Friday, April 04, 2014

A Crazy Post on the 'Whole Food' Phenomenon.

So I'm having a peruse around the blog-o-sphere and I happened to  read a post about challenging one's self to eat more whole foods at least once or twice a week.
I immediately thought, YES eat more whole foods! I should challenge myself to do that!

Then I started thinking about the meals I've had in the last week. They are as follows:
  • Fig & Prosciutto Salad with a balsamic glaze
  • Homemade Chicken Tenders with Rocket Salad
    (This is so easy. Just cut up some chicken breast and bread them and bake them!)
  • Pork Chops with Tomato and Avocado salad
  • Left over porkchops that Miguel turned into 'machaca' which is basically cut up pork with egg stirred through them and served with tortillas and homemade pico (salsa)

Now that I've actually listed out my meals, they look pretty 'whole' to me.
Does eating 'whole' mean not eating processed foods? Really, I’m curious. Educate me.

Anyway  here's my thought -- the above seems to me to be pretty normal run of the mill dinners. The only thing that might be a little weird is the fig salad, but I promise it's not even hard to make! Which makes me wonder, are you guys not eating this way too?

...and by this way I mean going to the grocery and buying some meat and some veg and throwing it together somehow. Isn’t this normal? If the answer is no, then absolutely everyone needs to eat more 'whole' and jump on the healthy bandwagon. Because you guys, eating processed foods all the time is so so bad for you! But surely you already know that!

I’m hoping that I don’t sound like a crazy woman, and you also think this ‘whole food’ phenomenon is a little bit crazy. Whole food shouldn’t be a ‘thing.’ Eating food close to their natural state should be normal…for you, for me, and for every person who has access to a grocery store. Obviously, I’m writing this from a privileged standpoint since I have a steady income and access to pretty decent food. I understand that there are plenty people who are living on small wages and can’t easily access good meats and vegetables, so thus need to rely on cheap, accessible meals. But that’s part of the problem too – McDonalds tends to be a cheaper alternative to feeding a family than going to the grocery store is. So scary.

I hope it’s clear that this post/rant is targeted at folks who are able to actually participate in crazy things like ‘whole food challenges.’

I guess what my point really is, is that challenges shouldn’t exist to encourage people to eat healthily for a short period of time.  People should be striving to eat healthily, regularly instead. When you challenge yourself to eat only whole foods for say a month straight, you are essentially trying to break a habit of eating bad foods, which is obviously great. However, once the challenge ends, it is so easy to slip right back into those original bad habits. I think what needs to happen is, people need to go to the grocery more often, fast food joints less and find a happy medium where good veggies exist in your life but you don’t feel guilty for having a bag of potato chips on a Friday night.

Moderation people. Healthy food people.

You can do it. I believe in you! 


  1. im totally with you on this. thats why me and the boy went mostly paleo since last october. eating organic and get getting grass fed meats is sooo expensive but in the end its totally worth it. your health is worth it!

    at this volume

    1. How crazy is it that good quality food is so expensive? But yes absolutely, you're health is important!

  2. I don't think a wholefoods challenge is a bad idea at all if it's helping someone to change their habits away from junk processed food towards fresh, nutritious and natural foods and learning to cook better. But once or twice a week does not sound like much of a "challenge"!