Below are the rules that I follow as I continue my path of eating healthy real food. A full list of simple, whole foods that your family will love and as well as things you should not be eating.
Eating real food sounds very simple, right? Well it is! After years of eating what I thought was healthy (though, usually meals missing a lot of nutrients), I finally realized that instead of cutting whole food groups out of my diet, (except gluten, which isn’t a food, I am celiac, so good-bye gluten but I will have a lot of other recipe ideas and if you’re like me, you won’t miss the gluten one bit), if I was to just eat real food, I would feel amazing!
We all think we are eating real food, but some of the things we chow down on aren’t even close to a food product. To give you an idea of what you can and cannot eat when you’re on your journey to real food nutrition, I made a list of what’s on my real food diet and let me be very clear, this isn’t a diet, it’s a way of eating so that you feel great, you thrive and you have the energy to keep up to the kids, life and have some fun on the side. It’s a lifestyle, you don’t ever stop eating real food, it’s for life.
What you CAN eat:
- Whole foods: a food that’s whole in its natural state. How nature produced it.
- Plenty of fresh fruit and vegetables: I buy from the farmer’s market or farm stands in the summer, at my local grocers during off months and frozen is a less expensive way to eat real food on a budget.
- All natural sweeteners: raw honey (we use unpasteurized honey from our local farmers but it can be found at most grocers), 100% REAL maple syrup, coconut sugar and fruit juice concentrates. These should be used in moderation.
- Dairy: milk, cream, butter, unsweetened yogurt, eggs and cheese. We use whole fat products as much as possible and within moderation.
- 100% Whole Grains: you can find real whole grain breads in your grocer’s bakery or make your own. There’s plenty of whole grain pastas and cereals as well. This includes popcorn!
- Healthy Fats: butter, extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil and natural fat from food (milk, meat).
- Meats and seafood: locally raised beef, chicken and pork is best. Look for wild fish (not farm raised) for the most nutritious options. Eat in moderation as well.
What you CANNOT eat:
- No refined grains: no white flour (or products of), no white rice and the product must say “whole grain or whole wheat” not “wheat” to be acceptable.
- No deep-frying: using healthier ways to cook your favourite foods.
- No refined sugars: no white sugar, no types of corn syrup, no artificial sweeteners and no cane juice.
- No fast foods: fast food junk isn’t REAL food, check the labels!
- No prepackaged food with more than 5 ingredients: nothing from a can, jar or box that has more than 5 ingredients on the label.
It doesn’t matter what eating plan you follow (vegan, vegetarian included) you have to take the steps to eating real food in order to thrive. You’ll notice a big change in how your whole family feels when they are eating good whole foods.
Please leave a comment below if you have any questions about the rules to eating real food.