Archives For March 2013

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A few of you have asked me what changes I made early on in my journey to quitting processed food.  In September 2012 I joined Weight Watchers (they have a nursing mom’s track).  I hit a plateau in losing my baby weight and didn’t know where to turn.  I was tired, a hungry nursing mom, and had no clue about proper portion sizes.  Some days I would eat a ton and others I would barely eat anything.  My metabolism was all over the place and I was completely addicted to sugar and processed food and realized that I had this addiction for the past seven years.

Just to delve into my addiction if anyone can relate, I would literally wake up in the morning thinking about food.  I would crave *Chick-fil-a sandwiches (they have almost 100 ingredients) and their lemonade that has loads of refined sugar.  I developed terrible habits during both of my pregnancies and craved either super salty or super sweet food.  I would indulge in the majority of my cravings, not really thinking about the effect these choices would have on my own body and my two year old son (at the time) who was with me every step of the way, watching me, and developing the same addiction as his mommy. Continue Reading…

If you live in North Fort Worth, it’s worth the drive down to Trader Joe’s every few weeks if you are looking for low price organic produce, dairy, dried fruit, frozen fruit and vegetables, nuts, etc…The woman who checked us out told me that people drive there from Oklahoma City once a month to stock up!  I used Lisa Leake’s blog post on what she buys at Trader Joe’s to help me make my shopping list.  Here is what I bought this weekend:
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Real Kid Real Food- Lunch

March 22, 2013

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I plan to frequently write a Real Kid Real Food post because let’s be honest, it is a little daunting to go from feeding our children mostly processed food to unprocessed, real food.  I love Lisa Leake’s definition of real food found here.  Today I’m going to talk about a few meals we feed our three year old son, Noah, for lunch.  Keep in mind that I stay home with the kids and we are on a budget.  Therefore we end up eating most of the same foods every week right now since I am fairly new to this journey and it is easier for me to be familiar with what I’m going to make each week since I’m usually running on little sleep and have tons of other things to tend to!  I pack his lunch two days a week for school so I try to be as easy as possible! Continue Reading…

Real Mom Real Food

March 21, 2013

Hi friends, I am so incredibly excited to share my new blog layout designed by my dear friend Tom Boto!  His wife Julie is one of my best and dearest friends and at dinner a few nights ago he offered to help me with my blog (since I’m not so tech savvy) and I said YES!  When he sent me my new set up I was completely floored.  So thanks Tom and Julie for believing in me and inspiring me to continue on this real food journey!

I chose the name Real Mom Real Food because I am just a normal, suburban mom trying to figure out how to best take care of my little family.  I also discovered that there is another amazing site with basically my old blog name:o)!  Check out Real Food Fort Worth and you will find some amazing places to get local, organic, unprocessed food.  I still plan to visit all of these places and report my thoughts back to you! There is also a facebook page that I found a few days ago called Real Food Fort Worth (it is informative and helpful too!)!  I am switching my facebook group name to Real Mom Real Food to not cause any confusion between the two groups. Continue Reading…

Sugar…ahhhh honey honey

March 19, 2013

The President’s Cancer Panel predicts that 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women – about 40% of the US population – will receive a cancer diagnosis at some point in their lives.*

I think those numbers are dramatic enough to make some major life changes, how about you?

A big change I’ve made in my kitchen over the past 6 months is eliminating all refined sugar products.  This was hard for me because I have a chocolate chip cookie recipe that I’ve made for years.  When I would have a bad day or ran out of things to do with Noah, we’d resort to baking those chocolate chip cookies together.  I’m a little sentimental and have memories of baking cookies with my mom throughout my childhood.

With any negative habit you are trying to break, it is important that you replace it with a positive one.  Cooking and baking with my kids is very important to me, so I found a replacement for my chocolate chip cookies.  Continue Reading…

Homestead Farms

March 19, 2013

If you know me personally, you know that I love Homestead Farms (4160 Keller Hicks Rd, Keller, 76244)!  Spending a pocket of your day there is good for the soul I tell ya.

*all photos in this post taken by my good friend Jessica Marshall

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Michael and Sarah (and their adorable daughter Samantha Jo) are committed to providing customers from the community with locally sourced items like raw honey, a small selection of organic produce, granola, free range beef, chicken, pork, eggs, and several other little treasures in their charming, earthy store which is open from 2-7pm Tuesday through Friday and Saturdays from 9am to 5pm.  Continue Reading…

Purpose

March 19, 2013

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My goal for this blog is to tangibly help others in my community find sources for real, unprocessed, GMO free food in North Fort Worth.  I’m on a journey, like many of you, to choose the best food for my family, and I plan to be very honest in this space and say that it has been a lonely journey thus far!  About six months ago I began making major changes in the food I purchase at the store and keep in my home.  My friends and support system over the past six months are all virtual.  Bloggers like Lisa Leake of 100daysofrealfood.com and Vani from foodbabe.com are lifesavers as I seek to understand the importance of being intentional about choosing the purest food for my family.

A few weeks ago I began to consider starting a facebook page and blog devoted to my own community, the place I live.  I began dreaming of a real support system rather than a virtual one.  Continue Reading…