Today is October 1st. A great day to start my Bee Healthy Challenge. Today I start STEP 1: 7 days of Real Food. Who will be participating? Me and my 2 boys (they don’t have much choice do they!). My husband is a busy practicing attorney and he is making small healthy steps each day. My hope is that he will see the benefits and want to join in along the way!
Here are the Rules for WEEK 1: 7 Days of REAL FOOD.
Real Food is food which truly nourishes. It is true and actual food, not artificial.
In other words, these are whole foods that are rich in high quality proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals. Nothing PROCESSED or PACKAGED.
Fresh Fruits (no canned fruits, frozen allowed)
Fresh Vegetables (no canned vegetables, frozen allowed)
Nuts and Seeds
Cultured Dairy Products (sour cream, yogurt, kefir).
Dairy Products (milk, butter, cream, cheese, cream cheese, cottage cheese)
Whole Grains (Wheat, Quinoa, Millet, Oat, Spelt, and others whole grains)
White Rice not BROWN (less phytic acid and arsenic than brown rice)
Meat (grass-fed or organic if possible)
Sugar (in cooking and baking)
Healthy Oils (Coconut Oil, Sesame Oil, Sunflower Oil, Olive Oil, Grape Seed Oil)
Honey, Maple Syrup, Natural Sweeteners
Coffee (made fresh)
Wine/ Beer (try to limit)
Homemade Bread or Fresh Bread from a Bakery (5 ingredients or less)
Ice Cream (5 ingredients or less) or make Homemade Ice Cream
Basically anything that comes from a bag or box!
Soda, Juice, Gatorade, Capri Suns, juice boxes, any flavored or sugary drinks
Artificial Colorings and Flavorings
Pasta Noodles (unless homemade)
Packaged snacks, cookies, crackers, granola bars, chips, fruit snacks, etc.
Fast Food (of any sort) and Eating out
Canola Oil and Vegetable Oil
Processed Food of any kind (includes lunch meat and bacon)
No pre-made items (dressings, canned soups, canned sauces, canned anything!)
5 INGREDIENT RULE: If there are more than 5 ingredients on the label, put it BACK.
I will provide meal plans, tips, and ideas for dinners and quick lunches on the go. A big part of eating REAL FOOD successfully is having a plan in place. Food preparation is KEY to making this work. Meal Planning is also a big part of accomplishing this challenge.
Remember this is only a 7 Day Challenge! You can do it! Once the week is over, you can decide which real food eating habits you want to continue to practice as we move onto the next step. Hopefully most of them
~Green Boot Girl
Next week (Step 2): 4 SuperFoods