I was going to start with ‘when I first discovered whole foods’ but that’s not really a thing is it? We don’t ever discover whole foods, do we? They’ve never been hiding. We all know about whole foods, but it’s including them or really, making them the bulk of our diet, that can be hard at first. Probably because so much of the food at the supermarket is so far from whole-food- state it’s ridiculous but I’ll save that rant for another day.Let’s say when I first started increasing the wholefoods in our diets, I thought that the more I had the better. If there was a superfood out there, I had to have it. My son dinners, and he was just on purees at the time, had to be a combination of every vegetable and bit of goodness I knew about. My breakfast smoothie literally contained about 20 ingredients – All. The. Whole. Foods. Everything I could find.
I was totally overcomplicating it and making it stressful, which I now know it definitely doesn’t have to be!
Making Wholefoods achievable
Now my definition of a whole foods diet is a lot simpler – eat real food as much as possible. Food your great-grandma would recognise as food. Food that was once living, or which grew in the ground. It’s really that simple.One thing that has really only become clear to me in the last year or so is that when it comes to whole foods, there’s really no such thing as ‘bad’ food. The closer we can get something to its natural state the better.Snacks used to be something I struggled a bit with.
Snacks used to be something I struggled a bit with. For me, a snack has to seem like a ‘treat’ but still be easy & quick to make (#mumlife). I have to be honest here, I can’t really get through an afternoon without some sort of chocolate – Enter: my pep-me-up smoothie!
I literally have this every afternoon. Yep, I guess you could say I have an addiction but it’s just that good! Imagine a mint slice in a healthy, smoothie form with all the good fats and a bit of protein to get you through the arvo. It’s my little reward/something to look forward to in my arvos too.
Claire Cameron runs the website Claire K Creations where she teaches overwhelmed mums how to declutter, simplify and organise all aspects of life for more enjoyment, more time and less stress. She is also the co-author of two children’s whole food eBooks Bub Grub (weaning) and Crawler Cuisine to Toddler Tucker (6 months +).
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