It has occurred to me that a lot of people don't eat real food. In fact, they eat a lot of fake stuff.
1a: material consisting essentially of protein, carbohydrate, and fat used in the body of an organism to sustain growth, repair, and vital processes and to furnish energy; also: such food together with supplementary substances (as minerals, vitamins, and condiments)b: inorganic substances absorbed by plants in gaseous form or in water solution2: nutriment in solid form
3: something that nourishes, sustains, or supplies <food for thought>
Food is any substance consumed to provide nutritional support for the body. It is usually of plant or animal origin, and contains essential nutrients, such as carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, or minerals. The substance is ingested by an organism and assimilated by the organism's cells in an effort to produce energy, maintain life, or stimulate growth.
Whoa! What??? supplied by the food industry??? INDUSTRY?? Somehow I don't think they are talking about Old MacDonald down the road with his grass-fed cows, organic lettuce and apples.... While farmers fall under the primary sector for industry, note they are comparing industry of today to the gathering methods and agriculture of yesterday. This is where the problem lies.
Real food should nourish your body WITHOUT causing health problems. Just as the definitions above state, food should sustain and has the ability to repair the body. Doritos don't heal your body. Neither do Twinkies. Real food should come from Old MacDonald's farm, not the big industry that processes his produce and puts it into a Campbell's soup can laden with preservatives and additives and MSG that I've talked about in my post The Truth About MSG. Real food doesn't come with an ingredient label.
Douglas and Melissa Hartwig talk about what food is and what your standards for real food should be in their book It Starts With Food. The standards we should have for real food, according to Melissa and Doug, are that foods we eat should promote a healthy psychological response (obviously MSG does not do that), a healthy hormonal response (dairy products pumped full of antibiotics and hormones will not do that), support a healthy gut, and support immune function and minimize inflammation.
You will not meet these food standards if you are consuming processed foods each day. You will not reach optimal health. You are bound for health problems. You will not feel the best you can feel.