Food is the Best Medicine – My Definition of “Healthy” Food

Food is the Best Medicine - My Definition of "Healthy" Food

Think of Food as Medicine

Some of the things I want to help educate you with on this blog is how you can cook with REAL ingredients and make simple, delicious meals for yourself and your family.  If you have food allergies or other food restrictions, I want you to see that there’s a world other whole out there of food alternatives other than the gluten-free section at the health food store.  Honestly, most of the food in that section is not healthy at all and it’s expensive and doesn’t taste very food.  The food alternatives we suggest here actually taste good, are easy to make and you would actually want to make them even if you didn’t have to.

Now that I don’t have food allergies, I still eat the recipes I have on the blog every day because they taste good and they are healthy.  Even though our family can eat normal white flour, I still don’t have it in the house.  Who needs it when there are great alternatives like spelt flour, garbanzo bean flour, coconut flour, almond flour, quinoa flour, etc.?  My children are children though and they do eat their fair share of unhealthy food – but not nearly as much as they used to.  Food is the Best Medicine - My Definition of "Healthy" FoodWhen they see mommy eating hummus or quinoa, especially our younger children naturally want to try it and, most of the time, they love it.  I believe there is something inside us that really likes healthy food and really wants it but since most people have eaten unhealthy food for so long, those feelings get squashed and instead you crave unhealthy foods.  I am human though and like to eat out but I try to do the healthiest option I can find.  I will have white flour if there isn’t another option but I haven’t eaten fast food in about 10 years now and I plan to keep it that way!

One of the diet plans I recently discovered is the Paleo Diet.  When I first learned about it, I had to laugh.  It is almost exactly how I have eaten for years because of food allergies but I didn’t know I was following a certain diet.  I think the Paleo Plan has some great things to it, although it’s not for everyone, and it’s hard to eat that way all the time but I definitely think that if you’re in to alternative food, you should consider trying some of the recipes because they are delicious and healthy.

What Do I Mean By Unhealthy Food?Food is the Best Medicine - My Definition of "Healthy" Food

What do I think is the most unhealthy food that Americans eat?  Preservatives and anything man-made that doesn’t naturally occur in nature.  Sure, this means that most of the prepared foods in the grocery store are unhealthy and are a fast ticket to being fat and having lots of problems.  But that’s why we have this blog – to help you find alternatives and replace things in your diet like soda, high fructose corn syrup, and MSG.  If you are what  you eat, it is important to your well-being to find the time and energy to eat healthy.  It’s really not that hard once you get over the hump.  You will start to feel so much better and that makes it much easier.

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  1. Ally says

    I’m just starting my healthy eating journey and it’s all so overwhelming! I’m glad I found your blog! Thanks for the post :)

  2. Katee says

    I absolutely agree, especially with your reply to Diana’s comment. It is easy to feel completely overwhelmed when you begin to understand how unhealthy so much of our food is. Our family has been working on improving our health by improving our diet for about 18 months now. It is awesome now to see how far we have come, but at first it seemed like a nearly impossible task. I say just start somewhere and do the best you can with the resources you have. Eventually you find that you have made more progress than you ever thought possible.

  3. Bailey Dexter says

    Great read! My family never eats any processed food, we make everything and I am also gluten free. Loved the info!

  4. Dianna Thomas says

    So as you know its been a little bit of six months on this– we are still having issue like going with friends and trying to stay on the straight and narrow– but all in all its working– Ulcers are almost gone– lost of fat off the body, self esteme is up. So it does take work alot of work– but with your help we are making it into a life style not a diet. Thanks for the help.

  5. Dorothy Teel says

    Thanks for sharing this post with us, it is hard at times to remember that changes can be slowly made and not drastic and that the body needs proper nutrition to function and at times we will fail and eat foods our body does not need. BUt it is important to get back on track and our children frequently copy what we as parents do.

  6. pamela says

    I totally agree! this is what I’ve been saying all along! I’m so happy to have found a kindred amongst you! will be visiting your site often! :)

  7. Jessimer says

    Thank you for your no fuss approach to “healthy food”. So often I online, in the grocery stores, and on television all of the gimmicky “healthy” approaches to food that are all too often just plain wrong, over-priced, and unhealthy. I was not raised to believe that food was my medicine, but since growing up and having a family and health challenges of my own I have come to rely on food as my healer. I really enjoyed your article and I can’t wait to check out the rest of your blog.

    • says

      Thanks for your kind words. It’s kind of scary putting myself out there and I’m glad you appreciate it. Comments like this make it all worth it . . .

  8. Danielle F says

    What a lot of people don’t understand is that MSG is in SO MANY THINGS! The words “natural flavors” = MSG. My natural doc gave me a list of what MSG means and it’s a full page with multiple columns. The best way to eat cleanly is to eat fresh.

  9. geekbearinggifts says

    I have the time, now I need to find the energy to shop for and cook the things that will help us grow stronger and healthier. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Diana says

    I love this and the way that you explain everything. I have been trying to get my family to start eating healthy, not so easy because my husband is an over the road truck driver and he is not going to take the time to read ingredients and about the only place he can shop with his semi is Walmart. I try to buy all organic and non gmo verified.

    • says

      With a lot of this, I would just say to do your best. For me, there are kind of levels of eating healthy. First, cut out all the crap, like preservatives, fake stuff, MSG, frozen food, fast food, soft drinks, sugar, etc. That will get you a long way. Then work on organic, local produce, grass-fed meats and milks, etc. then take it a step farther and eat the really good healthy stuff like cod liver oil, homemade meat stock, Ghee, animal fats, free-range eggs, etc. Basically, whatever you put in is what you will get out. Being on the road is REALLY hard. I used to be allergic to almost everything so I learned to bring everything I needed with me. For traveling, I love canned chicken and salmon with some homemade mayonnaise. Then supplement it with some fruit and veggies and maybe something a little unhealthy so he won’t feel deprived, like some relatively healthy chips. Traveling is really hard. I used to feel like I was a prisoner when traveling. All these places to eat and I couldn’t eat at any of them. I remember once trying to cook a grass-fed beef patty in a George Foreman grill at a rest area but the cord wouldn’t reach from the table so I had to hold the darn thing up there. So not fun but hey, I lived and repaired my gut and now it’s not so bad. I feel like eating healthy frees me instead of holding me down. Wow, that was a long reply but I’m just trying to encourage you and let you know that anything is better than nothing and give it some time. I’ve had to learn to make time for cooking three meals a day and prepare ahead of time. Sure is a good thing it’s worth it . . .

  11. Dianna Thomas says

    ok so– this is a good start–This is one of things I need greatly to keep in mind as its fuel–and get out of my comfort zone–thanks– back to reading

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