The Three Rules of Real, Healthy Food

So, in a nutshell – eat real, healthy food! It’s really that simple. Eating real, healthy food with help you achieve health, happiness and longevity.

While it really is that simple, maybe you are not entirely certain what is considered real food or what would be considered healthy food.

First Rule of Real, Healthy Food: Nutrient Density

Think of every meal or snack you eat as an opportunity to provide raw materials for your body. Choose foods that are rich in nutrients from the following:

  1. Protein
  2. Fat (saturated fat included)
  3. Carbohydrates
  4. Vitamins
  5. Minerals
  6. Phytonutrients
  7. Enzymes
  8. Water

When you think of nourishing your body obviously quality matters! Generally quality sources of nutrients will be organic and when it comes to sources of protein from the animal kingdom, fish or fowl, they will have been raised as close to their nature as possible. Include as many of the organs as you can stomach as possible.

Dark or brightly colored vegetables should be included at every meal with fruits and legumes (if tolerated) used more sparingly.

Broths are an important source of body-building nutrients.

Second Rule of Real, Healthy Food: Choose Natural

It seems like these days the world natural is appearing on everything. The phrase “all natural” appears on many product packages and an mean just about anything because it isn’t regulated by the FDA. Anything derived from plants, animals or elements found on planet Earth could theoretically be considered natural but an important distinction is it’s the process of extraction or transformation that’s unnatural. When you chemically or structurally alter food ingredients into a form that no longer appears anywhere in nature, it’s no longer natural!

So what does ‘Choose Natural’ mean? Just this – food should be as close to the form found in nature as possible. It should not be refined, processed, hydrolyzed, autolyzed or extruded.

Most of the packaged and processed foods in a supermarket are predominately highly processed sugar, flour, vegetable oils and are low in nutrient value or completely devoid of nutrients.

Ingredient Lists should be no longer than about 5 items and each ingredient should only have one word – any time and ingredient is proceeded by one of more qualifiers it is most likely no longer natural.

Milk should not be pasteurized and homogenized – choose raw milk, cheese and other dairy products.

Third Rule of Real, Healthy Food: Choose Clean

If you’re following the first two rules then you will likely already be taking care of the third rule also. Avoid or reduce your consumption of foods that cause cellular damage, inflammation or hormonal derangement.

Avoid any preservatives and additives.

Choose products in glass whenever possible – avoid cans which are lined with chemicals.

Choosing clean sources of nutrients will likely eliminate many of the most common foods and beverages you may be consuming daily:

  1. Pesticide and Insecticide-laden vegetables and fruits
  2. Vegetables oils and partially hydrogenated fats (includes canola, sunflower, soybean and safflower oils)
  3. Canned foods
  4. Soy products
  5. Highly processed foods like luncheon meats, hot dogs and sausages
  6. Factory-farmed protein sources like beef and chicken
  7. Genetically modified foods

A growing body of evidence has shown that genetically modified foods cause allergies, immune reactions, liver problems, sterility and even death.

Benefits of Eating Real, Healthy Food

If you consistently eat foods that nourish your cells, avoid toxins that cause cellular damage or inflammation and support your body with enough rest, physically activity, a healthy environment and spending time with people and endeavors that fill you with a sense of contentment – health, happiness and longevity are easy to achieve.

This post was shared at The Healthy Home Economist.

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About the Author:

Candice is a certified Holistic Lifestyle Coach living in sunny San Diego, California with her husband and seven year old daughter. She is passionate about nutrition and holistic health and sharing what she has learned and continues to learn with others who want to achieve health and vitality.