Did you know you have food rules?
You have food rules whether you realize it or not.
Some people are concerned about one thing and not concerned about another.
I'm going to tell you what concerns me. That does not mean that your priorities have to be the same. It's just one example.
And hopefully it gives you food for thought to get you thinking about what is the most important to you.
The more that I read the more strict but I become about food additives. These are non food ingredients as simply don't belong in food. They are typically added to make food palatable while being cheaper and more shelf stable.
And I have to also admit that the more that I learn and go along this route the more that I have to become okay with spending more money on my food.
I've never had a problem spending money on food. Obviously budgets are real. But every time I've ever grown or picked my own food I thought, "Dang this is really hard and I'm not complaining about how much berries cost from now on."
Same goes with food additives. Unfortunately to use real ingredients and have a high turnover of quality product made in small batches that can be bought before it goes bad... costs more than adding crap to the food that makes it taste good while preserving its shelf life.
It's just the sad truth.
I've heard people argue that it's cheaper to eat simple foods but it's not always the case.
Sometimes it's true. Rice and beans bought in bulk and made from scratch (dry beans, not canned!) is a damn cheap meal.
But if you're talking about cheese and meats it's honestly more expensive to buy the higher quality stuff then the lesser quality stuff.
But this is your food. This is your nourishment. This is what is growing your children's bodies.
So while I care about how processed an item is... and I care about weather or not it is organic.. and there are a lot of things I care about...
The truth is that I can be a lot more relaxed about those things when I'm being a real stickler to avoid food additives. And the beautiful thing is that even if you choose ONE thing to be strict about, the others typically go hand in hand.
If you're eliminating food additives you're avoiding most the process stuff as well. And vice versa.
Comment below and tell me what your food rules are!