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Eat Real Food, Not Junk Food

How to Recognize Real Food:

  • Does not need a label listing all the ingredients.
  • Celebrities don’t endorse it.
  • Tastes good and makes us feel good.
  • Usually rots or spoils quickly.
  • Provides us with fuel.
  • Has been grown on this earth.
  • Does not arrive through the window of your car.

Another reason why many people do not eat real food is the cost. Have you noticed that fruits and vegetables cost more than junk food? Some people use this fact to justify eating food that is not real.

Daphne Oz (daughter of Dr. Oz) looked over her receipts and noticed a trend: “The more heavily processed and artificial the food, the less expensive it was. How is it that something that you eat exactly the way it looks when it comes out of the ground or off a tree can cost more than something that went through a day and a half of mechanical digestion by heavy machinery?”

If real foods like fruits, vegetables, beans and oats seem tasteless now, you are probably eating stuff with too many additives, like sugar or salt. Processed or refined foods (candy, breakfast cereal, cakes, cookies, ice cream, canned soup, etc.) contain additives, sugar or salt and can create unnatural cravings. The best thing is to simply not eat them.

It is simple: Our body is real therefore we should feed it real food, not food that has been highly processed or created artificially. Our body was designed to eat real food that is whole and natural.

I love food! I am sure you do too. Strolling through the produce department seeing mountains of reds, greens, oranges and yellows is a wonderful experience.

Going to the farmers market is even more fun! This is real food grown by real people. They tell me that the cucumbers, lettuce and raspberries were picked early that morning. You can still smell the earth that these foods come from.

Paying at the grocery store is not as much fun: waiting among lines of moms, teenagers, and businessmen with their carts piled high with packages and cans. Is this food? Mostly it is dead food filled with chemicals, not real food. It is sad.

Real Food Recipes: Healthy sweet easy peasy recipes without chemicals and sugar:

Learn How To Cook and Prepare Real Food

I am so passionate about getting off junk food  that I offer Healthy Online Trainings where you get focused support in eating perfectly balanced healthy meals.

These  includes shopping lists, menus, video training, plus personal and group support.   Sometimes just knowing what to do is not enough.  A person has to feel  confident enough to do it easily.

How much real food are you eating?

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).


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7:38AM PST on Jan 18, 2013

Thank you, sharing this

8:22AM PDT on Jul 31, 2012

Interesting and informative.
Oh course many on lower income cannot afford some of the healthier foods-amazing that things that are healthier are often more expensive-things that are salt less often cost more than the included salt for one thing!
Often the junk food is less expensive--although these days they are charging a lot more for fast food than they used to!
Every now and then I will stop off at a fast food place for a change but for the most part I prefer to cook my food at home and try to avoid the overly processed stuff as it has little taste, at least to me.

8:33PM PDT on May 10, 2012

so many Americans have no idea of what unprocessed (real) food because they have never tasted it. Interesting article.

7:31PM PDT on Apr 28, 2012

very interesting, thanks

2:19PM PDT on Apr 26, 2012

Great article and useful reminder. Use of the word "food" implies nourishment and health, which junk food doesn't supply.
It's a statement of our times when we have the add the word 'real' to signify what we really mean.

9:37PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

I live in an area that has food "deserts", where a lot of people live on "real" potato chips, "real" ramen noodles, "real" candy bars, "real" spam, "real" potted meat, "real" soda pop and other "real" processed foods such as what is available in your friendly neighborhood quick stop. Obesity, diabetes and kidney dialysis are ubiquitous!

To all the naysayers, "Where's the beef?", so to speak.

Informative story! You're right! Thank you!

9:17PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

Oh, God, what double speak. Just because you call one food real and the other junk does not mean a damn thing, it is just words that You chose to make your point. Both are real food, granted one may be healthier than the other but just because food is processed does not make it synthetic, not real. The problem with what the author calls 'real' food is that it is more expensive because of loss, it does not keep, you have to shop almost every day to keep it in your house, producers and sellers lose a lot of money because they have to throw away tons of the stuff. The Consumer throws out large amounts of it because it simply rots when you get it home. Plus the so called 'real food' requires more preperation than 'jumk food', it requires more energy to prepare at home than junk food and in homes where utilitiy bill payments and rent are balance against food cost, lower cost food is going to win when you have to chose between heating the house or having a place to heat vs 'real' expensive food or cheap 'junk' food.

5:14PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

What on earth is real food today? It's all junk food loaded with additives, preventatives, chemical pesticide, insecticides and much more. Only way out is raise your own live stock, and to grow your own fruit and vegetables in your own back yard, then harvest as needed.

3:27PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012


2:58PM PDT on Apr 25, 2012

Just eat moderately all that you want. That's the way to go.

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