If you’ve been a reader here for any length of time, you know very well that I am passionate about real food. I ditched processed food years ago and have never looked back. Some of you may have found my site because you are on your own journey to kick those processed/packaged foods out. I understand that you may be completely overwhelmed at where to start. Perhaps you are just not sure it will even fit in the budget. Maybe, you are ready to give up before you start. I’m here to tell you, it can be done and I’ve got some tools to help you tackle the job right! (Oh, and don’t forget to check out these 3 posts in my ‘How To Ditch Processed Foods’ series, What Fats Should You Be Consuming, Choosing Healthy Meat, Dairy & Seafood, Healthiest Sweeteners).
I’ve been on a pretty tight budget myself for years, so I am quite familiar with taking on new endeavors simply because the budget won’t budge. I am also quite busy with 4 kids as a single mom and running my own business. So I know the fear of ‘how much time will this transition take’? I also can completely understand the concern of, ‘will my kids fall in line as I make these changes or will they baulk at the new food choices?’ I have been down that road and let me tell you it can all be done. Transition can happen, just take it all one day at a time. Had I been able to take advantage of some of the following resources during my transition, I would have jumped on the opportunity. Especially one like this where you get so many amazing books for so little.
Here are 5 books that would be a great support to anyone looking to get on the path to ditching the processed foods and keeping it real! I’ve read them all and have gained plenty of insight from each even after all these years. Take a peak at them – I bet you could use a few of these right now!
Thrifty Food Plan Experience / Millie Copper
Good health and good-eating can feel expensive but in Thrifty Food Plan Experience Millie Copper provides in-depth support in feeding a family of five on $172 per week, from a Weston A. Price Foundation dietary perspective. She provides 67 pages of thoughts, tips, and ideas plus a 2 week menu plan, over 40 recipes (and links to many more) to help you succeed.
(67 pages; PDF format; $8.95)
Off The Shelf / Kris Bordessa
Off The Shelf by Kris Bordessa gives you the tools to replace store-bought condiments, toppings, and snacks with healthier homemade alternatives. Complementing our products on giving up processed foods, these simple and beautiful recipes will allow you to say goodbye to food additives forever.
(43 pages; PDF format; $7)
100 Days of Real Food Challenge / Lisa Leake
A family with 2 young children in Charlotte, NC took a 100 Days of Real Food pledge. They didn’t eat a single ounce of processed food or refined ingredients for 100 days in the hopes that they would inspire people to follow suit. If you are new to a diet of unprocessed food, prepare to be inspired. Lisa Leake and the team at 100 Days of Real Food offer you meal plans, recipes, and tips to help you in your journey. They provide a quick guide to real food shopping as a bonus in this offer and have extensive free resources on their website for you to explore.
(73 pages PDF format; Bonus)
The Savvy Shopper’s Guide to Sustainable Food / Raine Saunders
Learn how to source health foods from sustainable sources, whether it is from local farms and farmer’s markets in your area, online merchants, delivery services, local grocery, or health food stores.
Learn to read labels, what to look for, what to avoid, and how to select and buy the best foods available for better health. Learn more about why supporting the sustainable food system is so important – and how it really can keep you healthy and feed the world.
(139 pages; PDF format; $24)
Nourishing Our Children
If you’ve heard of the dietary perspective of the Weston Price Foundation and wondered what it is all about, Nourishing Our Children: Timeless Principles For Supporting Learning, Behavior, and Health Through Optimal Nutrition from the San Francisco chapter spells out its philosophy in a beautiful and easy-to-read format.
The e-book provides dietary principles for parents to follow before and after conception, as well as recommendations on how to nourish rather than merely feed their children. It also covers the problems associated with modern processed foods and vital information about water and fluoride, traditional fats and oils, milk, soy, vital nutrients, and healthy meal preparation. (97 pages; PDF format; $20)
Don’t those all sound great?! And just think you get 48 more products in this amazing bundle for just $39.97!
To buy these and all the other great health titles in this bundle, click here to visit the Extreme Health Library page for more information.
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Lydia Joy Shatney is a certified Nutritional Therapist Practitioner through the Nutritional Therapy Association. Additionally, she is the chapter leader for the Weston A. Price Foundation in Delaware County, Pa. (Find the group here on Facebook). Lydia is also a member of the Nourished Living Network. Lydia founded Divine Health From The Inside Out in March of 2010. You can find Lydia on Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest. Sign up for the Divine Health From The Inside Out newsletter! Pick up a copy of Lydia’s eBook; ‘Divine Dinners: Gluten-Free, Nourishing, Family-Friendly Meals’.
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