It's the end of our first week on the Real Food Challenge - and we're a quarter of the way there. We've cleaned up our pantries and picked up some nourishing foods. We started off the challenge taking a good, hard look at grains and learning how to properly prepare them through soaking, souring and sprouting - and we even ventured into milling our own sprouted grain flour. Your sprouts should be ready today, if they're not already, and you should be feeding your sourdough starter every day.
So for today, with one week behind us, it's time to sit back, relax a bit and evaluate our progress. What did you struggle with? Was it giving up the processed foods? Was it surrendering the not-so-natural "natural" foods like stevia and agave nectar? Did you struggle finding real-food-friendly meals to prepare for your family?
Examine what you've done, what you could have accomplished more effectively and what you hope to accomplish by the end of the challenge.
What to Expect Week #2: This week we'll touch on the proper preparation of nuts, seeds and grains, wholesome fats, the value of raw milk and we'll finish up that beautiful sourdough starter you've been growing and bake a beautiful sourdough bread.
So, don't forget to check in and let everyone know how you did during the challenge's first week. You might also want to visit your grocery store or health food store to pick up a few items for this week's challenges.
If you're on facebook, share your struggles and successes here.
If you don't do either, make sure to share your progress by posting a comment here.
Last-minute shopping ideas: This week we'll focus on nuts, seeds and legumes, wholesome fats, baking sourdough bread and celebrating raw milk. You'll also need to feed your family wholesome, real food so here's a quick shopping list of items you may wish to pick up. You don't need to pick up everything, but, when you shop this week, you'll have the opportunity to pick up a few items that suit your budget and personal tastes.