Real Food is the movement America has been needing. It has developed in many forms and extends beyond the buzzwords organic, farm to table, non-GMO, etc. The Real Food Movement relies on sustainable practices so that food itself acts as both fuel and medicine for the human body. If a restaurant values a real food approach, they’ll say it everywhere.
What is Real Food?
Real Food defines the current movement of turning the food industries focus away from processed and refined “food like substances” and back to whole, nutritious foods that our great grandparents would have eaten. As Ann Wigmore, famed holistic health practitioner said, “The food you eat can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.”
Real Food is a way of nurturing the body with whole, unprocessed ingredients that help it function at its maximum potential.
What Real Food Is Not
Real Food is not the most recent ploy or gimmick for quick weight loss. While weight loss is a common added bonus, it is not the main draw to a Real Food Approach. Real Food is a way to live a balanced and healthy lifestyle by giving your body a chance for optimum health. Real food is not a product of industry, but rather a product of the earth. It’s the anti-industry diet.
How We Define Real Food
Real Food is defined as whole ingredients that have been minimally processed or refined. Real food is that which respects human dignity, animal welfare, social justice, environmental sustainability, and most importantly: health. Tasteful values local products from farms and ranches that are organic, pasture raised and free of antibiotics and hormones.
Do’s and Dont’s of Real Food
Do eat whole food that has not been refined or processed. Do eat foods high in vitamins and minerals and healthy fats (vegetables, meats, fish and poultry, fruits, nuts and seeds). Do eat whole foods that represent the colors of the rainbow, as these foods will give you the proper vitamins, minerals and nutrients to support the healthy function of your body systems. Do eat fermented and raw dairy. The milk you buy in the store has been pasteurized, homogenized and treated to remove pathogens and healthy bacteria, which results in decreased enzyme activity. Milk from factory raised farm animals is indeed unhealthy and risky to drink raw, however milk from grass-fed, pasture raised animals has far more health benefits than its pasteurized counterpart. Do eat whole grains that have been minimally processed. Do eat food in its natural form (i.e. an apple should look like an apple and a steak should be just that, a steak).
Do not eat food with any added ingredients and preservatives. Avoid packaged food all together. Avoid chemically altered foods that have been manufactured by food scientists.
A Real Food Diet
Eat a diet filled with whole, nutritious food. Eat organic and local when possible, avoid GMOs, eat hormone and antibiotic free meats and dairy. Eat food as medicine and nourishment for the body. Eating food that has been over processed leads to disease and decreased overall health.
Whole foods such as fruits and vegetables, and some preferably organic, dairy, also preferably organic, whole grains, wild caught fish (which are free of harmful chemicals), organic or grass feed meat (which are free of hormones and antibiotics), organic poultry, legumes, nuts, seeds, unrefined sweeteners (like raw honey and maple syrup), whole grains (like brown rice, 100% whole wheat bread and whole wheat pasta). Real food is whole foods which is unrefined and unprocessed and does not contain added ingredients, such as salt, simple carbohydrates, or fat.