We’ve been so excited about getting this blog up and live for a long time – it’s something that we’re both extremely passionate about and feel that the world needs to be educated on!
We’re both young twentysomethings who’ve been concerned about our health for a long time. But, it wasn’t until recently that we decided to make “The Purge” of our kitchen and boot out the crap foods from our lives (The Purge consisted of 3 garbage bags and 6 grocery bags).
And a lot of people think we’re crazy.
So consider this first post an answer to everyone out there who thinks we (as in ALL real food freaks) are on a one-way road to the madhouse and thinks nutrition’s for chumps!
Why Was the Switch to Real Food Right For Us?
“I’ve always been an extremely logical person who’s always cautioned towards the side of traditionalism. When people have outrageous ideas or theories, I usually nod along and keep quiet. That’s why it’s probably weird to everyone I know that I’ve gone all hippie. Oh yeah, and because me giving up pizza seems like the least likely thing ever (I haven’t actually given it up [link to Panda Express/Pizza Hut post]…)
“I don’t need to go into all the detail here (more story on About Us), but I’ve always wanted to be the in-shape, 6-pack wearin’ stud that turns heads. I’ve always been athletic, but I’ve also always been overweight. Even when I played volleyball in high school, I weighed 250 pounds without much muscle on me.
“I got really confused about nutrition when I lost a bunch of weight, only to realize only half the weight I lost was fat (link to about me), and the other half who-knows-what. I probably wasn’t healthy even though I weighed less than ever before.
“I searched for more answers until I began reading about Real Foods. I learned how what we eat nowadays actually causes cancer, infertility (the wife was trying to get pregnant), hormone imbalances (screws you up in trying to manage your weight), digestion problems, nutrient deficiencies, muscle and bone loss, and about a bazillion other crappy things nobody wants. And, of course, it makes us fat more than anything.
“I never knew that food could cause all that stuff (well, except the getting fat part… duh), and I knew I wanted to be healthy for the long haul. I’ve often reflected about being one of those older people who could still play basketball with their kids and take care of themselves at 80. I found the answer, and I’ve never felt better, more energetic, or more optimistic and healthy than ever before.
“P.S. I still don’t have the 6-pack, but it’s coming along… slowly. I’ll keep you updated.”
“My dad has always been into eating the real foods way, so this concept is NOT new to me. I just never really listened to my dad when it came to nutrition because as a teenager that’s just about the last thing you care about. I really wish I had.
“Fast forward to early 2013. I’m married, in my late twenties (not too late, mind you), and have been trying to have a baby for about 18 months. After talking to doctors and having my blood drawn, taking vomit-inducing pills twice a day, and no more success to speak of, I did something that my husband thought was crazy.
“He thought I should keep doing what the doctors said, but only because he knew of no better alternative. I told him I wanted to see a holistic doctor who also happened to be a family friend. After a single visit, I was convinced. Not only did the stuff he was saying make sense to me on a logical and common sense level, but it just felt right, too. I remember leaving his home office with a new outlook and more optimism than I’d had in a while.
“Now came the REAL challenge . . . convincing Cameron to live this lifestyle. The man who is literally obsessed with pizza, orders $10 of food from the Wendy’s value menu, and jumps at any chance to eat out. He takes more pride in his ability to eat than in almost anything else.
“Long story short, Cameron is pretty logical and so I dragged him to my next appointment to hear it from the doctor himself about eating Real Foods. I found a couple of books for him to read and I let his logic take over.
“And whaddaya know, after we both committed to eat better, I got pregnant literally the next month. In my mind, we were probably close to getting pregnant, but our diet switch pushed us over the top. After all I’ve read and learned about Real Foods, in no way do I think getting pregnant then was a coincidence.
“It wasn’t just getting pregnant that convinced me either. I feel a lot better, I have more energy, I’m more even tempered (well as even tempered as a girl can get who’s pregnant). I find more joy in cooking (where there was none before), and love the journey of working towards eating a better diet with my husband.”
One final word about our brand, Eat Real Stay Sane.
We’re two of the most laid back people you’ll ever meet.
We love to just hang out, go with the flow, and have fun with friends and family. We hate getting uptight about things, and we’re usually just optimistic and happy.
So for us, it’s INCREDIBLY important that we stay that way.
We feel that if we switch to Real Foods, but we’re anal and nose-up-in-the-air about it all the time, then that’s a net loss. We want the best of both worlds! Basically, we’re trying to stay sane while doing something that most people think is crazy.
So you’ll definitely see that common theme as this blog matures: we’re trying really, really hard to eat unprocessed, natural foods, but we’ll also share our story about how we keep our lives real and semi-normal, too.
When we go out with friends and family and everyone wants to go out to dinner, we’re not going to be the people who say we can’t because they don’t use coconut oil to cook their food. That’s the idea behind the stay sane part of our brand.
Why did you switch to Real Foods? What was the hardest part? Let us know below!