Tuesday, March 2, 2010

28 Day Real Food Challange: Day 28 - Beyond Twenty-Eight Days

This is the last day of the challenge. Actually, I'm two days behind. Here's day 28 for some helpful guidelines from Nourished Kitchen.

It's our final day on the 28-day Real Food Challenge, did ya make it? For four weeks, you've received the daily emails: the discussions of traditional foods, of properly preparing the foods we consume to maximize nutrient density and now it's time to determine just how you'll use this challenge.


Will you expand upon what you've learned? Will you continue to focus on natural foods, prepared through time-honored traditions that maximized their nutritive value to your diet, or will you revert back to nutrition-less, prepackaged processed and refined foods?

For those of you who are committed to your journey, please read more about how you can get involved at Nourished Kitchen and if you'll miss the daily emails from the challenge, please consider subscribing to Nourished Kitchen RSS Feed. Moreover, in March I'll post easy video tutorials outlining the basic methods of preparing nourishing, traditional foods step-by-step and I'm inviting you to cook along with me.

Lastly, I'll leave you with some simple guidance to maximize what you've learned in the last four weeks. As always, thank you so very much for participating.

Day #28 Check List:

Your assignment for Day #28 is to determine just how you'll expand upon what you've learned here, but take these guidelines to heart.
  • Stay Natural & Unrefined. Eat only natural, whole foods in their unrefined state.
  • Avoid Modern, Processed Foods. Avoid processed, packaged, refined foods even those sold as "natural" foods. If you're great-great-great-great-great grandmother wouldn't recognize it, don't eat it.
  • Sour, sprout or soak. If you eat grain, beans, legumes, nuts or seeds, make sure that you properly prepare them to maximize your body's ability to assimilate their nutrients.
  • Love healthy fats. Enjoy wholesome, healthy, unrefined natural fats liberally - and especially on your vegetables.
  • Brew mineral-rich stock. Make homemade, mineral-rich broth and stock weekly, and consume it daily.
  • Eat grass-fed, pasture-raised and wild-caught. Eat meat, including offal, and make sure it's from a trusted source that relies on traditional methods of raising their animals: on fresh pasture.
  • Keep dairy raw and fresh. If you eat dairy, keep it raw or, at the very least, make sure it comes from grass-fed animals and is not subject to ultra-high-temperature pasteurization.
  • Get Your Good Bacteria. Consume naturally fermented, probiotic foods and beverages daily.
  • Get involved. Grow your foodshed and give back to the community. Fight for farmers and consumers rights and against the industrialization of our food supply.
  • Maximize nutrient density of your foods by preparing and consuming them with time-honored tradition.
Conclusion:

Real food is a real challenge in the 21st century. Our life today is different compared to what it was before. But there is really no excuse that real food has to be real food. I may already be familiar with this challenge before but I'm still overwhelmed because while I'm doing my part promoting whole foods, there are a lot of companies and advertisers, even chefs working together to get your attention so you can buy their product that comes with a label. There are so many of them out there. Although I am not against other wholesome products (good quality natural yogurt, for instance - how many brands do we actually have?), the public still needs to be educated about the truth. Aside from this blog, I'm still finding some inspiration on where and how to start.

There are also some ingredients that I need to keep. For instance, I need to keep some all purpose flour at home so I could it to make some gnocchi until I could find a better alternative. Although they are available in health food stores, would you still buy it if you're on a real tight budget? Sometimes I have to compromise and use whatever ingredient I have at home. And sometimes it's not practical to buy a healthy product online when the shipping and handling is more expensive than the product itself. Use whatever you have in your own country and work from there. When it comes to real food, there's always the practice of moderation, balance and flexibility. It's not going to be perfect and I don't have to do it perfectly.

This challenge is just the beginning. I still have a lot of projects to do, posts to write and recipes to cook.

Hope you learned a lot from this challenge.

Love and light,



32 comments:

  1. Well done for completing the 28 Day Challenge! That's such an achievement! Are you going to start a 28 Day Challenge To Lose Weight? :P

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  2. Well done! It has been a ride but a fruitful one. I am sure you have benefited many of us.

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  3. congrats! I did learn so much and hopefully, I can follow some of what you shared here. You should start writing your book now :)

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  4. @ MaryMoh - Thank you Mary but I don't have plans on doing a 28 day challenge to lose weight. :)

    @ Penny - Thank you dear.

    @ Mom-Friday - Thank you. Writing a book? Then you need to join me. :)

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  5. Congrats on completing this awesome challenge!

