Issue 3 of Everyday Ways to Stress Less
Method #3 - Eat more ‘real’ food
What is real food? It’s food that is unprocessed or minimally processed. If you’re not sure, you can ask yourself if the food is something you would find in nature, would the food go bad in a few days, can you read the majority of ingredients?
Real food comes packaged with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and other nutrients our bodies need to thrive. These are the types of foods that give us energy instead of leaving us feeling hungry again a short time later.
They can also help with weight loss or maintenance as well as our overall health and feeling of wellbeing.
Reading nutrition labels is a great way to determine how "real" a food is, but deciphering them can be confusing and certainly time consuming. Because of this, I often recommend my clients use the app, Fooducate. You quickly scan the barcode and a grade will pop up as a rating for the item, plus the reason why it got that rating! I mainly focus on if it's "highly processed" or "minimally processed", and start learning what to look for in a label.
At a loss at where to start on your mission to find real foods? Here is my personal list of kitchen staples, things that are always good to have on hand.
What whole foods can you add to your diet this week? A great place to start is vegetables. Many people do not get enough veggies and they are super easy to incorporate into any meal. Here is my current favorite veggie-packed-meat-free meal!
P.S. Hungry for recipes to use your whole foods in? Here is my most popular recipe!