Our family chooses to eat a mostly whole-foods, plant based diet. This means we're basically vegans, avoiding many processed foods but not 100% of the time.
If that weren't complicated enough Damien's body is sensitive to gluten and corn foods. Which eliminates most foods sold on supermarket shelves.
The main reason for eating this way is because we want to give our bodies the best nutrition for longevity (and in Damien's case, not feel discomfort after meals) and raise our children to be healthy. Additionally, this diet is consistent with our values of sustainability, simplicity and stewardship of the earth's resources.
I give a longer explanation, though a shortened story nonetheless, in this comment; which is a response to a reader's question.
Here's a few posts about how and why we eat the way we do:
Healthy Food Philosophy:
- Tired of Making Changes That Don't Seem to Make a Difference? (guest post at FIMBY)
- My No-Nonsense Strategy for Picky Eaters
- A Family's Switch to a Nutritarian Diet (guest post at FIMBY)
- The Whole Foods Market Diet
- Our Family's Food Guidelines
- True Health Care Reform
- Economics of Eating Local
- Gluten Free ~ Kinda, Sorta
- Stocking the Larder Locally
Menu Planning and Kitchen Work:
- Kids in the Kitchen ~ What's working this season in our home
- Salads Even in Winter (perhaps especially in winter)
- Winter Whole Food Snacks
- Going Paper-less in My Kitchen ~ Digital Recipe Storage
- A Peek into My Summer Produce Spending
- Spending Less Time in The Kitchen (And Menu Ideas for Winter Suppers)
- Menu Planning Download (& a Sample Weekly Menu)
- Tools for a Whole Foods (Plant Based) Kitchen
- A Summer CSA Menu Plan
- Time I Spend Cooking
- Managing Your Kitchen and Your Child's Education (my post at Simple Homeschool)
I'm thrilled to share my first e-book all about meal sized salads. After eating a meal salad most days for years I finally decided to share our experience to encourage other people who want to do the same. Click the graphic below to read more.
People often wonder, what do you eat? Lots of good food. Here's a few recipes I've shared on the blog over the years. I hope to add more as time allows.
One pot meals are my modus operandi in the kitchen. Gourmet? No. But healthy, fairly easy and complete meals served in a bowl.
Some of these meals are on the more "processed" end of the whole food spectrum. For example the baked beans have ketchup and maple syrup. I prefer to cook with real whole food ingredients, tomatoes vs. ketchup and dates vs. refined sweetners. But everyone is at a different point on that spectrum, especially if just starting to transition to plant based eating.
If you have any questions about the recipes feel free to contact me.
Dessert, Breakfast & Snacks:
A healthy dessert can often be eaten for breakfast or a snack and vice versa.
Smoothies, Slushies & Drinks
Salads, Veggies & Sauce:
Extracts & Herbal Remedies:
Once a week we're out hiking, camping or backpacking. You can find those recipes at Backcountry Recipes. Many of them work just as fine at home.
Recommended Resources, Affiliates, and Blogs:
- Designed for Wellness - Lisa has some amazing resources, "helping busy moms take great care of themselves".
- Real Food Matters - My mom, Karen, writes about real food nutrition.
- Kidoing! - Get Kids Doing (in the kitchen). A family focused whole food, plant based diet perspective.
- 30 Day Vegan - An e-course run by Heather at Beauty That Moves.
- Dr. Fuhrman - Our food guru.
- The China Study - Some of the evidence we base our dietary decisions on.
- Health Starts Here - The Whole Foods Market health program. Totally on the money, in our opinion.
Favorite Recipe Sites:
- Fat Free Vegan Kitchen - Sinlessly delicious.
- Oh She Glows - Glow from the inside out
- Meghan Telpner Nutritionista - the Undiet
Cookbooks (print and e-book):
There's a bunch of cookbooks out there, here's a sampling from my personal cooking experience and trusted recommendations for other vegan cooks.
- UnDiet: The Shiny, Happy, Vibrant, Gluten-Free, Plant-Based Way to Look Better, Feel Better, and Live Better Each and Every Day!
- Raw Energy: 124 Raw Food Recipes for Energy Bars, Smoothies, and Other Snacks to Supercharge Your Body
- Good and Easy Eats: A Wholesome Collection of Everyday Favorites
- Eat, Drink & Be Vegan: Everyday Vegan Recipes Worth Celebrating
- The Vegan Table: 200 Unforgettable Recipes for Entertaining Every Guest at Every Occasion
- Bake With Dates: Natural, Healthy, Vegan Recipes Made without Sugar
- Vice Cream: Gourmet Vegan Desserts
- The Garden of Vegan: How It All Vegan Again!
- The Veggie Queen: Pressure Cooker eCookbook & The Veggie Queen: Vegetables Get the Royal Treatment