There is so much information out there about diet & let’s face it there are a lot of people who fancy themselves as experts. Seriously, it gets confusing & honestly more than a bit overwhelming – I mean keto, paleo, grain free, intermittent fasting, FODMAPS, AIP – the list goes on (& on & on).
Truly, everyone is different – so a diet that works for me, won’t necessarily work for you. It is about choices. Yup, whether we want to believe it or not there are a lot of factors influencing our food choices. THINK family, peer pressure, religion, income, education, allergies, our values, even our general wellbeing will affect our choices..
Even if we take all those influences into account, the best advice is to eat real food. Sometimes you will hear it referred to as whole food. Real or whole, it is food in it’s natural state. If it is unprocessed or minimally processed, then that has to be a good thing! Make this a key part of your eating plan, the cornerstone or pillar if you like.
Why? Real food delivers loads of benefits for your body – micronutrients give you your vitamins & minerals, whilst the macronutrients deliver protein, carbohydrates & fats, plus fibre. There is a wide range of foods to choose from such as, fruit & vege, fresh herbs, whole grains (choose no or minimally processed grains), nuts & seeds, dairy (again minimal processing). Plus, there is unprocessed meats or fish, even eggs, & legumes. This is great a pattern of eating because you are looking at a lifestyle diet with NO added fats, sugar, salt or additives.
Another benefit of eating this way, is that you are more likely to get your recommended 5 serves of vege in each day! Additionally, you are also more likely to eat in season which means you can eat fresh local produce & not items which have loads of miles on them due to road transport or time spent in storage. Often once you start eating this way, you will naturally reduce your intake of processed foods.
Unsure where to head to pick up more whole or real foods. Farmers markets are a great place, so too is the local fruit & vege shop, or your butcher, even the fishmonger will have some great options. Honestly, even the supermarket, just make sure to shop the edges where the fresh stuff is!
There are so many health benefits for eating this way & seriously, your body will love it.