Welcome to Whole Made Living and thanks for checking us out!
What to Expect from Whole Made Living
On our site you’ll see recipes from various walks of life. We do not follow any particular diet as a lifestyle; we believe that we humans were designed to consume real whole foods; not processed food which has taken over the majority of our grocery stores. We do our best to use ingredients that are as natural and organic when feasible. When the word “diet” is in our posts we do not promote any specific diets, i.e. fad diets, weight loss diets or other diets which exclude certain foods. We do however cook many recipes which can be categorized as any one of these diets; from vegetarian to gluten-free to vegan, etc… You will find some posts and recipes from some of these categories and some that can be easily substituted to accommodate your dietary needs.
We do not promote any weight loss diets, but believe if you eat whole real foods and start eliminating processed foods you can lose weight or maintain a healthy weight. We do not use ingredients labeled “low-fat” or “low-calorie” in our recipes. Food labeled this way can be more harmful with the addition of chemicals and preservatives. All calories are not created equal, so we simply use naturally low fat or low calorie ingredients when necessary.
Because we enjoy cooking and experimenting with cooking so much, we’ve tried many gizmos and gadgets so we’ll recommend those that 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 family households.
Whole Made Living is about getting back to basics with food. 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. We are human after all. That being said, you will see comfort foods mixed in with some rich ethnic food. We try to be smart about eating, read labels, and care about what goes into our bodies. We try to use organic ingredients whenever possible so you will see some posts on the importance of making the switch when it’s feasible.
Something needs to change with food labeling and the choices we’re given. We all 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 looking at Whole Made Living that switching to real whole food and less chemicals is easier than you think. 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. After all, we have to do what we can to teach our children better as well, right?!
Who We Are
We are a husband and wife team on this site. Josh is 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 the site, but he also likes to cook, grill, garden and brew beer when time allows. The wife (me, Katia) likes to cook, bake, walk/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 are a family of 5 with 3 young boys. 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 an attempt to help supplement income for our family so you’ll see ads on the side and affiliate links. This site does 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!