So what is "Real Food"?
Todays post is an introduction to real food and how we can make the healthiest choice when it comes to choosing what foods we put on our plate and inevitably into our bodies and why, here at Fortune Fitness: Powered by EC.PT, we talk about it so much.
To begin, the food we eat can be categorically grouped into three sections;
Until approximately 200 years ago, we as a species have eaten exclusively from the first two categories mentioned above.
These foods are located, generally, on the outskirts of the supermarket. It’s the produce you find in the fruit and vegetables section, your local butcher, the dairy section (being careful of the ingredients list) and the bread isle (again, being wary of what was used to make the bread. A local bakery would be a better choice).
This is a great start when taking steps in changing your habits and learning how to fuel your body with high value, nutritionally dense food.
And eating real food can work for any health and fitness goal because;
If you’re someone who sweats at the thought of counting macros or you really don't have the time to count calories, this is a great way to reduce your calorie intake (be it minimally at first), add essential macronutrients to your diet and start your healthier eating journey without mathematical equations.
Supplementation is definitely something we value also, but its necessity is reduced when taking a "real foods" approach to our meals. And we pick our supplements carefully, choosing the most natural forms we can find.
It may seem daunting at first.
“What do you mean I shouldn’t have a can of coke with my McChicken meal?”
But I can almost guarantee that once you experience the changes physically and mentally after adopting this way of eating, you’ll be kicking yourself for not trying it sooner. Give it a week (or 4) and see the difference it makes for yourself.
Disclaimer: Information provided in this post is based off of research, results based data collected from author and nutrition organisations world wide, scientific data and personal application of suggested nutritional guide. Drastic changes in diet can result in withdrawals and withdrawal like symptoms. Not intended for medical prescription. Although the "Real Food" application of nutrition has seen drastic improvement in over all health and training performance in individuals world wide, always seek professional medical advice before making drastic changes to lifestyle, food or exercise.
Information for post- food categories, sourced from David Gillespie's "Eat Real Food", food biology journals and results-based research carried out by author.
Elyse and Marty