STEP 1 – Purge
WELCOME to FARM FRESH FOR LIFE!
Over the next few days you will be receiving our simple 3-step plan to help you eat well, get slim & healthy and be free from dieting.
Here’s the overview:
- STEP 1: PURGE – clean out the house & start fresh.
- STEP 2: SHOP & PLAN – Squeal! This part is fun!
- STEP 3: COOKING ESSENTIALS – Get prepared, get prepped, Go!
Today, let’s get started with purging.
In order to be successful, in order to make a change for life – you must have a plan – and a good one!
I have had 4 babies. I breastfed them until they were talking. I was a soft, squishy, mommy-teddy-bear for years. About 8 years ago I had had enough of being called, “soft and squishy” by my children. I joined the Y. I did Zumba. I even went on a carb-free diet trying to get back to that coveted mark on my bathroom scale.
Nothing worked. It didn’t matter how little I ate or how much I worked out. I couldn’t shake those extra pounds. I met with a coach to come up with an exercise and diet plan to get rid of those bastard pounds. Ya know what she said to me? She asked me how old I was. Then she asked me how much I weighed. Then she said, “This is probably your new normal.” I was 10 pounds above my pre-baby weight and figured I’d just have to settle for that weight for life. Ugh.
I was just as surprised as anyone when the weight fell off. The funny thing was, I wasn’t trying to lose it. I decided to eat only farm fresh foods from my own hands. I wanted to see if I could raise all my food. I ate real foods that I prepared. Food without ingredients (like eggs, bacon, and potatoes). Food without labels (like vegetables, steak and raw milk).
And I lost 12 pounds. TWELVE. I was back to my college weight and throwing away all my mom jeans.
I believe what happened to me can happen to anyone. When you give up processed foods… When you give up restaurants… When you give up sugar… You will not believe the change that happens to your body and your health.
- You will be slimmer.
- You will have more energy (after the sugar detox).
- You will be healthier.
- You will rid your body of toxins (like preservatives, additives, pesticides, chemicals, etc).
- You will break food addictions.
BUT, in order for all these amazing changes to happen. You have to sacrifice!
Your body is going to want sugar. It is going to want chips. It is going to want to eat convenient, sugar-filled foods. But you can’t cave! You are going to be strong! You are going to make a change! You are going to be free from food addictions!
Drastic times take drastic measures.
I am so sorry.
It is time to purge!
If you are serious about cleaning up your diet and getting your weight, health, and wellness under control – you are going to have to do some serious renovating –
…to your pantry.
It’s time to get rid of all the processed food in your house.
If it’s not in the house – you will be less likely to eat it.
This is especially lifechanging if you are a stay-at-home mom, wife or work from home. I am home a lot. When I am not at home, I pack snacks and lunch with me. I don’t eat out much at all.
When all of your meals come from your home and your home has nothing but healthy foods in it – you are going to be successful whether you want to or not.
Even on days when you want to eat garbage, if there’s no junk food in the house – you will eat scrambled eggs and avocados instead.
On days when you are shaking, and nauseated and miserable because YOU NEED SUGAR – if there is no candy, or cereal, or granola bars, or sugar in your house – you are more likely to be successful.
THROW THE GARBAGE IN THE GARBAGE!
Get rid of the processed foods. All of it.
This means the cereal, the oatmeal packets, the boxes of quick-fix dinners. Toss out the frozen pizzas, frozen meals, and flour. Purge the storebought bread, buns, rolls, and baguettes. Trash the sugar, fake sweeteners, corn syrup, soft drinks and bags of chips.
All junk-food goes. All processed food goes. All white bread goes. All drinks, bottled juices, processed sweetened yogurt must leave.
All processed oils need to go: throw away all refined oils- canola, corn, safflower, and vegetable (and any other processed oil you may have).
Read the labels.
If it has ingredients you don’t recognize (or ingredients that aren’t real food) – toss it.
You may not be left with much… that’s OK.
What you have left will be good foods.
You are probably thinking 3 things:
- What am I going to eat? Don’t worry, the next thing you are going to do is plan what you will be eating and go shopping. Which is so fun! Your house will be stocked with super-healthy options to make eating easy.
