So you’ve found your way to The Whole Smiths, eh? Welcome! Over here at The Whole Smiths we don’t like to label humans based on the kinds of food we eat. We’re not “paleo” or “keto” or any of names we’ve created for diets that we try to adhere to. We’re human beings. And chances are you are too.
While those labels can work for food, they aren’t great for people. “What should we eat?” has become increasingly complicated and overwhelming with the plethora dietary advice available today. Our relationships with food, variations in dietary needs, preferences and tolerances along with the cultural ties we have to foods are far too complex for a broad label.
If you’re going to press me to describe my food preferences I’d say that day-to-day we eat high-quality animal proteins, lots of produce and minimally processed foods. We incorporate quality dairy products into our meals but not on a regular basis and some gluten-free grains (because I’m gluten intolerant and gluten sends my body into a tailspin).
I understand we all have different food tolerances and preferences and I will always label my recipes accordingly in order to help you and your family identify which recipes work best for your individual needs. But the days of a one-sized-fits-all diet for us are long gone.
With that said, our family will happily dive into some fro-yo after a soccer game and have regular pizza nights on a Friday. Not because it’s a “cheat day”, but because we’re human beings and those things are fun and delicious.
Health Doesn’t Need to Feel Extreme
Here’s the difference though, pizza and fro-yo don’t make up our all day, every day diet. We eat plenty of nutrient dense, whole foods throughout the week and can fully enjoy appreciate the times when we don’t.
Being well and healthy doesn’t mean you need to take an extreme approach to health. There is a vast amount of healthy between both ends of the spectrum. You just don’t see it portrayed in a flashy, eye catching manner in the media or in health and fitness circles. Let’s just say, it doesn’t make for great click-bait.
What Can We Do?
I believe we’ve outgrown stringent diets and at the end of the day the most important thing we can do for our health is learn how to cook and shop for whole, minimally processed, nutrient dense foods for ourselves and our families. Not to mention, learn how to properly manage stress and focus on developing a healthy and hearty mindset. To do that we need to educate ourselves on the kinds of food products we’re eating and get back in the kitchen and chill the f*&^ out. That’s where I step in.
Here at The Whole Smiths I develop easy, wholesome recipes that any home cook can replicate. Along the way, I’ll also share with you time saving tips, techniques and innovative, wholesome food products. Not to mention, I will explore concepts in mindset and wellness that go beyond food.
We Can Make a Difference
I feel that wellness begins with real food and not the processed food-like products that we’ve come to accept as food. Through education and demand we can shift our food system and provide higher quality foods for everyone regardless of income levels.
Welcome to The Whole Smiths!