Open your pantry. Open your refrigerator. What do you see? Fresh produce, fresh meat, maybe some nuts or seeds? Or do you see food that you bought weeks or even months ago, that is sitting there and somehow hasn’t gone bad yet? Being stuck at home is no excuse to eat poorly. Let’s dive into the importance of eating real food.
Let’s define “real food” first. Real food is food that in unprocessed. Think about a fresh peach versus a can of peaches. The fresh peach has not been processed. It has been picked and sent to the store. The can of peaches has been to a factory where it was washed, diced, and put in a syrupy liquid to preserve it. Which sounds better for you? Another way to look at it is, real food tends to be the food around the perimeter of the grocery store, without much, if any packaging. Food that is “not real food” is what you find in the aisles in boxes and cans.
Real food does not have preservatives. Yes, we want our food to last and not go to waste, but at what cost? Do you have unhealthy preservatives in your system?
Real food is rich in vitamins and minerals. The food you get around the perimeter has a ton of great stuff in it that makes sure your body can function normally. The food does the aisles does not. If you are shopping the aisles, you are missing out on a key part of your diet.
Real food is filling. Try filling up on 100 calories of spinach, you’ll probably tap out around 50 calories. Now try eating 100 calories of cookies. You probably hit that with one cookie, and you and I both know that having just one cookie isn’t an option. Real food has less calories per gram because it has not been given any flavor additives or preservatives. Meaning, you can eat more quantity of real food, feel fuller, and do that for less calories. Your body composition will thank you for that. Sounds like a win-win-win, to me.
If you want to double down on your health, you need to eat better food. Plain and simple. You will boost your immune system, you will feel more energetic, you will have less inflammation, and your body composition will improve. If you aren’t sure what foods work for you or how to get started, book a call with a coach. You can do that here: