I am on a journey of systematically changing the way my family eats for the better.

I have a gluten intolerance and a soy allergy.  Over the last five years, I’ve learned the hard way that how I eat directly affects my health. I have an autoimmune disease, and eating clean keeps my symptoms at bay and helps me have the energy I need to keep up with my two kiddos.

I know there are many families like ours struggling to find the balance between feeding our bodies the way they need to be fed and the hours we spend prepping, washing dishes, and planning meals the whole family will eat and enjoy.

Our approach:

We failed a lot when cleaning up our diet. We went all or nothing and continually went back and forth between the two.  Eventually, I decided to take a different approach:  incremental upward change over time.

How we balance this with real life:

80% of the time I eat really clean. No refined sugar, very few grains (we do oats and quinoa), limited dairy, and lots of veggies and fruits.

About 20% of the time, I give myself room to breath for those times you just need to go out to dinner or want to celebrate.

Why Real Foodie Family:

Good food is important to me. It’s in my genes. I come from a very foodie family, so when I found out I had to go gluten free, I was bummed – really bummed – and I thought I would have to give up all the good things that come with good food.

I love great tasting food and the experiences it creates.  I love the gratification of creating something for someone else and enjoying it with them.

I soon learned how to navigate it, but gluten free isn’t very healthy if you just substitute wheat with another nutrient-poor flour. I learned that the fewer grains and less sugar I ate, the better I felt.

Why I blog:

This kind of change is hard.  It takes a lot of work, and it’s easy to feel alone and overwhelmed when grocery stores have one section for you and you have to rely on your waiter’s ability to understand your food restrictions so you don’t get sick that night.

Real Foodie Family is a corner to celebrate those little, hard-earned wins that can look so small on paper – but we know how hard you worked!

No food shaming allowed here; every step you take towards eating cleaner is a big win. A couple of missteps won’t ruin you – you can always reset.  Just get back up and keep going!