Start Getting Real... About Food

What is real food anymore?  Does it mean natural?  Does it mean organic?  Does it just mean from the earth?

I just had a vision of  Real World Season 1 when I wrote that title:) There's so much confusion on what to eat, where to buy, and most companies don't help by trying to secretly disguise products that contain sugar with the 57 aliases they use.

Natural doesn't mean anything!

 Straight From the FDA's website "From a food science perspective, it is difficult to define a food product that is 'natural' because the food has probably been processed and is no longer the product of the earth. That said, FDA has not developed a definition for use of the term natural or its derivatives. However, the agency has not objected to the use of the term if the food does not contain added color, artificial flavors, or synthetic substances."

Organic has more klout

If the label states "USDA Organic", "Certified Organic" which means that 95% of the ingredients must be free of synthetic additives including pesticides, chemical fertilizers & dyes, and must not be processed using industrial solvents, irradiation, or genetic engineering

Follow the rainbow

So, this might not be okay in fashion but in the case, it's okay... the more colors the better.  Visualize beets, radishes, carrots, kale, mixed with mushrooms & apples, and infused with the vibrant hues of blueberries and mangos.

Listen to your gut

You know your body better than anyone.  Does your skin breakout after eating certain foods?  Have you ever noticed that after a meal you wake up the next day, try on your favorite dress, and it's super tight?  Start paying attention to foods that make your thrive and foods that make you feel icky.  I know that rice makes me tired, processed sugar gives me horrible headaches, and I feel bloated after eating dairy.

Location, Location, Location

Don't you think it might be out of season if your fruit s& veggies need to be put in a truck, shipped across the ocean, stored in a warehouse, and then displayed in the produce section.  Visit your local farmers market on the weekends to pick up fresh produce or embrace urban farming.

Keep It Simple & Create A Plan

Reading labels is great but, you could literally spend all day looking up the 10 syllable names on each product.

  • If you can dig it up or pick it, then you can probably eat it
  • Always buy the dirty dozen organic
  • Spice it up
  • It's okay not to eat perfect, go by the 80/20 rule
  • If it takes you more than 5 minutes to just open the package there's something wrong
  • When in doubt eat fruits & veggies instead of not knowing what to eat, skipping lunch, and then going through a drive-thru on your way home because your dying of hunger.

You Reap What You Sow

Grab your Wellies and some stylish gardening gloves, pick up your hoe and start planting some needs to harvest in the summer.

Seeds to plant in March

  • Beets
  • Herbs
  • Lettuce
  • Onions
  • Peppers
  • Tomatoes
  • Broccoli

Bond with nature

You might have had an on-and-off relationship in the past, but now it's time to create a lasting relationship with nature.  Schedule some on-on-one time to ground yourself with the Earth.