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What Is Real Food to You?

7 Guidelines to Get a “Real Food” Program Going:

1. Don’t eat food products containing ingredients that are unpronounceable.
2. Shop at the farmer’s market or grow your own food if you can. Your food will be fresher and have the most nutrition–with zero preservatives.
3. Eat Mostly plants, particularly, lots of greens.
4. Do not eat food products that make health claims. Most of these processed food claims are untrustworthy. Remember those margarine claims about it being so good for us? Then we found out margarine was giving people heart attacks.
5. Pay more for the best nutritious food you can find.  This will sometimes mean buying organic. Much of the population who are overweight are eating way too much. They would do better health-wise not just by eating less food, but foods with a higher nutritional value. Eating real food gives the body what it truly craves: more nutrition.
6. Learn to cook your own healthy meals. It’s fun! You do not need to be a rocket scientist to make simple healthy meals like I do.
7. Eat a wide variety of real foods. Try adding new vegetables or fruits. You will get a wider spectrum of nutrition.

Want to learn more? Check out excerpts from my ebook in the article  Green Means Lean

What Do Your Consider Real? Please leave your comments below!


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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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10:07AM PDT on Apr 25, 2013


4:26AM PDT on Apr 25, 2013

If its lived then mostly its good for you. If its got numbers on the label, then think twice and if you are still confused then return it to the shelf and learn the codes that are on packets etc.

Code free is good. vitamin packed is excellent. Smell and visuals tempt your taste buds.

if its looks real and you can identify what is is or where it began or what it was then usually its good.

10:44AM PDT on Apr 21, 2013

Thanks for the article, we eat a mainly raw food diet with the odd cooked food when we fancy it and try not to do that too often.We feel better for eating this way.We really notice the poor effect on our systems when we eat any thing processed.

11:47AM PDT on Apr 19, 2013

Thank you!

4:42PM PDT on Apr 17, 2013

Thanks for the article.

5:54AM PDT on Apr 14, 2013

Thank you Diana, for Sharing this!

6:45AM PDT on Apr 13, 2013

Thank you for sharing...

3:23AM PDT on Apr 13, 2013


1:43AM PDT on Apr 13, 2013

I've never cared for all that junky, processed food either. I just don't understand how some people can live on it (adults, anyway).

11:50PM PDT on Apr 12, 2013

Loving it real :-) thank you

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