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The All-American diet is killing us. We can’t stay true to the red, white and blue (red meat, white refined flour and sugar, blue mood) any longer. When my husband was diagnosed with high-enough blood pressure to warrant medication, and when I have ignored my pre-diabetic state for too long, it’s time for a major shift in our eating plan. Denial is a great place to live, but we won’t live for long if we stay in Denial. We booked a high-speed jet right outa there.

So for the first time ever, I cleaned out every bad thing in the kitchen. And I do mean EVERY item. Canned soups, jarred sauces. No more whites. (Rice, pasta, potatoes, flour.) Bags and bags of groceries went to friends’ pantries across the county. Salted nuts, salted chips, Doritos, Cheetos, Oreos, chocolate, and ice cream. All gone. My old way of eating is gone for good. Welcome to Kitchen 2.0! It’s a revised, reorganized, redirected, revolution!

I now cook with whole, fresh ingredients at every meal. Homemade red sauce. Shred my own cheese. Whole wheat pizza crust. This doesn’t come easily to me! I was never cut out to be a prairie woman! I’ve motivated myself by acquiring some sexy new cooking tools… a BEAUTIFUL John Boos cutting board, a few new Wustof knives, a high-end Vitamix, and I’m grateful to have picked up All-Clad pots and pans over the past few years.

But where are my online role models? I thought for SURE there would be loads of cooking blogs that I could get ideas from. WHERE is the cooking blog for scratch cooking that emphasizes the trifecta of healthy cooking?

1. Low sodium
2. Low fat
3. Low carb (and only whole grain carbs.)

I’m sort of legendary (but only in my house!) for being able to find ANYTHING online, but this one stumps me. There are plenty of recipes out there, but not in one place. And they all focus on only one or two aspects, but not all three.

So I will create it here, one meal at a time. It’s a daunting task. Changing it up this severely is frightening, and I’m not in a good mental place when I arrive home at 6pm and need to create something appealing, healthy and tasty if I don’t have a plan beforehand.

Please join us on our journey to better health, and if you like what you see, share it with friends. We’re all in this together. One day at a time, one meal at a time.

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