I survived processed food generation (+ a Yummy Recipe)

I survived processed food generation (+ a Yummy Recipe)

I survived processed food generation (+ a Yummy Recipe)

 “Breaking news…this just in…

  • Bread is bad for you
  • Red meat causes cancer
  • Sugar makes people fat
  • Peanuts are bad, but almonds are good
  • Almonds cause nut-gut
  • Eat only plants
  • Avoid more than 20 grams of carbs per day
  • Fast during the day and feast at night

Rules. Rules. Rules.

We hear rules every day.

So many rules that we actually become numb to the rules.

Rules. Rules. Rules.

We hear rules every day.

So many rules that we actually become numb to the rules.

of all human time:

Meat and fish. Nuts and seeds. Healthy fats. Fresh fruits and veggies. Some starch. No added sugar. Lots of water. Chew your food really well. Enjoy and taste your food. Fellowship around your food—share meals with others. Eat enough to feel satiated, but not stuffed. Mix it up to get the most out of your nutrients. And know, that your next meal will be there (we are fortunate to live in a country where food is available).

Twenty percent of the time—let life happen.

Eat the cookie. Order the sandwich. Double dog dare yourself to try the sushi. Eat the banana instead of the berries if you really want it. And let your body tell you what it can and can’t handle.

The secret to the 80/20 philosophy?

Listening to your body.

Within your “20%”—do you feel constipated? Break out? Bloated? Sugar rush? Crave more to fill you emotionally?…Those foods may really not agree with you.

Do you feel…fine…(crickets, crickets)…then, by all means… Break the rules

Rules were meant to be broken.

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In light of my ‘banana’ conundrum…here is a new spin on my old standby favorite “banana pancakes”: Fried Plantains! (Make it a meal with pulled pork for a Cuban Instead of making up our OWN rules—based on our OWN bodies (and what foods they can and can’t tolerate), we CLING to rules, and by default, end up letting those rules become part of us:


We introduce ourselves in this way, as if “paleo” or “vegan” or “AIP” was our middle name.

News flash: It’s not.


I used to feel morally ashamed if I so much as thought about eating a banana (“the high sugar fruit”) or heaven forbid, a sushi roll (grains, ah!!!!)—Things I “shouldn’t” eat because of all the detrimental side effects.

I really had no idea exactly what would happen if I did…but I determined in my mind that it wouldn’t be good (if anything, I’d feel “guilty” for going against the rules).

While the rules of what I considered to be “good” and “bad” changed—depending on the diet philosophy I followed or that was popular at the time—that darned, stinkin’ feeling of guilt and shame around what I ate was constant if I bucked the system.

Then, one day, I ate the banana.

And then another day, tried a little bit of rice.

And I discovered that the obesity, and heart disease, and cellulite, and flab, and, leaky gut, and brain fog, and other ill-side-effects that I feared…did not happen.


Looking back on it, I now chuckle at the laundry list of fears I had around food for so many years.

Like that monotone announcer’s voice on the commercials for medications on TV,

the laundry list of scare tactic side effects played in my head on repeat if I so much as THOUGHT about any food passing down the hatch.

“May cause…

  • Leaky gut
  • Cancer
  • Alzheimer’s
  • Obesity
  • Weight gain
  • Sluggish metabolism
  • Allergies
  • Constipation
  • Bloating
  • Poor gut flora
  • Heart disease
  • Etc.

Disclaimer: Given the state of our physically unhealthy society at large, there CAN be very good reason for folks to be educated on the side effects of a steady diet of cheeseburgers and French fries (see my recent post on The Dairy Myth, for instance)…

But for the 75% of women who struggle with some form of disordered eating or thinking…we NEED A REALITY CHECK.

And here it is:

You (and I) survived the Processed Food Generation—and we lived to tell about it.

That’s right.

Say it loudly.

“I survived the processed food generation!”

Meaning: Your body is ONE tough cookie


Thinking about it, as a little kid, I don’t believe I ate any real food growing up—or at least no more than maybe a little fruit or some chicken, in a given day.

Raised on a steady diet of processed foods—like all 80’s and 90’s babies—my daily palate looked something like this:

Breakfast: Rice Krispies with 2% Milk + Banana+ Pepperidge Farm Cinnamon Raisin bread toasted with Parkay “I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter” + Smuckers Strawberry Jelly

Snack: Teddy Grahams

Lunch: A Ham and Cheese Lunchable with a Capri Sun + Oreo Cookie (frosting side, since I won the ‘truth and dare’ twist challenge with my BFF by my side)

Snack: Apple + Kraft String Cheese + Ritz crackers

Dinner: Spaghetti Noodles + (conventional) Ground Beef + Prego Pasta Sauce + garlic bread + Margarine + 2% Generic Milk

Dessert: Scoop of vanilla ice cream + Hershey’s chocolate sauce

In other words: about 95% fake food, and 5% real food.

And guess what?

I lived to tell about it.

In fact…I think it made me stronger…


Your body is one SMART cookie—and it is RESILIENT.

It desires homeostasis—balance—and no matter what, it wants to WORK FOR YOU—not against you—no matter if you eat a sandwich or a salad.

Although it is GOOD to have an awareness and knowledge around “quality nutrition”—and the most optimal sources of actually ingesting NUTRIENTS (unlike my processed food generation past)…

The moral of the story is not about getting enough Vitamin A, or calcium, or organic eats today.

The moral of the story is this: You body is your #1 fan…

Instead of listening to so many rules because “they said so”—why not instead LISTEN TO YOUR BODY.

(And I believe, above all…a little dirt never hurt).


 Ah, yes…a little dirt.

The good ol’ 80/20 “rule”—the best “rule” I think there is.

Instead of clinging so tightly to “one way or the highway”…80/20 goes like this:

Eighty percent of the time—for the majority of your meals, eat real food—foods that your body was created to thrive upon (and knows how to digest) from the beginning flare!). I’m all about EASY PEASY meals (to make both our lives easier), and here’s one to add to your rotation! (this one goes out to you Miami!).

Fried Plantains


  • Coconut oil- 1 tbsp.
  • 2 Plantains (not super mushy)
  • Cast iron skillet (regular pan is fine if not)
  1. Preheat coconut oil in skillet over medium high heat.
  2. Peel the plantains and dice them in quarters.
  3. Fry the pieces until browned and tender.
  4. Drain excess oil on paper towels.

Cuban Style Pulled Pork


  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. ground oregano
  • pinch fine sea salt
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup fresh squeezed oranges & limes (Mix)
  • 3 lb pork shoulder roast
  1. Combine spices together, then dry rub onto pork shoulder.
  2. Place pork in a ziplock bag and marinate with citrus juice for at least 1-2 hours (if not overnight) in the fridge
  3. When ready to cook, sear pork in pan on medium heat in olive oil—for about 2-3 minutes on both sides.
  4. Throw into crockpot (with remaining citrus juice) on low
  5. Cook in crockpot for 6-8 hours
  6. Pork is ‘done’ when you can shred with fork, and cooked through.
  7. Top your plantains with some pulled pork, and optional carmelized onions and mushrooms



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