Welcome to Whole Made Living and thanks for checking us out!
What to Expect
On our site you’ll see recipes from various walks of life. We do not believe in any particular diet as a lifestyle; we believe that we were designed to consume real whole food of all kinds for our bodies to be healthy; not processed food which has taken over the majority of our grocery stores. Eating whole real food is the only diet we believe in; as natural and organic as possible, when feasible. When we use the word “diet”, we do not promote any specific diets, i.e. fad diets, weight loss diets or other specific diets which exclude certain foods. We do however cook many recipes which can be categorized as any one of these diets; vegetarian, gluten-free, and vegan. We do not follow any of these ourselves, but we do cook food from each of these categories and you’ll find some recipes are friendly to those of you who follow these diets and some can easily be adjusted to fit any of those categories. As for weight loss, we do not promote any weight loss diet, but believe if you eat whole real foods, or make a switch to real food by eliminating processed food you can lose weight or maintain a healthy weight and body. We also don’t believe in low-fat or low-calorie food as we’ve learned more lately about how food labeled this way can be more harmful by adding more chemicals and preservatives. We also have grown to understand that all calories are not created equal, so calorie counting can thus become the reason you regain weight after you lose it since your body treats all calories differently. We’re just about getting back to basics with food.
Because we enjoy cooking and experimenting with our cooking so much, over the years we’ve tried so many gizmos and gadgets so we’ll recommend some that we find work best for us. Besides recipes and recommendations there’ll be everything from grilling tips, to gardening and canning and other tips that might help in busy households.
We believe you can eat almost anything that our ancestors ate and from all diet types. We believe processed food is what is making society unhealthy and obese. On our site you’ll see everything from meat recipes to raw juice recipes; a whole spectrum of food and drinks. We try to cook from scratch and eat real whole food about 90% of the time, but we do allow ourselves to indulge and enjoy unhealthier options once in a while as we’re feeding a busy family of 5…all in moderation. We are human after all. That being said, you will see comfort foods mixed in with some rich ethnic food. We believe as long as you’re smart about eating, read labels, and care about what goes in your body, you can be healthy. We also believe that eating organic whenever possible is important as well so you will see some posts on the importance of making the switch when it’s feasible.
We also believe that something needs to change with food labeling and the choices we’re given. We believe we have a right to know exactly what is in food, no “frankenfood” please. It’s an everyday struggle for us to find truly natural ingredients to use in our cooking, but we’re here to try to help inspire others to take a similar path to a healthier life.
Why We’re Doing This
This site is our attempt to share with friends, family and anyone else (i.e. You….reading this…) who’s curious to see how even a chaotic family of 5 can live a healthier lifestyle by cooking whole real food and leave processed food by the wayside. We are by no means experts on the subject, but we make every effort possible to be healthier just by doing our own research. One of the biggest challenges is seeing through the smokescreen laid down by corporate america and big government. We have learned over the years to believe very little that you read on labels. What we do know is that there is so much toxic garbage in processed food in this country so the best way to avoid it is by cooking it yourself from scratch!
Our attempt is to intrigue those reading this that nourishing your life with real whole food and less chemicals is easier than you think and better for you in the long run. Yes, it can be more expensive at times to cook this way, but we believe this way of living can significantly lessen the risk of some diseases and illnesses. We want to help open your eyes to the misinformation that is being dealt by food companies to make a buck. Afterall, we have to do what we can to teach our children better, right?!
Who We Are
We are a husband and wife team on this site and when it comes to how we nourish and take care of our family. You’ll see that the husband’s a contributing writer on the site with his wisdom and knack for aspects that the I, the wife don’t have. He’s the tech guy and designer on this site, but he also likes to cook, grill, garden and brew beer when time allows. The wife (me, Katia) likes to cook, bake, run, come up with recipes, experiment with food, find time saving options and great deals.
We both LOVE food and it’s partially what brought us together as a couple. We enjoy the social aspect of it, critiquing it when we go out as much as the trial and error part of cooking it at home. We both are big fans of some professional cooks and love to imitate or try techniques they use. In a nutshell, as long as we’re living, we’d like to live happy, healthy and illness free if possible. We know whole real food can help us achieve that by at least eliminating some of the extra garbage.
We are a family of 5 with 3 little boys; the oldest is 6 years old and 4 year old twins. There is never a quiet moment in our home and we do struggle to find time to make everything we want happen, including this site, but through it all we still do our best to keep everything real and do what we can to stay whole, inside and out.
Support the Family
This site is also an attempt to help support our family, so the ads you see on the side and affiliate links are on the site in hopes to help us supplement our income. This site does actually take quite a bit of time to keep up as a constant work in progress, so we truly appreciate you looking.
Take a peek and please share your thoughts on here with your friends and family if you like what you read. Stay Real and Think Whole!