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Real Food Bloggers Need To Get Real


I have plenty of family and friends who think I’m a bit over the top with my healthy living. They think I take things a bit far or question my sanity as well as the time I spend on certain things. But they have no idea the multitude of things I don’t do or choose

The biggest garden we can plant where we live.

The biggest garden we can plant where we live.

not to stress over. There is plenty out there that is bad, dangerous, toxic, healthier, better…that I am just not worrying over.
I can’t.
It’s not realistic for me to function like that. Or try to function, since I know I would never actually be able to function while doing the “best” of everything. We all have to determine what is best for our family’s personally and for us that is a mix of things.
But I do love to share knowledge of things I find helpful, healthful and interesting. I’m kind of a health and wellness nerd so what is interesting to me may make you fall asleep. Still, I try to share things that I think may improve someone’s health or give them great options. Or simply make them think.
But we have a serious problem with Real Food Bloggers. They seem to live in some counter-reality. I mean, I get that their lives are real and that there are others out there who live a similar life, but not the majority.
They write about the simplicity and ease of living a real food lifestyle and making everything you eat from scratch and anything you can’t make you buy local every other day….or whatever.
They have 1, maybe 2, kids and a nanny, housekeeper and enough money to blow on fancy gadgets to make themselves and their family even more healthy.
They live in California and have access to 40 different varieties of local produce year round.
Essentially they live a life that no one I know actually lives. And them singing the praises and simplicity of real food from where they are just makes it all seem unrealistic and unattainable. It is not actually encouraging people to improve their eating and make better choices. It is overwhelming them with the idea that somehow they are supposed to dive right in and find it so easy. It’s not easy and sometimes there are limits. Location, lifestyle, work, children, money…all potentially limiting factors. (Yes, money. Please, for the love of all things healthy, real foodies STOP saying things like, “If you think organic is expensive, you should try pricing cancer.” I LOVE Joel Salatin but that quote did not magically make money appear in my bank account. If you use this quote then you have no clue what it is like to struggle with money. You aren’t helping your cause. Just STOP.)
I am hoping to see more realistic Real Food Bloggers start popping up and sharing what they do and how they do it. People from all over with all different budgets and numbers of family members, talking about how they manage to make life just a little bit healthier for their family while not going mad. That’s a lot more real.


Author: leangreenmommy

Hi, I'm Sonia! I'm the mom of 4 wonderful daughters and wife to one amazing man, trying to live a healthier life, care for the earth and just survive the day. When I'm not cooking up new recipes in the kitchen or shuttling kids to soccer, volleyball and lacrosse I run an in-home daycare and am a freelance writer.

7 thoughts on “Real Food Bloggers Need To Get Real

  1. You are so right. I calculated that on a fully Real Food diet, it takes me over 3 hours a day just to deal with food – and that doesn’t include eating it! That is for a couple with no kids at home. I posted about it here: http://wp.me/p25oSj-7q
    Since then, we have been eating “mostly” Real Food, but with more shortcuts, such as purchased bread, and we’ve become vegetarians (but not vegans).

    • I love how you really broke down what you do in your post. You seem very organized. I do find that being organized and planning well can really streamline some of it. But I still spend SO much time in the kitchen and go through a lot more dishes than I ever did when I wasn’t making real food. I know it’s well worth it though. I saw you mentioned cooking beans. Have you started doing that yet? I do it and freeze them in can-sized portions. Then they are grab-n-go ready. πŸ™‚

  2. Bravo for such an honest post! I couldn’t agree more. I have found the more I’ve embraced a plant-based diet, the more judgment and criticism I’ve encountered from within the veggie community (“Oh you should never eat tofu” “You have to avoid all gluten” “all organic is a must”, etc etc. I have 3 (somewhat picky) kids and a semi-reluctant husband and I’m getting everyone fed the very best I can. Thanks for being so real and inspiring.

    • Thanks! It’s so hard when you try to make good choices for your family and certain groups or people tell you it’s not good enough. It can be overwhelming and I wish they realized how they are just putting people off, NOT helping them. I have some picky-ish kids too so I know that added challenge. Keep taking great care of your family! πŸ™‚

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