TREAT DAYS & OUR TRANSITON TO A WHOLE FOODS PLANT-BASED DIET

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When we married in 2010, we rented a tiny little one-bedroom cottage on a 15 acre farm in South Carolina. We literally crossed the threshold with nothing but the clothes on our backs, all so that we could simplify life and start our marriage on a fresh plate. We were really lucky to have a weekly farmers market that was held on the property because it allowed us to fill our fridge and cabinets with locally grown produce and really healthy snacks. We worked closely with food purveyors from our area and very quickly, our food choices began to change.

We started to look a little closer at our food, realizing we hadn’t even thought about where the ingredients in our meals were coming from, how the food was being handled or processed and the repercussions we’d face if we didn’t make the change. We grew up being fed scientifically altered food, but we couldn’t blame our parents, they didn’t know any better. It was time that we get educated and take action on our own.

In most areas of Europe, food products legally have to be labeled if they contain GMO (genetically modified organisms). This isn’t true in the U.S., where words on the back of products like “natural ingredients” represent a wide range of processed sweeteners, lab-produced flavors and colors, additives and preservatives. “All-natural”, “natural flavors”, “gluten-free” and other trendy words speak out to customers, but they often don’t go past the words and look at the ingredients lists where there are tons of horrible ingredients still in the products. No, having a bite of processed food won’t kill you, but eating a variety of it over long spans of time will deteriorate your health and make you more susceptible to disease. Obesity, diabetes, heart disease and other deathly conditions can be a direct result of bad eating habits.

Even the fruits and vegetables are being altered to last longer and supply the demand. We learned store bought tomatoes are majorly picked green, put into tanks of methane gas and layered with wax before being shipped to your local grocer. This means even a vegetarian going to the store is consuming chemicals and in many cases, GMO. A good simple rule is that if the fruit or vegetable doesn’t rot in a few days (as it should), think twice about eating it. Longer shelf-life is good for the producer, not the consumer.

When we visited a local orange producer in Florida, he said he doesn’t even eat his own product because the government forces him to use harmful chemicals and pesticides. He said that the state is actually moving more toward producing peaches and blueberries, which blew our minds. Our own parents have spoken about the way fruit, like the orange, has changed flavor and doesn’t taste like it used to.

The worst part about GMO, is that if even a strain of GMO flies in the air, lands in a family-owned farm’s field and is found, they are quickly either bought out or sued by big corporations. The bad guy’s intention is to shut down the good guys and control the seed production. If they control the seed, they control the food and the people. Farms who have been in business for generations are being eliminated for not accepting GMO and not many people are aware of it. So far, one company already owns and controls up to 90% of the world’s seed. Scary, right? It is up to us as individuals to stop supporting them and make better choices for ourselves and our families.

We learned 80% of all American grocery store food is genetically modified and that this may become the first time in two centuries that the current generation of children in the U.S. may have shorter life spans than their parents. Read the Article

For two months straight we said goodbye to all processed food and beverages, packaged food items, alcohol, fast-food, restaurants and more, so that we were strictly consuming seasonal fresh fruit, hearty salads, grains, a variety of locally grown vegetables and water. Instead of three heavy meals and snacks for the day, we’d eat as we were hungry, little bits at a time, kicking our metabolisms back into gear and rewiring our bodies back to their natural states. We spent more time in the kitchen than ever before and we created a new relationship with our food.

The Lills Treat Days and Our Transition to a Whole Foods Plant-Based Diet | Food

Each week we’d crown a day “Treat Day”, which at first meant to us “GO ALL OUT Day”. As we continued to eat organic, fresh, local food, our treat day choices began to change. All of a sudden the ice cream didn’t look as scrumptious, fries looked and tasted nothing like the potatoes from the local farm and candy wasn’t even a thought. Instead, we found great joy getting in the kitchen and creating incredible substitutes for our favorite bites. Check out some of our recipes here!

We realized we had been looking at the food from the outside, tasting and believing the unnatural flavors. With the changes we made, our energy increased, pains and aches vanished, we lost weight with no exercise and everything became clear. Earth produced the best food on Earth from the get-go. Humans, as usual, just took control and altered the psychology and physicality of it all.

One of the most important things we learned was about how a man named Max Gerson proved no disease can exist in the body if you create an alkaline state by consuming alkaline foods. Diet change is the key to everyone’s health and wellness, but it is illegal for doctors in the U.S. to tell their patients food is the cure-all and can heal you from the inside out. Pharmaceutical companies make so much money on drugs that have harmful side effects. They would hate for you to find out the truth. We know (thank goodness) through experience that once we moved our bodies into an alkaline state, we very quickly felt better, acted better, lost weight, and became naturally energized.

Today, we do a pretty good job at steering clear of junk food, refined sugar, soda and other highly processed foods, but we are in a transition to a completely whole foods, plant-based diet. While traveling cross-country in our VW bus, we have had a wonderful time bringing whole foods (fruit, veggies, salads, grains, etc.) with us and we continue to eat small bites throughout each travel day.

We will be honest, we have had a few more treat days than we expected while visiting super cool destinations, but we have not eaten at one fast-food restaurant during our entire trip. The video below is a great example of why it can be easy to say goodbye to fast-food. It explains the number one fast food chain in America has to de-gas their potatoes before they can dub them “safe for consumption”. Yikes!

Our goal, now that fast-food is in our past, is to stick to our one treat day a week, where we can celebrate and curb our cravings and work toward a completely processed-food-free diet. When we do eat out, we will continue to look for businesses who offer organic, local, fresh and non-GMO options. Really, the best tasting food is the kind that has been given care.

If everyone said goodbye to fast-food, gave less of their money to big corporations who produce harmful foods and put that money and energy toward whole food, plant-based and live foods, the demand would rise for non-GMO and the big boys would be forced to do right by their customers. We first, have to do right by ourselves for them to listen and even if they don’t listen, we can choose to support the purveyors out there, who are working diligently to provide unaltered, whole food and plant-based food options.

It is not an overnight thing, but the transition is an exciting one. By transitioning back to food unaltered, we can all get back in-tune energetically, keep ourselves from disease and enjoy happy, long-lasting lives. 🙂