Visit the Real Food Face-Off Introduction page for a full list of all the participants and the complete list of possible questions. Each week, only a handful of the contenders’ answers will be posted here.
Week Two: Rachel vs. Wardeh
|Rachel at Titus 2 Homemaker is a faithful KS reader and participated with some knock-out recipes in the October Fest Carnival of Super Foods. She has a deep “green” side, isn’t afraid to ask the tough questions, and is clearly planted in her faith. Titus 2 contains verses about being a holy homemaker.||Wardeh at GNOWFGLINS has inspired some of my best “easy new recipes” of the year. I don’t think I’ll ever raise goats like her family does, but I truly enjoy “listening in” on their increasingly Nourishing Traditions lifestyle via her blog. Her adventures in sourdough and basic recipe series have been excellent.|
Below are the answers to some real food questions, in the bloggers’ own words:
1. How do you describe the way you eat when someone asks you to define your food?
|We try to eat whole foods as much as possible, and I don’t prepare any biblically “unclean” foods. (As far as “normal” foods go, that means we don’t eat pork, shellfish, or certain fish. ‘Though when we’re at someone else’s home, we eat whatever is served.) Really, it’s as simple as that. We don’t “soak” (as a rule), don’t have any major food allergies, aren’t vegan or vegetarian, etc. We do try to get lots of protein and healthy fats in our diet. Or, to put it another way, we follow the three major principles in What the Bible Says About Healthy Living: eat what God created for food, eat it in as close to its original form as possible, and don’t make any food or drink an idol.||The title of my blog says it all. We embrace GNOWFGLINS – “God’s Natural, Organic, Whole Foods, Grown Locally, In Season.” I’ve got a great video that shows my family’s vision for what good food really IS at: http://gnowfglins.com/what/|
2. What was/is your major incentive for living a real food lifestyle? (How did you come to eat the way you do?)
|I’m not sure! I think it just sprang from the belief that if God created our bodies, and God created all of the things we use as food sources (sources of real foods, that is!), then He probably has a pretty good idea of which things are best for our bodies, to keep them healthy. Obviously, nobody wants to be unhealthy, so from there it was just a natural progression to eat what God seems to consider good food.||Initially, we started eating better because we were desperate! My son Mikah exhibited horrible eczema from the day he was born. Changing to real food (and discovering an egg allergy) cleared his skin right up.|
3. If you only had energy for ONE make-from-scratch food, what would it be? Is your preference for taste or health?
|At this point, I can’t imagine nearly everything being not from scratch. lol At that point, it would definitely be a taste issue as well as health. But the number one have-to-have for me is fresh bread. That’s primarily a health preference, but the “why” would take a whole post!||I would make dairy kefir. I love it, and my family loves it. It is easier than yogurt, and more beneficial in terms of the number of probiotics. My preference is usually for health – but our food tastes awesome so no one complains.|
4. What food was your favorite that you no longer eat (or shouldn’t eat)?
|Donuts. I haven’t gotten ambitious enough to make them myself yet, and the storebought ones always have lots of hydrogenated fats.||I’ve always had a sweet tooth and I used to eat a lot of candy. Chocolate, taffy… oh, my favorite were those candy corns. But you know what, I don’t miss them at all, and don’t find myself craving them any more.|
5. What’s your favorite real/traditional food?
|Mmmm. Cheese. It goes with nearly everything, and it can really “make” a dish.||Dairy kefir! We do so many things with it. Not long ago, I wrote a post on 7 yummy uses for it – but I’ve found another, so now there are 8 yummy ways to eat kefir.|
6. What’s something you remain afraid to try?
|I’m afraid to try homemade mayonnaise, because I’m afraid of raw eggs.||I don’t think I’m afraid to try anything, at least not now. I used to be afraid of sourdough bread, but I got over that once I jumped into it. The hardest part of trying something new is wrapping your head around it and making the first step.|
7. What’s next on your list of changes to make?
|I want to try kefir – or some other cultured milk product besides yogurt. In the meantime, I’m experimenting with flavoring options for our yogurt.|
8. List your top 3 baby steps to move from a Standard American Diet to Real Food.
|1. Switch from table salt to a good sea salt. (This is not as significant a change as some others, but it’s really, really easy, so it’s a good “I can do this” step.)
2. If you use margarine or shortening, switch to butter or liquid oil (or coconut oil, if you don’t consider that a liquid oil).
3. Switch white flour products to half whole wheat (if you’re making your own bread, then use half wheat flour, if you’re cooking pasta, use half whole wheat, etc.)
Really, these are all simple enough exchanges that, for the most part, you could do them all at once.
|1. Choose naturally raised animal foods (meats, dairy, and fats) – the biggest bang for your buck right there.
2. Soak your grains, nuts, and seeds to deactivate enzyme inhibitors, neutralize phytic acid, and pre-digest harder components.
3. Eat more fresh foods, either as-is or lacto-fermented.
9. What does “eating healthy” mean to you?
|“Eating healthy” is eating foods that supply the nutrients our bodies need to remain energized and well-maintained. It isn’t “low fat,” “low sodium,” “low carb,” etc.||Eating healthy means asking a simple question about any food: how did God design this food to be raised and eaten? The more foods we eat this way, the healthier we’ll be.|
10. Biggest drawback of real food lifestyle?
|It’s getting harder and harder to find real food. It seems like everything is genetically modified, fed hormones, raised on chemicals, etc. So it can be pretty frustrating and discouraging sometimes.||Hands down, eating away from home. We prioritize being gracious, and therefore eat what we’re served, but we are not satisfied and we usually don’t feel well afterward.|
11. How important is organic food?
|Very important – and not very important. Organic is important for maintaining the ecological possibility of still finding real foods in the future. And, obviously, we’re better off without the chemicals and such when we can help it. But I’d much rather have non-organic real food than organic processed stuff (like organic boxed mac&cheese with white noodles).||Organic in the marketplace is not really organic – did you know that? Organic means “full of life;” commercial organics (for the most part) merely ensure a food wasn’t exposed to pesticides. Truly organic food is worth seeking out – this food springs from soil that is bursting with life-supporting organisms and nutrients.|
12. Best book recommendations?
|What the Bible Says About Healthy Living, The Cholesterol Myths, The Raw Milk Revolution (I’m reading this right now, and it’s great), The Schwarzbein Principle, Wholesome Sugarfree Cooking|
13. Number one tip you tell your blog readers about eating healthy foods:
|Keep it simple. Ask yourself a basic question about any food: how did God design this food to be raised and consumed? Then eat it that way.|
Now it’s your turn! I’d highly checking out both gals’ recipes, if not the rest of their blogs, Wardeh at GNOWFGLINS and Rachel at Titus 2 Homemaker. If you have any questions or thoughts about their answers here, get a little discussion going by leaving a comment.
These contenders came to real food while seeking God’s will. (WHOOPS EDIT: I mistakenly had the wrong “next up” bloggers here until Wednesday evening. The corrected on-deck gals are:) Kimberly at Hartke is Online! and Peggy at Local Nourishment were both seeking relief from health issues when they discovered real food and the changes it made for them.
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