What is food? Theres real food and then there's “edible food-like substances”, to quote Michael Pollan.
Edible food-like substances are food items which appear to look and taste like food, but really are adulterated, processed and not good for the human organism. So, how can we tell what’s real and not? First, read the ingredient labels and become knowledgable with each name to decipher real from fake. The ingredient labels on food tells us what is in the food and what makes up the food.
What is real food? It’s nutritious, food that feeds our bodies for optimal health and proper growth. Real food is whole. It doesn’t contain nondescript ingredients. It’s fresh and healthy and not made in a lab.
What did our ancestors eat? They ate real food created by nature. Fresh food that wasn’t saturated in “artificial anythings” and chemicals to prevent microbes from eating it. Whole foods. Cooking food was an important part of their life as it fueled their family, bodies and kept them healthy. Time was spent on enjoying food with high levels of appreciation.
Why don’t we eat real food? Often it’s a time factor, we’re too busy. Other times is because we just don’t feel like cooking our own food. Finally, its because we formed a habit to rely on pre-packaged foods (due to convenience) instead of having a proper balance.
What can we do about this? Find real food, learn to cook, make the time to cook and eat it, enjoy & be healthy! Do what you can to make real food a part of your life. We owe it to ourselves to nourish our bodies.
- Keep a record of expenditure;
- Allow a definite percentage of your income for food and live within that amount;
- Steer away from buying foods which are not in season;
- Shop personally where possible;
- Gain a knowledge of food values and buy foods which include the main food essentials;
- Learn how to conserve the valuable vitamins and mineral salts in the preparation and cooking of foods.
Where can we get real food?
Good: Skim the perimeter of the supermarket (that’s generally where the freshest food is).
Better: Get your fruit and veggies, and meats, from local green grocers and butchers, respectively.
Best: Buy from organic shops and accredited farmer’s markets, CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) and Food Connect (see below for resources) and/or grow your own.
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