Defining Real Food

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Food isn’t complicated and was never intended to be.

Before big businesses decided to produce massive amounts of products with loads of cheap corn, sugar, and oils and call it “food,” people had to eat something. Before big food business, people enjoyed eating food that nourished their families! Families had the pleasure of growing and gathering, cooking and eating. There was no talk of fat-free products, cookies, crackers, and breads with extended shelf-life.

What is real food?

“Real food is wholesome and nourishing. It is simple, unprocessed, whole food. Real food is pure and unadulterated, sustained yet unchanged by man.” From Keeper of the Home

“In the simplest explanation, traditional foods focused on four basic principles: 1) avoidance of modern, refined foods; 2) celebration of unrefined, whole and natural foods; 3) respecting the importance of nutrient-density in our food and 4) preparing and eating foods in the same manner that nourished our ancestors and kept them well. In essence, if your great-great-great-great-great-great grandmother wouldn’t recognize it, don’t put it in your mouth.” From Nourished Kitchen

Micheal Pollan advises, “Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.”

Real Food is about food that has withstood traditions.  Food which previous generations ate and enjoyed in their unprocessed state.

What does real nourishing food look like? 

Grass Fed, Pastured Meats: Meaning animals that have been raised and fed as they were intended when created, with grass underneath and the sun overhead. Using all parts of the animal including the bones for nourishing broths. Chicken, beef, lamb, pork, and wild game.

Eggs: From chickens that have been pastured, roaming free with lots of sunlight.

Fats: Such as: butter from grass fed cows, unrefined coconut oil, ghee, extra virgin olive oil, tallow, and lard.

Grains and Legumes: Whole grains, beans, nuts, and seeds. If you can’t tolerate grains, grain-free flour substitutes such as: almond and coconut flour can be used for baking.

Fruits and Veggies: Preferably in season and grown as locally as possible and using organic practices. Including lots of fresh herbs.

Dairy: Raw (or low heat pasteurized) and full fat from grass fed cows (or goats or sheep). Anytime you see the words low-fat or fat-free you know a lot of junk has been added to make up for the nourishing healthy fats.  This would include: milk, cheese, sour cream, yogurt, kefir, cream cheese, cottage cheese. Read more about raw milk.

Salt: Real, unrefined salt that hasn’t been stripped of its nourishing minerals. I use Real Salt.

Seafood: Fish raised in the wild versus a fish farm.

Sweeteners: As close to the natural state as possible, such as raw honey (local honey is always preferable due to its health benefits), pure maple syrup, and sugars such as sucanat. Learn more about Sweeteners 101

It’s been a long journey (one we are still on), but this is how our family eats today. Stop by and read our story!

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