I have just recently decided to start a closed Facebook group called Family Nutrition Mission whereby I advocate to eat REAL FOOD and to ditch pseudo foods coming in plastic packets that have been manufactured in plants on industrial scale.
Reason – real food is rich in nutrients, often free of chemical additives and mostly unprocessed, while ready-to- eat foods are of low nutritional value and full of salt, sugar and unhealthy, cheap, processed fats.
By creating the Family Nutrition Mission group I want to emphasize that following diet based on real food may be the most important thing you can do to see positive changes in your health, to maintain good health, reaching optimal weight for your body and maintain high quality of life.
So, here are some arguments to love REAL FOOD again:
1) Whilst the unprocessed animal and plant foods contain variety of vitamins and minerals we need for optimal health, it is nearly impossible to overdose on them. Just one cup of broccoli or red peppers contain more than 100% of the RDI (Recommended Daily Allowance) of vitamin C. On the other hand, with synthetically derived supplements you should watch the dose plus bare in mind that not all of them are produced equally so you may just end up producing expensive urine without getting the promised benefit.
2) Real food is mostly low in sugar (just watch out for dry fruits like dates and raisins!). Even though fruit contain naturally occurring sugar, it is also high in water, fibre and it is much less concentrated than sugar in fizzy drinks and processed foods.
3) It is high in fibre helping you feel more satisfied with fewer calories, improves digestive functions and helps control blood sugar.
4) It is heart-friendly thanks to healthy fats and antioxidants it contains. Diet rich in nutritious, unprocessed foods is known to have anti-inflammatory effect, which is believed to be one of the major drivers of heart disease as well as auto-immune conditions like Rheumatoid Arthritis. What’s more including unprocessed foods such as fatty fish, nuts, seeds, grass-fed free-range meats and vegetables has been shown to significantly reduce triglyceride levels, a known risk factor for cardiovascular disease.
5) “Variety is a spice of life” – there are vast options of different real foods, making your daily diet not only exciting but also nutritious providing with different vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, phytonutrients, etc. You should try and make a point introducing real food you have never tasted before like chia seeds, kefir, moringa powder, lucuma or baobab.
6) Junk food, ready meals, take-outs may appear to be cheaper however in the long run they are not, if you take into consideration the cost of managing chronic diseases such as diabetes and obesity.
Let’s love REAL FOOD again. Start buying ingredients and not meals, and cook nutritious meals from scratch. I encourage you to join the group https://www.facebook.com/groups/120299485107071 if you are not part of it yet so we can spread that love together and inspire one another.