What is REAL FOOD?
It is the New Year and I know you are probably so tired of all the sweets in the pantry and leftovers that you have in the fridge from the holidays. So how do you get started in cleaning up your kitchen to start the New Year off on the right foot?
Stop eating processed foods is usually the response that I hear from clients but do they really know what cutting out these foods entails? To be on a no-processed foods diet might actually mean being on a raw-food diet. Even whole grain wheat flour has to go through some processing to go from wheat berries to flour. A diet eliminating all processed foods may not feasible for most to sustain.
The best thing to do is to start with understanding what REAL FOOD is and filling your kitchen with these foods!
Check out the chart that Lisa from 100 Days of Real Food prepared that defines REAL FOOD.
REAL FOOD is:
1. Whole food that typically has one ingredient (ex. organic quinoa) or no ingredient label at all (ex. fresh fruit and veggies)
2. Packaged foods with very few (3-5) unrefined ingredients (ex. raw trail mix with unsweetened dried fruit)
3. Dairy products like whole milk, unsweetened yogurt, eggs and cheese
4. Bread and crackers that are 100% whole grain/ whole wheat/ real food alternatives like coconut and almond flour
5. Wild-caught seafood
6. Locally and humanely raised, pasture fed meat products like chicken, pork, beef and lamb
7. Dried fruits, nuts, seeds
8. Naturally-made and raw sweeteners like honey or maple syrup
9. Natural beverages like water, tea, coffee, 100% juice, milk of choice and drinks made with natural ingredients (ex. home-made smoothies)
What is NOT considered REAL FOOD:
1. Packaged foods with a laundry list of ingredients that you cannot pronounce; usually filled with refined additives that you would not otherwise buy to use in your home cooking
2. Foods made with refined sugars like white sugar, brown sugar, cane sugar, cane juice, corn syrup or artificial sweeteners like aspartame or sucralose (ex. Equal or Splenda)
3. Foods deep fried in refined oils like canola oil
4. Foods made from refined grains like white rice or white flour, which is often labeled as "enriched" or "wheat flour" without the word whole
5. Highly processed and packaged foods that are labeled as organic (ex. Cheddar cheese crackers, cookies, candy)
6. Factory-farmed meats and farmed seafood
7. Most foods from a drive-thru window or convenience store
Hope this helps you feel like you have a better handle on how to ensure that you fill your kitchen with healthy REAL FOOD!
Starting on January 8th, I will be leading a group of women like yourself through simple steps to get their kitchens full of REAL FOOD, their meals well-balanced and their bodies fueled for their busy lives!
Want to join us as we re-shape our perspectives on food and learn simple meal prepping and planning strategies, how to read ingredient labels, how to control portions for activities without counting calories or macros, how to limit inflammation and bloating, and feel energized by eating REAL FOOD throughout your day?
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