Starting it off right…

My month of eating real food started off at the perfect place this morning: ¬†The Real Food Cafe. ¬†It’s my favorite breakfast spot in Grand Rapids (MI), and it was a great way to start off the month. ¬†It was a bit earlier than I prefer, but the conversation, food, and coffee were fantastic as usual.

Time to get to the parameters of the month. ¬†We are going to keep this pretty basic, and we’ll tackle any issues (is this food allowed?) as they come up.

  • The focus is on eating “real” food. ¬†That means food my great grandmother would have recognized as food. ¬†This actually could be our only rule… as it rules out a ton of stuff!
  • All attempts will be made to stay away from processed food. ¬†The only processed food we will be eating is the kind we process on our own.
  • NO FAST FOOD. ¬†Thankfully, we don’t eat much fast food anyway. ¬†We will definitely be staying clear of it this month.
  • Lots of fresh fruits and vegetables!
  • Local meats are good, mostly as a side dish instead of the main dish.
  • Anything in our house is fair game. ¬†No, we didn’t go stock up on junk, quite the opposite actually. ¬†We do have a few things around that wouldn’t fit on the list…. but instead of wasting them, we’ll finish them off and be done with it for the rest of the month.
  • How we eat is important. ¬†We are going to try to relax, slow down, and enjoy as many meals as possible together as a family (and with friends).

Well, I think that about sums it up.  Anything I missed?