But I now realise, that since the birth of my daughter five years ago, there has been a slow and steady transition in our house to what is known as JERFing. Just. Eat. Real. Food. At last! I fit in.
So what is Real Food you ask? Here's the gist.
It is Real Food if:
- If it goes off/spoils
- If it does't need packaging
- It is has come from the earth or from nature - plants, meat etc
- It is not a supplement
- It does not need to be altered (bleached, treated with chemicals etc)
And why did we move to this way of eating?
- It is simple. No calorie counting, specially bought ingredients or expensive outlays and we could implement it ourselves.
- It is suitable for the whole family. I ain't got time to prepare different meal plans for different people. We all eat the same.
- We wanted to reduce our sugar intake. Cutting out packaged food is an effective way to do this.
- We wanted to have more energy. My husband works long hours and I am a mum (enough said).
- I was sick of being hungry. When I used to follow a low fat diet I was always hungry. Switching to full fat products and increasing my intake of other healthy fats means I am satisfied between meals and not reaching for the sweet stuff.
- We wanted to get more nutritional bang for our buck.
So has JERF delivered? Yes. For our family it has. The notion of Real Food has provided us with a simple tool to use when we do the grocery shopping to help us make healthy choices.
There was one other side effect of our JERF journey that I didn't see coming. We have a rather small pantry that used to drive me crazy, but now there is plenty of room for everything (see photo below). The fridge crisper on the other hand, is a completely different matter. ;-)
If you would like to find out more about how easy it is to JERF, then this article from the I Quit Sugar Team is a good one.