You know what my tagline is right? It’s, “We are real people who promote eating real food.”
I teach people how real food can prevent chronic conditions and I provide suggestions that work for the individual or family, sports team or corporation! This is not a diet! This is about building a healthy lifestyle. So what is real food, you ask. Here are some distinguishing facts about Real Food.
Real Foods have few ingredients, are mostly unprocessed, and are nutritious.
There are several single-ingredient real foods. Think fruits and vegetables, low-fat cheese, lean chicken breast, plain Greek yogurt. There are so many healthy choices to choose from. There are some minimally processed real foods too, like whole grain bread or Kind bars for example. If a packaged food product has words on it you cannot pronounce, it is not real food!
The nutrition is what makes real food awesome. Whole, unprocessed foods are phenomenal for your health. Studies show again and again how these foods can prevent chronic illnesses and can help you to lose weight as well if you need to. A diet rich in nutrients helps weight loss by reducing nutritional deficiencies and preventing hunger.
Real Food is rich in protein.
Protein is absolutely essential as it is the building block to skin, cartilage, bones, and your blood. Eating a protein-rich diet helps you increase your metabolism, reduce hunger, and affects the production of hormones to help you maintain a healthy weight.
Real food sources of protein include lean meat, nuts, seeds, beans, legumes, and low-fat dairy.
Real Food is filled with fiber and antioxidants.
While I just promoted protein, do not misinterpret that as real food means avoiding carbs because real food carbs are good for you; in fact, they are imperative!
Whole grains like brown rice, quinoa, teff, millet, or even whole grain bread are fiber-rich. Whole grains have been shown to help reduce risk of Type II diabetes, heart disease, and even cancer. The combination of fiber and antioxidants makes whole grains so powerful.
Fruit, veggies, nuts and seeds are also packed with fiber and antioxidants.
When you eat fiber-rich foods, you are filling yourself up too, which helps with weight-loss efforts.
Want to give real food a go? Do you already eat a lot of real food, but fall for unhealthy indulgences a little too often? Feel free to email me at [email protected] to learn more about how I can help you. Once it becomes routine, you will find a real food way of life to be fun and easy!
By Kelly Springer, RD, MS, CDN