If you are somebody willing to change your lifestyle but you are perplexed where to start, I will give you a couple advices how to recognize real food:
1.Real food grows and dies, it can’t be created- it is a product of nature more than a product of industry or man.
2.Real food doesn’t come in a fancy package– if it looks fancy on the outside, if it says it is the newest and best product on the market, chances are it is not good for you!
3.Real food isn’t aired in commercials– real food does not get a lot of attention by the marketing world.
4.Real food doesn’t look like it was just painted by a perfectionist artist– if it is the perfect apple, without any hits and wholes, if it looks like a picture from Disney world…well, YES-IT’S NOT REAL FOOD!
5.Real food does not have labels– as I already said, real food doesn’t come in a package, so it doesn’t need a label.
6.Real food doesn’t have ingredients and as Michael Pollan says, “Don’t eat anything that has more than five ingredients.” And if you can’t pronounce them, chances are, it’s probably not real food.
7.Real foods aren’t low in something; or high in something; they don’t have added sugar, added vitamins or other similar claims. Real food is just what it is. A yogurt is a yogurt- not a low-fat yogurt. A real fruit juice is just a fruit juice and does not have added minerals that are healthy for your children.
8.Real food is just the stuff that God put on this earth for us to eat before science started jacking it all up- it is the food that exists from thousands years, not some chemical made up food that claims to be nutritious.
9.Real food is the stuff you find on the periphery and in the bulk aisle of the supermarket.
And here are the five questions you should ask yourself, in order to find out if it is real food:
1.Do you know what it looked like in nature? How would a hamburger look in the wild?
If your answer is “yes” then go ahead and buy it. If it is “no” then put it back on the shelve and try again.
2.Does it come in a package?
If your answer is “yes”-buy it. If not…well, you already know what to do!
3.Does this food get rotten or could you keep it on your shelves for a month or more?
If your answer is “yes” we are good to put it in the shopping cart, if not pick something else!
4.Did you see the food you are buying on last night’s commercials while you were watching TV?
If you did…well, you better leave it right where you picked it from!
5.Does it contain ingredients that my grandmother couldn’t pronounce even if she writes them down a few pages for homework?
If your answer is “yes” it is not real food. Don’t buy it-don’t eat it!
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