- What a waste of food! This was probably my biggest hang-up. When I cleaned out my pantry, I cringed at all the ‘food’ going into the garbage can. I have a couple of suggestions about this dilemma:
- It’s junk – it’s garbage – you shouldn’t eat it – toss it.
- Give it away. If you have junk loving-friends you could always bag it up and give it to them. I think this is kinda like giving an alcoholic a drink but it’s up to you.
- Feed it to the chickens. I know, it will make processed eggs – right? If it’s bad for us it’s bad for them, but if you want to toss it to the birds I won’t judge you.
- What are my kids going to eat? This is probably the hardest part. We are totally jazzed up and ready for change and excited to get back into our skinny jeans. The kids tend to like the junk. They don’t have quite the motivation we do for the change. I will tell you that they will enjoy many of the foods you are about to put in front of them (especially if you start making bread) – but they will still want the junk. At least, mine did. I curved the sugar-bug by baking them muffins or sweet rolls regularly (sweetened with maple syrup). And I keep plenty of kid-friendly snacks around for them to grab (dried fruit, dehydrated fruit, fresh fruit, nuts, seeds, kale chips, a variety of cheeses, etc).
As you probably know, I prefer to eat what I grow. As I write this, it is spring here on the farm which means our homestead is bursting with food. This time of year I buy very little at the grocery.
This does 2 amazing things.
- It fills us with farm fresh foods.
- It saves us a bundle.
Because there is so much to eat around here – I am foregoing any storebought foods for the next 100 days or so. My husband and children always participate too. It’s not that I FORCE them to eat only foods from our farm. I’m the one feeding them, so they are generally joining by circumstance. Plus, it’s good for them.
My daughter (16 years old) is especially excited that it’s spring and Mom’s not grocery shopping anymore. She loves eating foods we raise. She loves the cooking, the new recipes and the adventure of it all. As we were mentally listing the foods we have available to eat right now and planning our weekly menu she said,
“I’m happy I know how to eat. Because a lot of people don’t.”
She said it with a sweet spirit and a smile – she wasn’t being nasty or judgemental. She is thankful. She sees what most teenagers eat and is aware of the dangers of processed foods. And she is grateful to hold the knowledge she has. Knowing how to eat will serve her well throughout her life.
- She will know how to feed her future family.
- She will know what to eat during pregnancy for a healthy baby.
- She will know how to eat to lose weight after having children.
- She will know how to eat so that she can enjoy health for a lifetime.
Before you get too smitten with this child I should also tell you something else she said. I wanted a Derby Pie for my birthday cake. She loves to cook, bake and be in the kitchen. So, she volunteered to make the pie.
During the pie making she had to: (1) go to the chicken coop to get eggs (2) Get some wheat berries from storage (3) Get out the mill and grind the berries into flour.
As she was running around trying to make my Birthday Pie she said,
“Making pie is easy. The problem is you have to go harvest all the ingredients before you can make it.”
Making the switch to real food may be a little less convenient – but so is cancer.
It’s time to get to work! Clean out the pantry, fridge, and freezers. If it’s not real food – toss it. If it is real food – you can keep it. If you aren’t sure what real foods are – here’s an overview:
Real Foods at a glance:
- Grains: whole wheat berries, whole grains, whole corn, whole spelt, whole kamut, whole rye, whole oats.
- Dairy: Milk (raw or organic is best), raw cheeses, butter (raw or organic is best), sour cream (homemade is best), yogurt, buttermilk, cream, whip-cream (homemade & sweetened with maple syrup), etc.
- Meat & Eggs: any eggs, chicken, duck, rabbit, venison, beef, pork, fish, etc
- All Fruits & Veggies
- All beans, legumes, nuts & seeds
- Sweeteners: Real Maple Syrup, Honey, Molasses, stevia (the plant)
- Beverages: Any natural drinks, includes kombucha, juice (fresh is best, never with added sugar), milk, tea, beer, wine and any other natural beverage.
STEP 2 is coming your way shortly!