Welcome to The Healthy Family and Home
“Eat like it matters…because it does!”
Hi…I’m Karielyn! I’m a wife and a mother of two young boys, 11 and 9 years old. I try very hard to make sure my family has healthy, nutrient-dense and wholesome foods to eat and that we avoid detrimental foods that can destroy and undermine our health. Since I purchase the groceries and prepare the meals for our family, I do not take this responsibility lightly – it is always my number one priority.
I am passionate about eating and buying healthy, organic, clean and nutrient-dense foods and products and hope I can relay some of that passion with you here. I’d love to share with you the ingredients I use and love as well as the foods we buy. I also have super easy recipes, food and product reviews and lots of information about healthy and organic foods that I’ve learned about over the last 11 years since embracing healthier food choices.
If I had to describe in one word or phrase the type of foods we eat, I would say “clean” or “clean eating”. To me, that means fresh, real and unprocessed food and eating foods in their most natural state. It’s not necessarily a diet, but a lifestyle.
I have over 450+ healthy, clean eating recipes on my website and have another 100+ in my Clean Eating Cookbook for a total of over 500+ recipes for you to enjoy! All my recipes are vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free and refined sugar free and I have many that are raw, nut-free and alkaline. I also have a small selection of clean vegetarian and transitional recipes that I make for other family members.
Due to several recent health issues, I’ve begun following a lectin-free lifestyle and I’m currently in the process of going through all my recipes and labeling the ones that are already lectin-free and revising the ones that can be adapted with lectin approved ingredients. Choosing lectin-free is not a “fad”, “movement” or the “newest health craze” for me, but a new way of life because it has truly eliminated 99% of my health problems that I could never find an answer for. You can read more about my journey to lectin-free here.
About the label “healthy”:
One thing I’ve noticed while browsing the web, is that different people have different definitions of “healthy”. One food blog I came across has the word “healthy” in the URL and the word “healthy” listed 4 times in the URL description. However, every recipe on the site is made with S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) ingredients. Every. Single. One.
I picked one at random to use as an example: 1/2 cup butter, 1 cup refined white sugar, 1 egg, 1 1/2 cups white flour, 1 cup M&M candies and 1 1/2 cups marshmallows. Have you ever looked at an ingredient list for a bag of marshmallows? Here it is:
S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) Marshmallow Ingredients:
Corn Syrup, Sugar, Dextrose, Modified Cornstarch, Water, Contains Less than 2% of: Gelatin, Tetrasodium Phrophosphate, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Blue 1
Anything that contains GMO ingredients and food coloring should never be called “healthy”.
Besides the fact that majority of the recipes on this particular food blog containing white flour, eggs, butter, white sugar, other ingredients that are used and called “healthy” are canola oil, commercial store-bought boxed cake mixes, oreo cookies, Pam cooking spray, red food coloring, Coca Cola (yes, this is true!), canned biscuits and in a “cancer-friendly” recipe…Bisquick.
It’s really sad to me that there are bloggers using the word “healthy” to mislead people truly looking to make a difference in the way they eat.
I’m sorry, but I disagree with that and my website and definition of healthy is much different.
If you aren’t familiar with S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) foods and ingredients, I want to help you learn how to truly eat healthy with real, whole food ingredients.
Here at “The Healthy Family and Home”, you will find the following:
- organic / non-GMO
- fresh fruits and vegetables
- nutrient-dense and real food ingredients
- “clean” and unprocessed foods
- fresh green juices
- green smoothies
- natural living and home remedies
- healthy detox and cleansing
- appliances, gadgets, and shopping resources to help make a healthy lifestyle easier
You will not find on my site recipes that include:
- GMO’s (genetically modified organisms)
- artificial colors
- artificial sweeteners
- refined white processed sugar
- refined white table salt
- refined bleached white flour
- S.A.D. (Standard American Diet) foods or ingredients
I am not here to convince you to adopt a certain dietary lifestyle, promote a particular one or to even say that mine is better. I would like to encourage you and make it easier for you to choose healthier foods, reduce the toxic burdens on your body, to eat “clean” foods and to learn about the food and products that are good for your body and health – as well as the ones that are harmful.
I truly believe there is a direct correlation to our health and the foods we eat – and shouldn’t eat. It’s hard to know where to start with a change because it is so overwhelming. There’s a lot of information out there to take in! But the first thing to remember is to just make small changes, one step at a time and eat like it matters…because it does!
About My Website:
My website offers some unique features if you looking for resources for healthier eating to help you along the way:
- easy recipes with minimal ingredients (pretty much all of my recipes are fast and easy to make and have a short ingredient list)
- resources of where to buy hard to find ingredients (not everyone has access to a Whole Foods store and would like to buy quality, organic foods – my posts have links of where to buy specialized ingredients)
- resources of where to buy small kitchen appliances and gadgets that make living a healthy lifestyle easy and make (I share all my appliances and gadgets that I use to make all the healthy foods on my site)
- nutrition facts about the ingredients in the recipes I will be making (I’ve done all the research for you and have “5 Fast Facts” listed on most ingredients in my recipes)
- reviews on products you might be interested in (I hardly buy anything anymore without reading reviews first – I give honest reviews on foods and products on my site that I actually use to help you make decisions )
I hope my website gives you encouragement to make healthy changes for you and your family – no matter how big or small, because they all matter!
In closing, I just had to add this short little story because hopefully it will make you smile.
One day, I had a busy morning in the kitchen. I started with smoothies, made some homemade bread, did some juicing, and then made a raw dessert.
Each time, my 9 year old (4 at the time) stopped playing with his brother and came in the kitchen because “he wanted to help”.
I asked him, “Why do you like to cook so much?“
He replied, “No, I don’t like to cook. I just want to be with you.”
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Again, welcome and I hope you’ll be back soon!