A Complete Guide to Guidelines

A few years before my husband & I started our Real Food journey we received a pamphlet in the mail from our primary care doctor. The blood test taken during his yearly wellness visit revealed a slightly elevated cholesterol level. That handy, dandy pamphlet – appropriately titled “Guidelines to Lower Your Cholesterol” – was supposed to help us make dietary changes to do just that.

This pamphlet had good information, but just got filed away. Sound like a familiar story? Most Guidelines just tell you "what to do" but not "how to do it". The articles on this Blog will be different. So stay tuned!

This pamphlet had good information, but just got filed away. Sound like a familiar story? Most Guidelines just tell you "what to do" but not "how to do it". The articles on this Blog will be different. So stay tuned!

Needless to say, I glossed over the pamphlet. (Yeah, yeah . . . I get it . . . do this, don’t do that . . . nothing we don’t already know, etc.) Then I promptly filed it away, and frankly forgot all about it until I needed a literary device for this article. Note to self: Sometimes it is good to hoard useless pieces of paper :-)

I’m sure everyone gets similar pamphlets that meet the same fate, or perhaps you just toss them out right away. And this fear churned in my mind as I wrote the Real Food Guidelines. "What if this gets lost in the shuffle with all the other well intentioned information floating around the blogosphere? YIKES!! That will really suck because I meant this to be helpful, not useless."

It seems to me that Guidelines lack the intended impact if they focus on "what to do" and fail to tell us how to implement these pearls of wisdom into our lives. So I realize that for this Blog to be an effective resource for your Real Food tool box, I need to give you the complete picture - both the what and the how.

And I’m going to start with a series of three articles – one posted each week – where I'll discuss how to use the Real Food Guidelines to start your journey. These articles will provide more context and help you better understand how to incorporate this information into the framework of your lives.

So over these next few weeks, I’ll share my strategy for grocery shopping, a time management technique of batch prepping (as opposed to batch cooking, which will be a separate article later on), and offer some budget-friendly ideas. Each article will have a “Call to Action” in the form of a mini-challenge, which will be a perfect opportunity to apply these concepts and let us know how you did. If you are a Real Food newbie, these mini-challenges may be better way to make this transition than a long-term, all out 30-Day (or longer) Challenge.

I am so excited to finally get my Blog underway and be able to guide you along your way to “Getting Real”. In the meantime, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to post them below or use the nifty Contact Form. Please stay tuned, and by all means, Keep eating Real!