Real food is food that was once alive or a by-product of living things–plants and animals. Think of it more as food that can be traced back to nature rather than an chemical processing assembly line. What are the guidelines of a eating a real-food diet?
- Eat whole foods. Stop buying and eating the stuff that is in the pretty packages on the shelf, that processed food that is filled with refined sugar, added sodium, unhealthy fats, white flour, as well as additives and preservatives. Yes, I know it makes the “food” (dead food in my opinion) taste good, but you’d be surprised how good real food tastes once you kick the processed stuff.
- When it comes to meat, try to find nitrate-free and as local as possible. Don’t break the bank, but prioritize your families” nutrition. Buy in bulk when on sale. Regularly check the source of the meat from your favorite grocery store. Look into buying whole or half portions of beef and pork from a local or regional farmer. Do your homework when it comes to buying meat! Always wash hands thoroughly and educate yourself on proper cooking and handling of meat.
- Stay clear of white flour, refined sugar, and chemical additives and preservatives.
- A good rule of thumb for packaged foods (like canned or frozen whole foods) is “5 or less” and be able to identify the ingredients.
- Drink plenty of water.
- Drop the sodas.
In addition to eating good ol’ fashioned real food like our great-grandparents ate, don’t forget to MOVE!
Exercise regularly. Not only cardio, the type of exercise that keeps you in your target heart rate for at least 30 minutes, but also strength building exercises. Lift HEAVY!!
Enjoy living a Real (Food) Life!