What is Real Food Anyway?

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Image courtesy of Marcus / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

You’ve probably heard this a lot over the last couple of years. A real food diet will help. It will make you healthier, skinnier, happier, wholer. But what exactly is a real food diet and why should you care?

I stumbled upon what I will call a semi-real food diet by accident. My body decided “enough with soy!” when I was in my mid-20’s and I had to learn to cope really fast. It seemed that everything I was used to eating had soy in it. It didn’t dawn on me that those were all processed foods. So I learned the hard way at first.

Since I already enjoyed cooking so it wasn’t a matter of learning to cook it was adjusting to creating the things I usually ate that came in packages from scratch. I started making my own bread right off.  That was the main thing. I found myself eating more fruits and veggies in their natural state because they were unadulterated and the health food section of my grocery store became the only place I shopped.

Over the years people have asked me how I stay so small while still eating seemingly all I want and energetic and young looking. In my 20’s I didn’t think about it but in my 40’s I’ll have to say it was the real food diet that was forced on my that I’m thankful for.

So What Are Real Foods?

Minimally processed foods as close to their natural state as possible. Instead of white rice think brown rice. Instead of white flour, whole wheat flour.

Found mostly in the periphery of your favorite grocery store. If you buy most of your groceries around the edge of the store you’re doing good. These areas include the vegetable bin, the butcher area, the bulk bins.

Include items you are well familiar with. Such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts, meat and dairy.

Help to fuel your body not tax it.The more your food is processed the harder it is for your body to deal with it. Real foods are easier on  your body and provide more nutrition and energy for you.

In a nutshell real food is food that is better for you.




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