If you noticed our tag line on our pages right after the title, it reads, "Keep it Real." As I'm still introducing myself to you, I thought I should explain what it means to me.
It's not a new saying, that's for sure. I suppose it means different things to different people. But here's what it means to us: We want to be real - real in all ways that we can. This includes of course, eating REAL food. Many people think they know what that means, but they really don't. Almost all of your food should be one ingredient when you buy it. Yep. Just one. A vegetable, a fruit, a nice piece of grass-fed beef or pastured chicken, turkey, or wild game or wild-caught fish. Or if you're buying something at the store, such as a seasoning, read the label. If you don't know what something is on that label, find out what it is before putting it into your body. Pastured eggs too. Not cage-free. Pastured. There is a difference. I'll go into more detail about this in the future.
Being real about what we not only put INTO our bodies, but what we put ON our bodies: Your cosmetics and shampoos and lotions - do you know the ingredients? You should. And the least amount of ingredients is almost always better. I'll be making recommendations about this soon as well. One suggestion and something I always do when trying out new cosmetics or shampoo or lotion or whatever, is I head on over to the Environmental Working Group's Skin Deep website and check out the product. They have a pretty big database. If you don't find your product on there, search every ingredient listed on your product. They use a number system to 'grade' the ingredients. I get caught up in that stuff for hours. I know. Weirdo.
Being real with each other - this is the tough one. As you can probably already tell, I'm pretty straight-forward and honest. I tell it like it is and I'm real. I'm never perfect. I just keep on trying. I admit my faults and short-coming (and I have a lot!) and I'm comfortable doing that. I'll sometimes shoot from the hip, and I apologize (one of those many faults). Being real, being genuine. That took me many years to be that and I try to instill it into Phoebe. Being real is the best. It doesn't waste time. People aren't always going to like it. That's okay. Just close that door and open up another one. Someone will like your real self. Yes, they will. I do!
There is so much not real in this world - our food, even our water has additives it shouldn't have. We have fake nails, fake eyelashes, fake breasts, fake news (ha ha, I had to put that in), fake personalities, and fake just about everything else. Why aren't we satisfied with REAL? If we stop comparing ourselves to others, and just be real, happiness awaits!
So yeah, that is what we are striving for here - keeping it real - all of it.