Let’s first define “real food:”
[food] 1. something that nourishes, sustains, or supplies
[ree-uhl, reel] 1. true and actual; not artificial
Real Food is food which. It is a food system--from seed to plate--that fundamentally respects human dignity and health, animal welfare, social justice and environmental sustainability. Some people call it "local," "green," "slow," or "fair." (see our Real Food Wheel).
This is about more than supermarket labels. The Real Food Challenge has developed an innovative , which provides in-depth definitions of "real food" and a tracking system for institutional purchasing. With this tool, "real food" is broken down into four core categories: and . http://www.realfoodchallenge.org/
The best and the worst of all this:
WHY are they UNABLE to eat smart or real?
Let’s face it…”unreal” is cheaper…less expensive…20 pieces for less than $5! Or two sandwiches for $5! If you are living on a budget, (and how many of us are NOT?), you are trying to get the most for your money! I guess the real question is, “WHAT am I really getting for the money?”
How many of you have actually pulled one of those nuggets apart? Or asked the burger waitress what has been ground into the “beef” to make it look better, stretch further, and not spoil when left out for hours (or days, or even years)? Have you heard or read the science experiments done with some of this “food?” Do you really think your body can process this and make you “The BEST you’ve ever been?”
Even better…WHY are they unwilling? Hey, unreal food is quick, easy to pick-up after work or before, and as we said above “cheap!” It’s what we, as Americans, are used to…It smells good, (often smelling better than it tastes…wonder where the smells actually come from...maybe REAL FOOD?), and according to someone who should know (our infamous Chaz), it has been engineered to be addictive! Why wouldn’t it be our meal of choice?
THIS IS WHY!!
I have often told you that someone has watched over me for years. My first pregnancy, (many years ago), I had to make a quick run for my mom’s bathroom after traveling from our home in Virginia to her home in North Carolina. We had stopped at our favorite place between and picked up “fast food.” SOMETHING…That NOT-real food my picky pregnant body ABSOLUTELY DISCARDED quickly! I really NEVER got morning sickness, but my more sensitive body WOULD NOT TOLERATE some NON-FOOD ADDITIVE the so-called “food” places would NEVER ADMIT was there!
OK---SO WHAT DO YOU REALLY WANT YOUR FOOD TO DO?
Give you energy
Fuel your brain (help you think)
Help you build muscle (more lean tissue)
Allow your body the energy it needs to burn fat (change your body composition) Lubricate your joints and make any movement easier
Like any other “something” that nourishes, sustains or supplies, the results are better and less damaging with the REAL THING!
Read next week the connecting article that will give you some easier ways of getting this real stuff, and keeping in within your time, work, and money budget!
Linda Cook BS, CPT, CMES 937-369-7363 cell
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