Real Food Made Simple for Busy Working Parents


You’re busy. I get it. I’m also a working mom, by choice. My day is an odd assortment of breastfeeding sessions, biohacking experiments, training in my garage gym, juggling marketing client projects, community management and lots of writing. But, amidst the chaos, I never neglect my real food regimen.  

What is “real food”?


I might define real food as, “Those foods that nature gives us: plants, roots, fruits, nuts, seeds, meats, eggs, milk and those made from it. Whole foods. Unprocessed. No additives or alterations.”


In laymen’s terms, real food is just whole food with as little processing as necessary for human consumption. Picture the middle of the grocery store: most of that food is NOT real food. Picture the perimeter of the grocery store: much of that food is real food. The less packaging, the better. The fewer ingredients, the better.


Benefits of real food for busy parents.


Do I really need to make a comprehensive list here? You have already heard all the reasons why eating real food is “good for you.”


I come at real food from a different perspective. I don’t eat real food simply for the health reasons, but for the mental and physical performance benefits. Right now, one of my biggest focus areas is mental performance.


I notice that if I go out to eat--or splurge on one of my daughter’s decadent chocolate chip cookies-- that my energy levels plummet for the rest of the day. Therefore, if I am going to splurge, I save it for my bedtime OR take 2 charcoal tablets made by the Bulletproof Executive (one of my favorite biohacks for eating out!)


Eating clean and simple real food gives me a steady flow of energy all day long. Producing quality work as a marketing strategist is dependent on my diet for the mental clarity and creativity required.


How to make real food core to your lifestyle.


A day of real food eating is fairly simple. Just pick three to four real foods meals you enjoy eating. Eat them every day with subtle variations to give you a bit of variety. That’s it.


Here’s what I do:

Breakfast: 3 eggs cooked over low heat, 6-8 oz. of veggies lightly steamed, a bit of butter and salt.


Lunch: Usually a small serving of Get Some Ice Cream or a Post-workout Bulletproof Protein Shake (if I worked out)


Dinner: A handful-sized amount of grassfed meat or salmon, 6-8 oz. of veggies lightly steamed, a bit of butter and a handful-sized amount of white rice cooked in bone broth.


Bedtime Snack: A square of 90% Lindt dark chocolate with 1 Tbsp. of Kerrygold butter on top. (Sounds strange, but it’s delicious!)


Sound a bit too easy? Well, you can get a bit more complicated and begin keeping a food diary, measuring your macronutrient ratios or weighing out your food. I’ve done ALL that before. It’s nothing but a mind game and takes mental energy away from the things that matter most to you in life. Maybe food is one of your highest priorities right now? Then, spend the time geeking out on your food.


Thing is, most of us time-crunched parents don’t want to be bothered with the particulars. We just want to keep it simple. We want to spend more time immersed in our work, playing with our family or relaxing after a long day. By eating a simple, real food diet, we can have a fuller life. And, that’s what we’re all about at the Mindi Zone Project.


Your Turn: What type of diet do you currently eat? Is it serving you well right now? I’m always curious to know what works best for other working parents!