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  6. As always excellent tips and not accomplished frequently ;)
    Congrats for ending this healthy challenge, well done!

    Have a great week,
    Gera

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  7. Congratulations, 28 days is quite a lot!

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  8. Divina,
    You've done a great job and completely a series of 28 day real food challenge.
    I must say that once you try real, natural foods, you won't like to revert back to nutrition-less, prepackaged processed and refined foods. Although we need more commitment and sometimes pay more, it's worth it.

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  9. I've enjoyed your 28-Day challenge, and have learned quite a bit. I think the best part was learning about commonly misconceived notions such as eating animal fats and offal. Thanks for these guides!

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  10. You know, you are such an inspiration Divina - well done on the 28 day challenge!

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  11. It was lovely to ready all the 28 days, I was always waiting to see what was next. Great challenge.

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  12. Congratulations and good luck on the days ahead!

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  13. Congrats on completing this awesome challenge!

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  14. I have tried the controlled approach to eating but I guess I can't do it; I eat when I feel like it and whatever appeals to me at the moment; luckily I don't go for unhealthy stuff (unless you include chocolates)
    Nice info on your post

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  15. congratulations on finishing! i definetly learned quite a bit from your experience as well, thank you for sharing so much of it. it is a challenge, trying to buy some foods (unpasteruized dairy especially), and I think your right to pick up on the cost being a major issue in determining how and what we buy and consume. thanks for all of the posts :)

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  16. It sounds like a real eye opener Divina and thankyou for sharing your insights with us! :D As always you educate us and inform us :)

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  17. Hi Divina, I really admire your will n discipline to eat n live healthy everyday. I need u to remind me everyday :D

    I also just want to tell you that I have just tried the korean pancake recipe that u posted a while back. The one with mung beans and rice. Im eating it as I write this an d I have to tell u tt its fabulously amazingly wonderfully exquisite!!

    Right now I would really like to take fotos of it so tt Ican post about it but I cant stop eating it. I think ill just finish it off n make some more tomorrow for my blog.

    just know tt i'll be singing praises about it n u :))tq so much for healthy n delicious recipes.

    ive also subscribed to Dr. ben's site thanx to u. its great.

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  18. congrats divina and thanks for sharing this with us!

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  19. Congrats on finishing the challenge! I think you touched on an important thing, which is making healthier choices but not feeling completely limited (like using a little AP flour to make your awesome gnocchi). It is a constant balancing act.

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  20. Well done! Looking forward to your next project!

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  21. Congrats on finishing the challenge Divina, it was lovely, very informative. :-)

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  22. I loved all of these posts that you did Divina, congrats on completing this challenge. You are right, it really is hard to make sure you are eating "wholesome" foods at all times, especially here in the US you have to search high and low just for local farmers! And the high prices of good quality food is also a problem for many, some people just cannot allow themselves to pay $25/lb for pasturefed meat. So you are right, moderation and trying your best to place good quality ingredients into our bodies and ensuring that we are getting the maximum health benefits out of our foods. Thank you for doing this, you really have inspired me to become more aware of what I eat, how to properly soak beans and to eat better food all around. You are beautiful Divina :) Thank you for everything that you do!

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  23. Congrats and looking forward to more!

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  24. Congrats on finishing the 28 days! I know I would have trouble sticking with it. Your posts were very interesting to read and definitely are helping me to think about what I have in my cupboards that should be shipped out.

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  25. Congrats on completing that challenge!

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  26. Well done! I'm not terribly familiar with this challenge but what I've read now looks like such a great thing to get behind and support (with talking and with eating) :)

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  27. Congratulations on finishing the whole 28 days, Divina. It must have been tough at times but you made it look easy with every single post. Thank you for all of the valuable information you shared.

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  28. Kudos on finishing your challenge! Thks for sharing the interesting posts :) Cheers!

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  29. Congratulations on achieving your goal. You did an amazing job!

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  30. wow, you're finally complete the challenge. Congrats!

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  31. This is a little belated, but congratulations on completing the challenge. We try as best as we can to eat "real food" daily, and while it can be challenging at times, it's so worth it!

    BTW, I hope you don't mind, but I have given you an award. I find your blog very inspiring, and whenever I drop by, I feel as though I'm visiting my relatives in the Philippines. You can read what I wrote about you and my other favorite food bloggers here:

    http://kitchen-worthy.com/walking-on-sunshine

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