Disappearance of real.simple.food
How has it become so difficult to find real, simple food?
Why is it nearly impossible to purchase a quality snack at a corner store?
Food manufacturers and marketers love to tell us that we need convenience foods. That our life is simply too busy. That we can't possibly have time to cook food. So they’ve got it covered.
And despite what food marketers tell us, their boxes and packages of products are convenient for time, but not for health.
What’s real food?
It’s protein from animals. Preferably animals who were allowed to graze on fields, nibble on bugs and swim in rivers.
It’s fat from animals. Preferably from animals who were grass-fed, pasture-raised and wild-caught.
It's fat from cold-pressed whole foods, like coconuts and olives. Preferably from organic sources, and not treated with pesticides.
It’s fruits and vegetables grown in mineral-rich soil. Preferably not treated with pesticides or fertilizers.
It's a diverse plate of vegetables, starchy roots & tubers. Preferably picked up from a farmer down the road.
Glory of the supermarket
Supermarkets provide us the opportunity to eat everything – anything and everything all year around. Strawberries in December – yep, you can probably find them!
Buying produce out of season equates to long ship times and increased fuel costs. This leaves us with a big price tag, less vibrant flavors and less nutrition.
Here’s an example of nutrient degradation:
Vitamin C is a very sensitive and often unstable vitamin.
Vitamin C degrades after harvest, and continues to degrade during storage. The loss of Vitamin C in 7 days range from 15% for green peas to 77% for green beans (1).
How do we avoid nutrient degradation? Buy local!
Before the Store Shelves – REAL FOOD
Before the rise of agriculture and supermarkets, we consumed real food -- plants, vegetables, freshly-caught fish, roaming animals and fruit.
These real foods were full of nutrient-dense vitamins, minerals and macronutrients of an optimal ratio.
While most of us cannot recreate daily hunting and gathering, we can shop for fresh, local, nutrient-dense food!
3 Tips to Real Food Recovery
Want nutrients? Buy fresh!
The best way to buy fresh real food is to buy from your neighbor, or farmer!
If you aren’t familiar with local CSAs, farmer’s markets or farms – check out Local Harvest.
If it’s the winter or off-season at your favorite farmer’s markets, refine your search to “farms” and visit a local farm for meat & produce. Some farms will deliver drops to local areas during the off-season.
Seasonal eating forces us to explore new and different produce, and keeps us out of that dreaded real food rut.
Grab a variety of vegetables and don’t be afraid to try something new!
With the advent of the internet, finding new recipes is pretty convenient – there are no excuses to not try something new!
If you’re shopping at the farmer’s market, ask a farmer about their favorite method to prepare a vegetable.
Farmers are most likely cooking with their own fruits and vegetables. Use their experience and knowledge to learn something new!
Not sure what’s in season?
Or curious if a vegetable found at your farmer’s market is truly grown local?
Check out Sustainable Table to find what’s seasonal in your state and season. Select your state and month and find out!
Eating real food takes preparation and some time in the kitchen, but the benefits are so worth it. Your life will thank you!