Sunday, March 3, 2013

Real Food changes update

It has been about a month since I posted about our changes to our diet. I thought I would give an update. So far we are doing really well and made lots of changes. Pretty much all packaged food is out of the house. I have been making my own bread, crackers, rolls, buns, etc, and the family seems to love the changes. Dh and I love that we have each lost between 7-10 lbs. AWESOME!

These are a few of my homemade goodies.  I can't make enough crackers. The kids eat them up. Great for snacks to send to school.

 I made hamburger buns one night. 100% whole grain, they were a bit heavy but soft and yummy! Definitely will do again.
I used this recipe with only a few changes.
1 cup warm water
3 tablespoons warm water
1/3 cup coconut oil 
 1/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 egg, beaten
3 1/2 cups whole wheat flour


Combine water, yeast, oil and honey; let rest for 15 minutes.
Add salt, egg, and flour to yeast mixture and mix well.
Roll out 3/4 inch thick and cut into 10-12 rounds.
Place rolls on cookie sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
Bake at 400-425 for 8-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Be careful not to overbake or they will be too dry. Every oven is different.

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I made this pot pie with a whole wheat biscuit topping and chicken and vegetables with a homemade whole wheat gravy sauce. It was super yummy.
 It has taken many not so yummy bread recipes to finally find a good one for my bread machine that works. I found it here. It is quite difficult to find a completely whole grain recipe that is not so hard and dense. This one is working well for us and goes pretty quickly.

Over all, some of the changes we have made so far are:
*from earth or smart balance to real butter from PASTURE raised cows.
*from skim milk to whole milk from PASTURE raised cows, non homogenized and low pasteurized since raw milk is illegal in KY. booo!
*Eggs from a local farmer that allows the chickens to roam free and have a mostly organic diet. (you would not believe the difference in these eggs if you buy store bought. HUGE poofy bright orange yolks and yummy!)
*conventional meats to pasture raised meats
*conventional to organic (as much as we can afford.)
 It's amazing how much organic stuff Costco carries! Who knew.
*Raw organic cheese, I find this to be a yummy change!
*Making my own baked goods, breads, crackers, sweets. (Although, my little Girl Scout did have to sell us some cookies we couldn't refuse!)
*Switched to using coconut oil for all my cooking and baking needs and Olive oil only for cold use like dressings. No other oils.
*from sugar to honey, pure dark maple syrup, or in very small amounts, organic coconut palm sugar.
*we have used whole grain flour for quite some time, but still was using some bread flour. Now only using 100% whole wheat organic flour.

Some of these were not easy changes with how much low fat diets are emphasized. But there are a lot of articles disputing some of the information out there. And considering we have been told to eat low fat for so long and obesity rates just keep going up and up, seems to me, it isn't working, not for us. So, I am willing to try something different, or maybe Old.
Luckily, there are lots of farms close where I can get meat and eggs from and I grow my own garden so will have access to PLENTY of my own organic raised fruit and vegetables! I will be preserving as much as I can this year!
I have to say, I am happy and so is dh to see the scales going down for a change, rather than being stuck or going up. It has given him the encouragement to get back to the gym more, I have not yet. It has been discouraging in the past to spend many hours going to the gym each week or walking in the hood with no visible results. This gives us the encouragement we need!

1 comment:

  1. That is great and just amazing that you can keep up to all this!!! Your food looks so yummy! Nancy