What if we went back to eating whole, nutritious foods like fruits, nuts, and whole grains? Imagine looking at a list of ingredients that you didn’t need a PhD to decipher. What if our food was rich in flavour and nutrients? This is the train of thought that brought upon the creation of Bare Foods.
The dieting landscape has been flooded with conflicting advice, and grocery stores are congested with artificial ingredients and food-like products. Many of these ‘healthy alternatives’ carry low fat, low calorie, high protein, high fiber, low sodium labels. The long term effects of these artificial ingredients on your body is still unknown, but what we do know is that North America is more obese than it has ever been.
What happened to eating food from nature that was prepared in a kitchen? Bare Foods simplifies things. Snacks between meals are some of the most processed, unhealthy foods we eat on a given day. Bare Foods provides substitutes for snacks that you are already eating that are all natural, GMO-free. This means our products are created by Mother Nature and not in a lab.
I have never been someone who weighed their food, counted calories, or kept a food diary. I’ve always been an active person, and although I’ve never followed a diet, I’ve always tried to make healthy choices when it came to food. I enjoy food, (duh, who doesn’t?!?!) and I will generally eat when I’m hungry.
I used to be an artificial sweetener junkie. Diet cola and low-calorie snacks were a big part of what I ate in University. I couldn’t get enough of them, and since they we low-calorie or no-calorie I figured I could eat as much as I wanted. I would hear about the dangers of aspartame and other artificials, but generally ignored them because I loved the idea of 0 calorie cola.
After university I got involved in endurance sports. My first race was a 30km run. I was under-trained and had no grasp on the nutritional aspects of long distance running. I managed to finish, but my body was beaten up and I was sick as a dog for the next 24 hours. Just a month later I planned on running my first marathon, so I began to frantically talk to other runners and research race day nutrition. A number of runners I talked to stressed the idea of eating ‘clean’ before the races. This meant limiting processed foods, and anything that would make you feel heavy (fatty foods, large portions of meat, etc). As well as being an aspartame attic, I was also a carnivore. I ate huge portions of meat, with sparse vegetables at lunch and dinner. I had always told myself I needed the protein as I shoveled back my 2nd or 3rd piece of chicken. I wasn’t sure how I felt about this ‘clean’ eating strategy for the race, but I decided to give it a shot because I did not want to feel like I did after my 30km. I ate no meat or dairy from Friday until after the race Sunday, and I tried to cook as much of my food as possible, as opposed to opening it up. Sunday came and although I will still very under trained, I finished the marathon with no stomach issues (though my legs hated me at this point!).
This was my lightbulb moment where I began to take nutrition seriously. I was willing to spend countless hours every week swimming, biking and running, and yet I had been unwilling to budge from my traditional eating habits. I began looking for products that I could substitute for foods I was already eating that would make me feel better and enhance my performance. I wanted to find products that were made with real food that would provide high quality fuel for the body as well as taste great. I’m not a doctor, but I don’t have to be to know that I feel better and have more energy when I’m eating foods that come from Mother Nature and are whole.
I went into health food stores, organic markets, ordered products online and sampled over 100 different products. Some of the products I rejected because they tasted like the underside of a lawn mower, others I rejected when I did a closer analysis of the ingredients, but I managed to find a number of high quality, tasty products. I know first hand how difficult it is to change eating habits, especially given the stress and demands of the workplace. That is why all the products at Bare Foods are substitutes for the chips, granola bars and candy you’re already eating. Snack food is some of the worst, genetically modified, sodium rich, chemical laden food we eat during the day. By substituting these traditional snacks for whole, gmo-free, nutritious snacks from Bare Foods you will have more energy and feel great.
I am very excited to have you discover all the amazing products Bare Foods has to offer.
Founder, Bare Foods