M. and I eat pretty healthy, but his doctor told him he should make some changes in his dietary choices.
We took a closer look at what we were actually eating on a daily basis and decided to make a few alterations. I am happy to say we have done a good job sticking with our updated plan. Some of our changes include:
- Buying as many organic fresh fruits and vegetables as we can find.
- Eating grass-fed beef that has been ~ key word: grass finished as often as possible.
- Eating chicken, eggs, and pork that have been pasture raised.
- Limiting our sugar intake. (From what I have read, this is the source of a lot of health issues.)
- Very limited GMO products. (This was strongly suggested by the doctor. I am currently trying to learn more about these products. We have quite a few of those brands in our home, so we are gradually weeding them out and replacing them with the non GMO products. Just hope the information I find is accurate.)
- Limiting our portion sizes. We don’t want to eat as much as we use to, so smaller portions are our preferred way of eating these days. We will often eat on our salad size plates so it mentally makes us think we are eating more since we see a fuller plate. When we eat on our dinner plates we try to fill it up with fresh vegetables and a protein.
I have worked very hard locating local farms that raise the type of beef, pork, poultry, and eggs we desire. I must say, everything we buy from these farms has been delicious! Grass-fed-grass finished beef cooks just a little differently, and has a delicious flavor! It cost a little more, but the health benefits, the quality, and the taste are worth it!
We have learned to be very cautious and read labels. Not everything marked organic, natural, and cage free is the real deal.
Holleman Farms, Greenville, TX ~ An excellent choice for pork, chicken, and eggs if you live in Texas.
I have some friends who own a very successful ranch in Palo Pinto, Texas ~ the 2S Ranch. They continue to educate me to the value of “knowing your rancher” to ensure you are getting the best quality possible. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. If I lived in Texas, they would be my ranch of choice for beef.
M. and I will definitely enjoy a few splurges and understand we can’t always control what we eat outside our home. But, here is to continued success in reading labels, buying fresh, and knowing my rancher!