Believe it or not, what you might think of as food might not be what you’re actually eating.
Technically, food is anything that your body can digest and turn into energy.
In that light, asking what food is really is obvious. It’s practically anything that we shove in our faces.
But for most of us, what we’re eating is not food – and it’s making us fat.
Think about what your grand parents grew up eating. They probably didn’t have lazy nights where they just pulled out a frozen pizza and threw it in the oven, as our busy schedules force us to do.
I remember my great-grand father telling me stories of the arrival of spring. After a long winter of eating potatoes, carrots and other root vegetables, they were bored with their fare, and who would blame them after months of that?
Each spring, the first plants to pop up out of the ground were dandelions. He and his brothers would eat as many of the leaves as they could before gathering many more to bring home for a big salad for dinner.
Today, with the exception of a few higher priced restaurants, dandelions are considered to be weeds, and not much else.
If my great-grandfather put that much value on them when he was a child, what does that say about our frozen pizza? Or our tasteless out of season vegetables that are available to us year-round? Or that microwave popcorn that comes in butter flavor – but really doesn’t taste like butter? Do you think, if my great-grandfather lived long enough, he would recognize that flavor as butter?
The food we consume today is barely recognizable as what people even fifty years ago might have considered edible. Food became fashionable. Creating new, unrecognizable ingredients became the fashionable thing to do.
Our food companies have stripped our food of nutrients, ground them down to tiny bits, and then mashed them back together with other stripped down ingredients, and given them new names to hide what they really are.
By doing this, our diets have more calories in less food, less nourishing properties that fight diseases, and we eat more of them because they’re less filling.
Real food is the opposite. Real food is nourishing. Real food has fewer calories for the same weight. Real food makes you feel fuller for longer.
Real food is recognizable. You know what an apple looks like, and the ingredient list in apple is well, apple.
Check your bag of butter flavored microwaveable popcorn. Sure, it has popcorn, but what else is on the list? Can you recognize those ingredients? Do you know where those ingredients came from?
The next time you’re at the grocery store, check the ingredients list. If it has more than 5 ingredients, don’t buy it. If you don’t know what two of those ingredients are, don’t buy it.
Chances are, it’s not real food.
Think about getting more whole foods like fresh produce into your diet. There are plenty of websites out there dedicated to creating not just passable, but great tasting recipes that involve whole foods.
The cleaner you eat, the more your body will love you.
Just some food for thought.