Our {Real Food} Journey: Real Food Defined

If you’re wondering whether or not something is {real}, ask yourself, “Could someone generations ago find this given item or create this combination of food items?” If the answer is no, then it is not Real Food.

My working definition of {Real food} is just that: REAL, whole foods that are consumed as they were created and can be found in nature, such as: plants, fruits, seeds, nuts, meats, eggs, milk and that which can be made from it.

Andrew, from Eating Rules, defines it as:

Any food that could be made by a person with reasonable skill in a home kitchen with readily available, whole-food ingredients.

And Real Food Challenge states:

Real Food is food which truly nourishes producers, consumers, communities and the earth. It is a food system–from seed to plate–that fundamentally respects human dignity and health, animal welfare, social justice and environmental sustainability.

I love this definition for its all-encompassing awareness; from the health of the land to the growers to the consumer!

What food is NOT Real Food?

Basically, any refined grains or sweeteners, processed, packaged, fried, and fast foods.

Lisa from 100 Days of Real Food provides a comprehensive list of foods one CAN and cannot eat within a Real Food Lifestyle (and even hosts an online pledge for people to tackle different lengths of a Real Food Challenge).

Now that we’re all on the same page regarding what Real Food is and is not, my next post provides a sweeping overview of Our Real Food Journey: From the Beginning…

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