Today I bring you a food journal from Chandelle of Real Food: 365. Her blog is stunning, not to mention inspiring. And I really appreciate how she came to real foods for health and living. In her own words:
I live in Northern California with my family. I’ll be graduating this summer with a nutrition degree and I’m coming out of four years as a vegan. Veganism was initially healing for me, but basing my diet on whole grains eventually messed up my blood sugar and weight. Unlike a lot of real food advocates, I wasn’t impressed by Nourishing Traditions, but I’ve come to WAPF principles in a roundabout way through other sources and by my own exploration. I’m passionate about nourishing foods and native herbs. I plan to work from a community health perspective, emphasizing a traditional, DIY approach to these issues that supports personal exploration. I share recipes at real food: 365 and I also write at peaceful sedition.
Here is what Chandelle has to say about her food restrictions:
I can’t tolerate cow’s milk (even the raw stuff) but I do use raw goat’s milk from a friend’s goats. I avoid most commercial animal products, preferring to buy directly from the producer when possible. I limit my sugar consumption and have whole grains just a few times a week. The only meat I eat is fish (but not because I think meat is unhealthy – it’s just not my thing).
- 2 eggs (from a friend’s chickens), cooked in coconut oil
- steamed asparagus with butter
- 1 cup triple-certified, locally-roasted coffee (my weakness!) with raw milk and maple syrup
- 1 local apple
- spoonful of nut butter
- salad of local mixed greens with Herbal Vinaigrette
- scoop of Cultured Beets
- small piece of smoked wild salmon
- handful of soaked local walnuts
- 1 cup plain yogurt
- 1 T. local honey
- handful of frozen wild blackberries
- Masa Crepes with Rainbow Chard
- chipotle sweet potatoes with butter
- (my family ate soaked red rice with this meal)
- 1 grapefruit
- 1 cup of homegrown peppermint/catnip tea
Thank you, Chandelle, for sharing your food journal.