I wanted to share with you a little bit about the food we choose to eat in our household. We TRY to stay balanced when it comes to our food choices, but we are always striving to do better. I want to share some guidelines we have found that work for us.
In our family, we use the street lights in reference to food choices. Green is great, yellow is to be eaten in moderation, and red is a no no. Yes, we have a toddler. This is a LITTLE glance of it…
Green Light Food…
- ANY vegetable! Preferably organic
- Any fruit. Preferably organic
- Lean, grass fed, organic, non-processed meat
- Organic Dairy in moderation
- Gluten free grains. Preferably organic
- Coconut oil
- Organic EVOO
Yellow Light Food…
- Chips, preferably organic
- Sweets without the artificial ingredients.
- Organic, non-gmo, processed foods with very little ingredients and no artificial sugar/color/dyes
- Soda made with no artificial sugar/color/dyes for a special occasion for our son
- Juice. Preferably organic and watered down. No artificial sugar/color/dyes
- Dark chocolate, preferably organic with no soy lethicin
- Iced and Hot Tea. Preferably organic
Red Light Food…
- Artificial dyes
- Artificial colors
- Artificial sugar
- Hydrogenated oils
- Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO)
These food choices are a result of many small steps that I have taken over the years. It’s a guideline we choose to live by. We choose food over other conveniences sometimes. I would prefer to eat this way than to own a closet full of shoes or drive an expensive car. It’s what I choose.
I’m not as interested in the labeling of foods I prefer to eat, such as paleo, healthy, or clean. Although the one thing I will never touch and haven’t since 2005 is gluten. I suppose that’s a label. Anyway, I just know what my body accepts and what makes me feel horrible. I’ve done the elimination diet and worked closely with my Doctors over the years to figure out what works for me.
I’m blown away at the marketing that is allowed to be put on our processed foods. When I crave it, I look for the FDA regulated organic and non-gmo project labels. If those labels appear then my next step is to read the ingredients on the back.
I’m not perfect, nor do I think anyone is. I do love to learn as I go and keep up with all the nutritional information and food trends.
I love the Maya Angelo’s quote that goes something like “when you know better, you do better”.
I’m grateful that I’ve had the chance to know how to listen to my body to figure out what foods work and don’t work. Also, to know that my body will change and so will my dietary needs.
Do you have any food choices or guidelines that have worked in your home? I would love to hear about them, so we can all learn together!
Thanks for listening!