Are you confused as to what makes up a “healthy diet”? There are so many schools of thought about this that sometimes heated and even emotional debates result.
But, what it should come down to is the fundamental principle of natural nutrition, which is simply: Eat Real Food.
“Real Food” refers to any nutrient-dense substance that has been grown or raised using the earth’s resources – to this we include fruits, vegetables and animals raised naturally, eating a diet that is optimum for their health, thus assuring that the meat and animal foods we eat are healthy and nutrient-dense.
What isn’t Real Food?
This is where it gets tricky. And it’s no wonder why we’re all confused because as a society, we’ve been inundated with artificial foods that happen to be fortified and stabilized. These fake foods are easy enough to identify in their extreme sense – with their misspellings of ‘Cheez’, ‘Froot’ and ‘Lite’.
It’s the grey area of foods that have been touted as “all-natural” and a “good source of [trendy-nutrient-of-the-day]” that are harder to identify as to whether it’s a real food or not. In this case, you may be surprised that foods like margarine, skim milk, fat-free yogurt and instant oatmeal don’t cut it as real food. Confused? Read our blog and you’ll see why.
A good rule of thumb for figuring out what’s real and what’s not: if you can’t re-create the ‘food’ in question in your home kitchen by purchasing the ingredient list on the package, then it doesn’t count as a real food and instead falls in the category of a food-like product.
The mission of The Real Food Guide
The Real Food Guide is here to help you achieve health and wellness through food; ideally food that is locally farmed/grown/produced that is in the most natural and nutrient-dense form as possible.
Your Guide at The Real Food Guide
My name is Vivian, and I’m the founder/editor/writer/designer and beyond at the Real Food Guide. I’ve got a background in both biochemistry and design (apparently I like university a lot), and most recently, I became a Registered Holistic Nutritionist. I believe that each individual needs to go on their own Real Food Journey, because what works for me, may not necessarily work for you, as we all have our own individual biochemistry, gut flora and health histories. Some people may flourish on a vegetarian diet, while others require more nutrients that can only come from animal foods. As a nutritionist with a holistic view, I believe that you need to be your own advocate for your health and wellness and figure out where you are in your own journey.
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- Vivian Cheng, B.Sc., B.I.D., R.H.N., The Real Food Guide