Food Vs. Food Products

It has occurred to me that a lot of people don't eat real food. In fact, they eat a lot of fake stuff.

 Those are sort of bold statements, I know.  I know a lot of people will argue with me.  I don't mean to offend. Really I don't.  But I've done a lot of reading on this subject and experimenting and this is my conclusion.  I'd like my readers to take a few minutes and think about this. 
DO you eat FOOD? you eat food PRODUCTS?
Processed Foods
Well, first---- what exactly IS food?
The Merriam Webster Online Dictionary lists the following definitions for Food:
a:  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 solution
:  nutriment in solid form
:  something that nourishes, sustains, or supplies <food for thought>
Wikepedia writes this:

Food is any substance[1] 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.

Historically, people secured food through two methods: hunting and gathering, and agriculture. Today, most of the food energy consumed by the world population is supplied by the food industry.

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.

Now don't get me wrong.  It's not that you won't find ANY ingredient labels in my kitchen.  I'm not perfect.  I am human and I do like the occasional fast treat.  But my labels are minimal compared to the other foods in my kitchen. The majority of my grocery cart is filled with produce and grass-fed or organic meats and wild caught fish.   I'm encouraging you, for the nourishment and health of your body, to lower the amount of processed foods that come with ingredient labels into your home.  And, if you do bring those items into your home, read the ingredients, ponder over them... minimize the ones you buy with artificial ingredients and minimize how many of them you bring into your home and consume each day.  You don't have to do it overnight (though your body would later thank you)...but try to improve.

Challenge yourself. 

Buy a couple more vegetables this week.  Buy a couple less processed snacks and grab a bag of organic apples or a bag of nuts instead. Start your day out with some free-range chicken eggs and sautéed vegetables instead of a bowl of processed cereal. Make your own soup instead of opening a can.  What are you going to do to strive to eat more read food instead of more food products??

 Be well  🙂

7 thoughts on “Food Vs. Food Products

  1. DEBtastic Reads!

    My husband and I, after reading Mark Bittman's FOOD MATTERS and VEGAN BEFORE 6:00 have started scrutinizing food labels. It makes grocery shopping a bit more of a chore, but it's worth the effort. I'd like to find more non-GMO products in the store, too. We have made a commitment to eliminating all junk food from our diets (including anything with HFCS in it). 🙂

    1. orthodoxmom3

      Glad to hear more people are beginning to scrutinize! It's so important. GMO products scare me. I'm convinced they are more hazardous than we even imagine. We have avoided corn syrup probably about 95% of the time and have avoided HFCS or the past 7 years or more as well!

  2. lillbjorne

    Hmm! It is a challenge! I got very interested in real food when I read "Nourishing Traditions" by Sally Fallon about 5 years ago... but I'm not sure I've made a great deal of progress since then. I do read the labels though, and we're trying to avoid the junk - I do have good intentions! 🙂

    1. orthodoxmom3

      I'm glad to hear you are trying. I have the Nourishing Traditions cookbook - In fact I finally recently made my own beef stock following that recipe as a guideline. Take small steps if the big ones are too hard. Set a new goal each month or week. Every little bit helps but bigger is better when it comes to steps to our health! Best wishes!!

  3. The Garners

    We try to shop the outside of the store where the food is less processed, and buy locally grown veggies, grass-fed beef, cage free eggs etc. We do our own bone broth too!

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