If my goal is to simply make you feel normal, it seems like I may be succeeding.
People are grateful to see what I really eat and feed my kids, and I’m so glad I shared a “food diary” for a few days.
You’ve also heard what a longtime reader felt like when she learned I would visit her house – a lot of unnecessary worry, I assure you.
But don’t we all feel a little this way? A little inadequate, with excuses at the ready?
I’m excited to share some more REAL “Real Food Diaries” over the next week to ten days, from generous readers who tracked what they ate for 3-5 days and shared their full food diary, cheats and all.
Today I’m honored to host Laura, a homeschooling/unschooling mom of 2 kids, ages 7 and 5. Here’s how she introduced herself:
“We eat most of our meals at home, and when we know we’ll be out and about for a while we pack snacks like larabars, nuts, or fruit. We eat together at a restaurant on an average of once a week, and if I have my pick we still eat fairly healthfully when we eat out. We are so fortunate to have many local restaurants which serve fresh food from local farms here.
This food diary is what only I consumed over the course of a few days. My kids eat more snacks than I do, and my husband, although cooperative and understanding with our meals at home, doesn’t share my commitment to eating real food. He grabs a cheap (unhealthy) lunch out almost every work day.”
Laura’s Food Diary
- Dinner 7:00: Grass fed burger patties, avocado slices, and organic red potatoes mashed with lots of grass fed butter, sour cream, and chives
Monday (out and about)
- Breakfast 8:30: Spaghetti squash, organic spinach, goat cheese, and 1 cup of organic fair trade coffee
- Lunch 3:00: I ate lunch out today; my husband stayed home from work with the kids and sent me out on my own for a while! Shredded pork sandwich with pickled onions, pepper relish, and cheese on sourdough bread
- Dinner 7:00: homemade ramen noodle soup with homemade chicken/pork broth, wheat ramen noodles from the Asian store, organic chicken, and chives
Supplements: ½ tsp fclo, 2 tbsp, probiotic / Water: xxxx
Tuesday (home all day)
- Breakfast 9am: 2 homemade cornbread muffins with grass fed butter and local raw honey, 1 cup of locally roasted coffee
- Lunch 2pm: local trout, local organic arugula, and white rice with grass fed butter
- Snack 4pm: (when the kids weren’t looking) slice of homemade yellow cake with real buttercream frosting (this was leftover in the freezer from my birthday a few month ago!) and a glass of raw milk
- Dinner 7pm: local pastured eggs, homemade whole wheat biscuits (freshly ground, but not soaked flour), local pastured pork sausage
- Snack 9:30pm: half a leftover biscuit and a slice of cheese
Supplements: 2 tbsp collagen, ¾ tsp fclo, probiotic, cell salt bioplasma / Water: xxxxx
Wednesday (out of the house most of the day)
- Breakfast 9:00: (Hurry up, we’re going to be late!) 1 slice of homemade whole wheat bread (freshly ground but not soaked) toast with grass fed butter, and 1 cup of locally roasted coffee
- Lunch 12:30: cucumber and cream cheese sandwich
- Dinner: (I manage a farmers market so I spend every Wednesday afternoon/evening outside with the farmers, and usually buy something to eat from them for my dinner. Everything sold at this market is from within 100 miles of my town and is grown/produced sustainably or organically. I love it!) Raw organic pimento cheese, whole wheat baguette, radishes, a homemade pickled pastured egg (sans food coloring), and a beer.
Supplements: 2 tbsp collagen, allimax (garlic extract, my family is fighting a bug), fclo, probiotic, cell salt bioplasma / Water: xxxxx
A Surprise Lesson!
When you document something and collect data, you usually find something you didn’t expect. In this case, I’m not sure Laura expected to learn something about her eating habits:
I think Laura deserves a huge pat on the back, because there are so many great meals, well-sourced food, and recipes made with care on this food diary. I’m glad she had that piece of cake so I don’t have to wonder if she’s a real person! I am blessed that my husband has come over to the side of taking control of his own health, but it took a while. I had to boil him slowly. But there’s always hope!
Thanks so much for sharing, Laura!
Up and Coming
Other readers also sent in their food diaries, and I’ll be publishing the best ones coming up:
- The Gluten-Free Balance with a WAHM of Four
- Vegetarian Transition with Two Incomes and Two Kids
- Vacation with a Pregnant Mama of 5 Boys
- Busy Schedules with a Teenager, Late-Term Pregnancy and Picky Eaters
- What Other Real Food Bloggers Eat: 4 Kids in Alaska and One Mom’s Whole30
Now it’s your turn!
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