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31-Day Food Revolution written by Ocean Robbins is a book about how toxic our food has become and ways to take back your health by showing us how to eat the right healthy foods. His writing style is without judgement as he gives information for you to make your own choices no matter where you are at with your feelings on food. There are stories about various peoples connections between food and their health to help illustrate the power of eating the right foods. Throughout the book there are suggestions for small changes that can lead to big results and as you start to see some of those results there are plenty of ways to take the next step in your own time and way.
31-Day Food Revolution is laid out in 4 main parts; Detoxify, Nourish, Gather and Transform.
Take a look around your pantry and see what kinds of food you currently have for your meals and snacks. Are they mostly processed foods? Do the ingredients contain chemicals that you don’t even know what they are? How many fresh fruits and vegetables are ready for you to use each day? He encourages us to get rid of the unhealthy foods and think about your meal plans. In each section of the book there are Action options that you can take. He makes it very clear that you can choose which ones to try. The very first Action option I decided to try was “Eat nothing this week that comes from a package listing more than seven ingredients. Looking through my options I was surprised to find that so many had much greater than 7 ingredients. So grocery shopping was a fun exercise if finding foods to meet this challenge.
This section is about having the knowledge you need to take your health into your own hand. When you replace foods such as sugars, refined flour and processed carbs with real, wholesome foods you are using food to recharge, replenish and revitalize yourself. The quiz “How nutrient-rich is your diet” was eye-opening.
This section is about the human end of food. Surrounding yourself with positive people who are going to support you in your changes with food. This could include the time spent around the family table, to being a leader by example. As people see how excited you are about the foods you eat, opportunities to answer questions can allow you to help others. It was refreshing to see this in a book about diet rather than just advice on food.
If you are interested in sustainable food, organics, non-GMO, fair trade, etc. this section will be of great interest to you. In this section the Action option I started with was “Sprout a batch of nuts, seeds, or legumes”. There were directions on how to do it and advice for success. I started with alfalfa because I realized it had been far too long since I enjoyed some sprouts on my sandwich. I was so excited to see them grow, and that sandwich was so good with sprouts right from my kitchen. I’ve continued to do this while I’ve added on new action steps.