Any believer in healthy and clean eating will admit that real food must spoil. When we say that, we’re talking about natural foods – solely what comprises our clean eating lifestyle. And ‘real’ means eating fresh foods that are GROWN and not MADE. Real food is food in its most natural state, it is unprocessed, does not need a label, and does not require fancy packaging. An apple is an apple. An orange is an orange. That can of apple juice in your refrigerator? Definitely not the same thing as that apple in your fruit basket or the freshly squeezed juice from it. The point being that real food is nourishing and life sustaining. It is important to understand that real food is often consumed in it’s natural state meaning nothing is removed from or added to the substance, and when cooked is kept at its nutritive best.CUT BACK ON PROCESSED, INCLUDE FRESH
Clean eating suggests that you only eat what nature intended for you to eat, meaning it’s natural, fresh, and seasonal too. Such produce can be implemented in meals like soups and salads, including juices, giving you a chance to make a meal of what’s fresh, unprocessed, and healthy. If you’re purchasing food that comes in a package, be sure to read those ingredients and read it well. If you can’t spell it, you probably don’t need it. Remember that our bodies were designed to eat real food, and any food that you can’t pronounce probably isn’t real but generated artificially. Let it go. When you choose to start eating real foods, you are cutting back on highly processed and refined foods, with an extended shelf life,including those with chemicals, preservatives, synthetic ingredients, and additives. Processed foods are the worst of the lot, and rightly classified as ‘junk’ as they are high in fat and sugars. The alarming levels of these elements in junk food can increase the risk of heart disease, obesity, diabetes, and other lifestyle diseases. Do natural foods have fats and sugars too? Of course they do! But these are heart-healthy fats that are essential for your body to function well on a daily basis. Your body will also require a minimal amount of sugar to boost energy and these can be naturally derived from fruits rather than artificial sweeteners.NUTRITIONAL SUPPLEMENTS, BUT NATURALLY
Real food is full of naturally occurring vitamins and minerals that help build and nourish the body. You can toss those supplements aside when you’re on a real food diet. It is designed with the chemical structure to match the whole food state. So, why not just eat the food? Real food can give you all the nutrients including proteins, fats, and carbs, but even if there are higher amounts of carbs in fruits for example, it is more slowly absorbed into your body thanks to the fibre content so the sugars are not absorbed so quickly. This ultimately means you get all the energy without the harmful effects that added sugars would give you. A real food diet also means you would consume a minimal amount of naturally occurring sodium, salt, which is good. Too much salt can cause high blood pressure and also harm your kidneys in the long run. Most processed foods have a high amount of salt, to act as a preservative as well as to enhance the taste so that you are left wanting to eat more.FEAST FOR THE EYES AND SOUL
When you get on the real food diet, you will soon realise the amazing feeling that comes with it! Your body is being filled with healthy, nutritionally dense foods, that work towards the benefit of your health in the long run. Strolling through the aisles of the fresh foods section at the grocery store and seeing the lovely shades of reds, greens, oranges and yellows of produce is truly a feast for the eyes. Your body will ask to be fed such beautiful ingredients that nature intended for us to consume. And ultimately, Mother Nature knows best. You can never go wrong with real nourishment. What better way to taking care of your health than eating real?