We decided as a Clan to begin eating simple, fresh, local food with as little processed food as possible. All of the time. What that means to us may be entirely different to another, so I will explain our “standard”.
Simple means as little prep as possible beyond washing (a necessity) and maybe slicing/dicing. We aren’t excluding cooking/boiling/baking, but want it to be in the simplest state that we can stand to eat it. Fresh means, well, fresh! Local is in the region that we are in. We are currently in Alamos, Mexico, so tomatoes, cukes, greens, and most common veg are available, but also we are experimenting with nopal, a part of cactus commonly used here. Fruit is a little more limited and as I have a lot of fruit eaters, we have to purchase items from beyond the borders of this region to other areas for apples, bananas, pineapples, etc.
The trickier part that came into consideration was processed food. We don’t want to be dogmatic about diet – on the contrary! We want to simplify! BUT, we like to use olive and coconut oils, black olives, and a very few items that I obviously can’t produce at home and are known to be healthful. So, our standard for processed food is, “the least amount of processing of items we find important to our wellbeing”. If it can be eaten fresh, that’s it. If I can’t reasonably make it or prep it while traveling (oils, meats, salts) we purchase the best quality, least processed option available to us.
So, 5 days in, how are we doing? Great! I have lost 4 pounds (one of those pounds was due the assistance of an intestinal parasite!), my daughters harsh acne is clearing, everyone is more energetic and has a better attitude. After the first 2 days, the focus on food started falling away, which for my kids is a big deal. A couple of my children have food issues, namely gorging and hoarding, and this is a big step in healing these emotional hurdles and they are excited to overcome and feel free.
Are all of my children on board? No. Only one is not enjoying the experience, even though he was involved in the decision making process and was in agreement. He struggles with behavioural issues and while he enjoys the food itself, doesn’t want to participate in simple and healthy lifestyle changes. Unfortunately for him, he is the minority and was outvoted in this, so he will have to live with it for now…
Ultimately, we seek freedom from the emotional ties and the time constraints that we have succumbed to in our relationship with food. To not have a relationship with food and just let it be what feeds our bodies would be the ultimate, although unlikely, outcome!