“The implication of the Price research is profound. If civilized man is to survive, he must somehow incorporate the fundamentals of primitive nutritional wisdom into his modern lifestyle. He must turn his back on the allure of civilized foodstuffs that line his supermarket shelves and return to the whole, nutrient dense foods of his ancestors. He must restore the soil to health through nontoxic and biological farming methods. And he must repair that “greatest breakdown in our modern civilized diet” which is the gradual replacement of foods rich in fat-soluble activators with substances and imitations compounded of vegetable oils, fills, stabilizers and additives.”
The Weston A. Price Foundation -Nutrition and Physical Degeneration
Here at Chiot’s Run the month of March and the Real Food Challenge was actually not much different than most months. We’ve been transitioning our eating to Real Food over the past 5-6 years. A container with a barcode rarely passes over the threshold here. There are a few areas we are working on, more seasonal and layering in more nutrients to each meal. That’s what we focused on this month and it has been great.
I also need to work on making more and more of our cheese, I make mozzarella all the time and have tried a hard aged cheese once, with a really really sharp outcome (good cheese, just super super sharp). I’d love to master the art of hard cheese making.
We also want to focus this summer on trying to fit more cold weather crops into our small garden space, which is a challenge since we don’t have space and the garden is shady so things don’t grow as quickly. I’d love to lessen the amount of canning I do and focus more on items that can be stored with minimal processing (sun dried tomatoes, dehydrated items, potatoes & squash that only need a cool spot). We also want to keep expanding our garden area so we can provide a little more of the food we eat.
Jennifer here – Two years ago my hubby was diagnosed with an off the charts triglycerides level. He was told that if he didn’t change his ways that he wouldn’t live another five years. Wow. Since then we’ve really started paying attention to the foods we eat. All “white” foods were removed from our pantry and cupboards. We added even more whole grains and olive oil to our diet, replaced beef with bison, and added more lean fish to our weekly meals. We also eat vegetarian meals quite often. Most importantly, we rarely eat out at restaurants.
For us the biggest part of this challenge has been to eat more locally and seasonally, as well as to replace store-bought processed grains. We’d already established a healthier eating pattern because of Hubby’s diet and this year’s garden will reflect that. I taught myself to bake a good loaf of bread, how to make pasta, and crackers. We reduced our trash by 50 percent and reduced the amount of boxed cereal eaten in our household by 80 percent.
I think most importantly we’ve found several new local sources for food to incorporate this challenge into a new way of life.
The month of March is almost over and the Real Food Challenge will be coming to an end. Most of us however will be carrying on trying to change our diets. We know that eating Real Food is something that we must do for our lifetimes, not just for a month.
Will you keeping up with the Real Food Challenge after the month is over?