on the importance of real food and cutting out processed and junk foods. She takes the guess work out of everything with her 'Start Here' and 'Real Food Defined' pages.  There are tons of recipes, shopping lists, weekly steps to eating healthier and how to do it all on a budget.  This was just what I needed to find.

We do have some restrictions in our family due to health reasons so we can't do whole wheat/grain products but slowly I have started to implement other healthier, less processed, organic foods.  It feels good to make better decisions and to understand exactly why I'm making these decisions.

I'm no expert AT ALL but here are a few tips I've picked up in the last couple of weeks, just from Real Food.

Go Organic
Something I wasn't doing - and only due to higher price tags - was buying organic products over non-organic, cheaper choices.  Organic basically means you are avoiding high levels of pesticide residue and genetically modified organisms.  I'm sure you're all familiar with the "dirty dozen" but I figure in any case, it's usually always better to go with the organic alternative, despite the cost.
See here for more info.



Milk 101
Milk choices can be so overwhelming.  We have no problems with dairy so I've always bought the regular store brand milk.  Now, I've always thought that skim milk was the 'right' choice, however Lisa says not so much.  Skim milk is actually what is left after the cream has been removed from the milk.  And the cream is what contains the healthy/good enzymes and such.  The skim milk then goes under a fortified process to add back in the same stuff it removes... but it's obviously not the same.  Lisa recommends sticking with 2% - it may be higher in fat but at least you're actually getting some health benefits from it.  Also, go for organic again.  Organic milk means that the cows have not been given any antibiotics so that's definitely the healthier option.  What the cows consume = what we consume.
See here for more info.

White Cheese
Cheese is made from cream and milk... it's meant to be white.  So when you buy yellow cheese like cheddar, colby jack, etc., these have actually been soaked with food dye.  Technically harmless but why consume these food additives when you don't have to?  You can find plenty of alternatives instead - pepperjack, white cheddar, mozzarella.
See here for more info.


Bagged Cheese
Speaking of cheese... bagged, pre-shredded cheese contains cellulose made from wood pulp.  Gross.  It's the white, chalky stuff on the cheese.  To avoid it, always buy block cheese and shred it yourself.  It tastes so much better anyway!
See here for more info.

I'll be honest, I haven't been able to get on board with organic cheese YET.  Of course it's better for you because as Dr. Oz has said 'you can't peel or wash pesticides off of dairy products' so always go for organic.  It's just more expensive... but I know it's worth it.

What little tips do you have for me when it comes to eating healthier?  And be sure to check out 100 Days of Real Food - it's a really great resource to have!

30 comments

  1. The shredded cheese was the real eye opener...I rarely by blocked cheese because it's harder to shred lol!! You've changed my mind!!

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  2. Great tips girl! I had never really thought about the shredded cheese thing but now I will! I actually don't mind shredding my own cheese because I feel like it melts better but I'm usually lazy about it. I definitely need to stop being lazy!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  3. These are awesome tips! I need to check out this site stat! I am all about eating clean and healthy 80% of the time and there are so many things to learn!

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  4. ok that tip about shredded cheese is awesome! i didnt realize there was wood chips in the shredded stuff! GROSS! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  5. I know isn't it to eye opening once you start reading about all the crap in our food?! Between Lisa and Foodbabe I've changed our way of eating. I buy pretty much all organic now and yes it is expensive but it's worth it in my opinion. Now Theo is on board so he doesn't gripe when I come home with a high grocery bill!

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  6. These are great tips, I never thought about cheese and it being yellow or pre-shredded. I will gladly shred my own cheese to avoid extra additives ;-)

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  7. Great tips!! I'm the same way, I'll buy whatever's cheaper but I do get the organic spinach becomes it comes in a nicer tub lol. And I agree about shredding the cheese- more work but it tastes SO much better!! xo

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  8. Such good info! I remember another blogger mentioning the cheese thing too- I had no idea!

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  9. This is such an awesome website! We have been trying to get healthier with our eating choices, but it can get overwhelming! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. This is an awesome post - we are starting to research a lifestyle change in our household and that includes shopping and eating healthier foods. I definitely am checking out this website - thanks for sharing!

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  11. I love that site!!!
    Isn't it amazing what people don't realize about their food????
    My step daughter who is ALL about healthy stuff told me about the milk - I'm not a fan of milk, but it made me feel better about using creamer in coffee :) - natural creamer... the flavored stuff? Ever read the ingredients - YIKES! I use it very sparingly.

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  12. I've heard of this site before, but I haven't checked it out. thanks for breaking things down even more. I knew about 2% milk, but I had no idea about bagged cheese, eek!

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  13. Great info and tips! I've been wanting to switch over in some areas (fruit and meat) but having trouble getting the hubs on board since it's more expensive!

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  14. I have that what to buy organic pinned. Super helpful tips here, girl!

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  15. I think I have heard of that site before but never looked way into it! This is such a helpful post Katie and some of this stuff (like the bagged cheese) I had no idea about!

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  16. Wow - I've never heard of that site but will definitely be checking it out! Very useful post, thanks for the info!

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  17. ooo thanks for sharing! I have been looking through the site- good stuff!

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  18. I've always been grossed out by shredded cheese, so thanks for confirming why!! Can you taste a difference in organic?? I've always wondered that...

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  19. Love this - I've been eating mostly organic for years, but the dirty dozen are necessity to buy that way!
    These are phenomenal resources and information :)

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  20. Now I never want to buy shredded cheese again thank you so much for that kick in the butt! I switched over to almond milk it lasts so long and has no cholesterol in it which is helpful for my lovely genetic hand I was dealt!

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  21. Totally skipped the cheese paragraph on purpose haha. I love how some people thing ALL organic = the way to go, when half of it is a huge waste of money. Thank you for posting the "dirty dozen" list!

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  22. so interesting post, i don't know this chees
    kisses

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  23. interesting... i think we eat fairly healthy, however there will always be a better option, unless you are like completely vegan. i don't buy block cheese because i havent found one i like yet as much as the cheese i like at home, so we buy shredded bagged cheese which now i am seriously grossed out about. i wish we could cut down on cheese though, it's not terribly good for you. as for produce.. man i am so bad about organic stuff... and we buy so much of the 'dirty dozen' that now i feel really bad haha. but i guess, not organic is at least better than pizza and mcdonalds, right?

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  24. I recently stumbled upon it too and hubby and I have talked about a few ways to incorporate some of the tips. I just learned that oranges are dyed too so that they look more appealing - so many things have food dye, it's gross!

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  25. Very eye-opening! I don't like buying cheese in the first place (ideally I would like to be vegan I just haven't made the plunge yet) but I thought I was doing okay buying the better and/or organic brands. I'll definitely be more on the lookout for cellulose and try switching to block cheese!

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  26. I try to buy organic when possible, but I bought organic sour cream the other day. It was HORRIBLE! I though it had to be expired it was so bad. I just was not a fan. Thanks for sharing that website though, always looking for new ideas!

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  27. oh my gosh. I had no idea about shredded cheese! that is crazy! I'll have to check her page out. Thanks for sharing!

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  28. I love that site and get a ton of recipes from there. I had heard the shredded cheese thing when I went to the Jillian Michaels tour and it seriously grossed me out!
    ~Elise @ highheelsglitteringeyes.blogspot.com

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  29. EWWW! I had nooooo idea what that chalky stuff was on my bagged cheese. that is so gross!!!
    Thank you for sharing all of this girl, so incredibly helpful!

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