Keeping it Simple

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At the beginning of each new year there seems to be a lot of discussion about healthy eating, dieting, and exercise methods. We’re hearing the words “gluten-free” more and more these days. Do you know where gluten is found? Gluten is a protein composite in wheat, barley, rye and spelt. Gluten is what helps hold together bakery items such as breads, rolls, and buns. Many of the food items we consume every day may contain some form of wheat flour such as in: bread, crackers, cereal, and pizza. Many frozen, prepared, and processed foods contain flour binders. Do you read food labels or look for foods that are gluten free?

I’ve also been hearing things about the Paleo diet. Paleo is short for Paleolithic and is sometimes referred to as the “caveman, Stone Age, or hunter-gatherer diet.” This diet is known as a modern, nutritional plan based on the presumed ancient diet (of wild plants and animals that may have been consumed) during the Paleolithic era. Those that follow the “Paleo” diet seem to mainly eat fish, grass-fed meats, eggs, vegetables, fruit, various forms of plant roots, and nuts.

I’ve seen many testimonies that those who follow a gluten-free or Paleo diet feel better and have more energy. Have any of you experienced this?

All-in-all, keeping your ingredients simple is not only a healthier choice but more cost effective as well. As always, to get the most bang for your buck when it comes to buying weekly groceries try, to buy fresh produce in season and in bulk (if the unit price proves to be the best deal). It’s a good idea to stay along the perimeter walls of the grocery store. You’re most likely to find your food “staples” there such as produce, meat, dairy, and breads.

How do your feed your family healthy foods on a budget?

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2 thoughts on “Keeping it Simple

  1. I’ll admit that the LAST word to EVER leave my lips is”diet”. But a couple of years ago, due to finances, I had to put a stop to eating out & other convenience-type foods. I began to cook & bake everything my family ate. Some days I make a game out of it and create meals based around any fresh fruits and veggies that are going bad in an effort to waste nothing. It’s been fun playing in the kitchen finding out that I can very easily make applesauce, preserves, spaghetti sauce…..once I even made tomato preserves (big hit with the kids & they had no clue they ate tomatoes on their PB&J!) I have found that the whole family has started to look (& act) healthier. I even managed to lose weight in the process! I really do believe that the less “extra” ongredients found in something…the better it is for you. Reminds me of something I heard w-a-y back…. K.I.S.S. = Keep It Simple Stupid.

  2. Thank you for these posts. My head spins from hearing “Don’t eat this, don’t eat that, your going to die if you eat that, and on and on.” I home cook most meals, “fresh is best”, garden and can. I do this for my family. I will never expect others to do because I said so :-> I do appreciate that nutrition labels that reveal how much sugar and salt is in food.

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