How Did You Get Started with Real Food?

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Did you have a health crisis, minor or major?

Did you have children and suddenly become an amateur nutritionist because you realized that little life was depending on you?

Did you grow up with real food and never knew any different?

Laurie Neverman of Common Sense Homesteading and Kate Tietje of Modern Alternative Mama and I were "hanging out" on Google Plus last week, just figuring out how to use the platform and chatting about blogging, parents, life with real food…and we decided to "go live" for a few minutes and talk to you all about our transition to real food.

I love hearing others’ stories, and I hope you do too!

If you can’t see the video above, click HERE to view it on YouTube.

At the end of the video, we talked about the Ultimate Healthy Living Bundle and our books spotlighted in it. One of the coolest parts of this bundle is the Coffee Table Conversations, a 12 week online conference where you get to listen to a small group of authors chat about a certain topic, then participate in a private Facebook group all week with the same authors.

I figure this video is a little bit like what you might get out of that conference, so we sure hope you enjoyed it! When you download the conference talks, you’ll also be able to have audio-only so you can take them with you on a walk, working out, in the car, or wherever. (I love that part.)

I can do that with Google hangouts, too…but I haven’t quite figured it out yet. Winking smile I’ll actually be hosting a monthly hangout for you to watch/listen to starting in January, and by then I’ll have it down!

What you want to check out this weekend:

While you were hopefully hanging with family, you may have missed some activity on KS:

  • Check out my thoughts on all the books (and freebies) in the bundle deal HERE. **ends Monday, December 2nd!**
  • Here’s the scoop on the Coffee Table Conversations.
  • Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal from all my favorite bloggers and natural living partners HERE. (various expiry date)
  • Fun natural living giveaway (~$100 value) through Thursday!

Disclosure: I am a partner with Ultimate Bundles, and as an author, I’ll get a portion of the sales from this site. 25% off the top is going to one of four great charities for this round though, which is awesome!!

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9 Bites of Conversation So Far

  1. Susan says

    Thank you for offering the giveaway! My own health issues have started me on this “real food” journey. I had to make a lot of changes at once due to food allergies…and the more I learn the more I realize needs to be changed. I have to keep reminding myself…one step, one step, focus on one change at a time. It can feel overwhelming. Your site inspires me. Thank you!

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  2. Cathie says

    We discovered that my son has corn, rice, and soy allergies, in addition to nuts. So I started reading labels, and my mind was blown! I hadn’t realized how pervasive corn and soy had become. Through research I found blogs like yours, and lots and lots of helpful information. Thankfully I’ve always enjoyed baking, because I spend a LOT of time baking from scratch now. My friends think I’m a little over the top, but I get the willies thinking about our tainted food supply. We eat very little outside of what I prepare.

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  3. Jennifer says

    I grew up with real food…baking, gardening, canning, etc. I can’t say that with my busy life as an engineer and a family, that I never cooked with convenience foods, but nevertheless, I cooked. And I’ve tried to teach my children how to cook, as much as they will let me. In 2009 at the age of 42, I was diagnosed with Celiac disease. Since then, my 24 year old son and 14 year old daughter have both been diagnosed. I was never so glad of my “real food” roots as I have been while learning to re-invent many of my favorite foods to be gluten-free. It’s amazing and troubling to me to find there are so many people who don’t really understand how to cook or the basis of the food they eat. So, bravo to you for being one more resource.
    P.S. – regarding your “chicken breast” post – I suggest discussing how to cut up a whole chicken – or at least provide a link – there are good ones out there. One can easily get 2 breasts with ribs, 2 drumsticks, 2 thighs, 2 wings, and the upper and lower back pieces. The back is edible but bony – best for making stock. Same with wing tips. It’s pretty easy to debone a thigh – and can be used to substitute for breast meat.

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    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Hmmm, that’s probably a good point about the chicken breast post – but it’ll have to be a link to someone else b/c I’ve never done it an am TERRIBLE at cutting chicken of any kind!!
    *grin* Katie

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    Helen @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Alton Brown is always my go-to for instructions! I LOVE his show Good Eats:

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  4. Karen says

    I grew up with real food, temporarily bought into some of the “convenience” when I was single and working full time. I abandoned what little processed food we used when I became a stay at home mom, partly to save money, mostly because it tasted better. Now it’s political.

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  5. says

    I’m loving the ebooks (and how can you beat the deal from Trilight Health?!). I can’t wait for the coffee table convos.

    My journey to real food started out as wanting to eat more organic foods, and spiraled from there. I love to learn everything I can about eating better. Now that I have a daughter, it’s especially important. I’m so happy I started my journey when I did so I could give her the best start in life.

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  6. Rebecca C says

    I started on whole healthy foods because of black poop! Too much information? My second baby wouldn’t nurse and I had to pump and eventually give some commercial formula, and his poop was scary black sludge with the formula. I found a homemade formula recipe (I had never imagine I could make baby formula) made with whole foods and took off from there. By the way, after that the poop went back to naturally milk fed baby yellow color. So much better. I made more small and some larger changes over time. We are on a great track now and when I finally get my own garden and chickens next summer I think we’ll be 100% there!

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    Helen @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Is it ever TMI between moms? I have heard black can be old blood, meaning blood along the digestive tract. Sounds like you fixed it right up!

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