I am surprised how many people really don’t know what Real Food is. Hey, I get it! Dr oz. says one thing your trainer say something else and everything you read is different. But, the fact is REAL FOOD is “something that nourishes, sustains, or supplies life. It is not something that has ingredients in it that you can’t read or understand. It is usually not bought in a box or a bag.
Real food is not GMO’s (genetically modified) it is not a breakfast bar, protein bar or a container of powder. You might have heard “you are what you eat” but maybe it should be you are what you don’t eat. Let’s that a look at what real food is:
* Vegetables and fruit – I don’t need to tell you what these are. Eat organic or buy local. Buy fresh or frozen.Use herbs and spices to jazz them up.
* Meat – only buy free range, organic, and humanely raised meat. Also, look for non-GMO, which means they didn’t feed the animals GMO food.
* Seafood – buy only wild caught. If you want to learn more go to NothJersey.com. If you want to order good fish on-line go to Vital Choice for a healthier option.
* 100% whole grains – make sure you don’t over do it with the grains and buy non-GMO grains. Most wheat is made with GMO’s. You can read more at Authority Nutrition. I say stay away from them most of the time and do not eat gluten. Check out more about GMO’s at Foodbabe.com
* Sweeteners – I say away from all the artificial sweeteners and use maple syrup and local honey in small amounts.
* Beverages – water and green smoothies made with mostly greens and veggies. Yep, that’s about it. You can find my favorite smoothie recipe at Elite Physiques Blog.
* Dairy – use organic and eat full fat, the more fat they take out the more processed and less nutrition. Staying away from dairy is your best bet.
* Nuts and seeds – they can play havoc on your digestive system and have lots of fat calories. Eat them in moderation and make sure you soak them to release the enzymes in them this will help you digest them better and get more nutrition from them.
What do you think? Do you follow any of these eating principles? I hope this was helpful, please check out some of the links and leave a comment below.
In good health,