The Death + Revival of Real Food

The death of real food is among us. We can see it everywhere we go.

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We are losing home cooked meals with real, whole foods ingredients used, and gaining more and more packaged and processed, frozen or prepared ready-to-go meals.

According to Mark Hyman, MD: "The slow insidious displacement of home cooked and communally shared family meals by the industrial food system has fattened our nation and weakened our family ties. In 1900, 2 percent of meals were eaten outside the home. In 2010, 50 percent were eaten away from home and one in five breakfasts is from McDonald’s. Most family meals happen about three times a week, last less than 20 minutes and are spent watching television or texting while each family member eats a different microwaved “food.” More meals are eaten in the minivan than the kitchen."

Shockingly, we are also losing the ingredients themselves, through industrialization of our food, the biodiversity of crops, the herbicide and pesticide-laden farms, toxic water systems, the over-harvesting of our rainforests, and commercializing of animals.

It wasn't always like this.

How did we get here?

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After the World Wars, and the movement to “Feed the World” they created an abundance of food-like substances, excess calories and a staggering increased food waste, which has further escalated problems like the big guys getting their hands on the food-processing factories - all the way to combining economics and politics like our big fight of why genetically modified organisms are in our foods and why we are being kept in the dark about their ability to be labelled, and where's their safety guarantee?

Wow. And then there's turning on the TV.

... and seeing the billboards, magazine ads, facebook ads, packaged food labels.... Food products marketing is EVERYWHERE (and the majority of it is completely untrue, like sugar-laden cereals being marketed as healthy.)

Pro Insight: if a product screams that its healthy, it most likely is not.

Trying to find real ingredients is HARD. It takes consistent time, more money, and more dedication. The knowledge through our ancestors is being lost. We have “no time” to cook, shop for groceries, learn the basics.

Our world changed. Women went to work.  Not everyone was taught how to cook from our mothers (they worked full time too or they never learned) and thus are lacking the skills.

Basic skills. Basic skills like selecting healthy food, how to pick fresh food, how to chop, cook and prepare food that isn't pre-mixed in a box or frozen package for us.

So we are eating food like substances. Day in, day out. Junk in, junk out.

Even though our body hasn't evolved, we still require the same vitamins, minerals, fiber and enzymes from real food that we did 100 years ago, we just aren't getting enough of it.

So our bodies' are suffering.

We are also working more (and raising families with extra-curriculars, and being on social media, and volunteering, and staying fit, and having pets, and staying social, etc etc) We are high-strung, stressed and worried.

The science of our body, including both physiological and biochemistry aspects shows that our body as a whole is a wonderfully precise and adaptable being. Anything that Nature produces, seems to be perfect, resilient, and nourishing. The body can withstand a phenomenal amount of abuse, and the body’s homeostasis processes regardless help maintain this internal equilibrium involuntarily. We can go wayyy off track, take in lots of toxins, have mineral deficiencies, loads of stress and the body just makes it work. Incredible, right?

How do us Holistic Nutritionists' come in to the picture, if the body is just dealing with it fine?

The thing is, it can only deal with so much.

There is a tipping point. The top of the barrel, overflowed.

One toke over the line, sweet Jesus.

Then a realization...

It happens ... and we realize that all those signals our body were giving us before were warning signs, and we didn't listen.

The pain, the diagnosis. That's our barrel overflowing.

We can get un-stuck with the help of conventional medicine, and then turn to alternative routes for aid with all the other things: stress, mineral deficiencies, exercise, massage, water intake, aiding the liver + kidneys, social aspects, food-accessibility aid, therapeutic foods, beautiful herbs, emotional help and more. So much more, get your barrel back to a 'deal-able' amount. An amount that our amazing body can then properly deal with.

Let's bring real food back to life, please.

This includes:

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  • eating a healthy diet of a variety of whole, real foods found locally, at farmers' markets or farm stands
  • buy less convenience foods, and make more foods at home 
  • adopt healthful attitudes (work with your mindset so you can make REAL changes)
  • understand your emotional links with food to curb cravings for junk food ('food' that plumps up the Big Guys' wallets, and lessen your bodies' nourishment intake, lose-lose)
  • if you find a local farmer, stand, CSA, shop or practice that you love, share it with your family and friends so they can get in on it too!
  • find easy sources of real food, that are accessible and affordable. Define your priorities + stick with them

Even though the death of real food is among us and we can see it everywhere we go; together let's bring back a generation of conscious people who care about the environment, their health, home-cooked meals with real ingredients, who take the responsibility and steps to balance their symptoms and give love to their bodies.

The movement is here. Join us.

xo,

-R