Real Food

I love food. I love buying it, cooking it, and eating it… preferably with lots of loved ones around my table enjoying it too!  One of my main goals as a Health Coach, RN, and cook is to get people cooking good food made with real ingredients in their kitchen again.  There are so many food rules and different diets to try that it can get kind of confusing, but I believe if people would start cooking and eating simple, real, unprocessed food as the bulk of their intake, we would all see a vast improvement in our health and wellbeing.  Your choices are powerful and there are some food terms that I will be using a lot as I write so I thought it would be helpful to define them for you!  These are some essential principles I try my best to live by, and I hope that you will too! Let’s get healthy by eating real, local, and sustainable food together. Thank you for checking out my blog!

Organic - Simply stated, organic produce and other ingredients are grown without the use of pesticides, synthetic fertilizers, sewage sludge, genetically modified organisms, or ionizing radiation. Animals that produce meat, poultry, eggs, and dairy products do not take antibiotics or growth hormones. 

http://www.organic.org/home/faq 

Pastured/pasture raised meat - Indicates the animal was raised on a pasture and that it ate grasses and food found in a pasture, rather than being fattened on grain in a feedlot or barn. Pasturing livestock and poultry is a traditional technique that allows animals to be raised in a humane and ecologically sustainable manner and produces meat, dairy, and eggs that have a higher nutritional value compared to animals fed grains, soy, corn, and help in a cramped and filthy barn or feedlot. This is basically the same as grass-fed, though the term pasture-raised indicates more clearly that the animal was raised outdoors on pasture.

http://www.sustainabletable.org/248/sustainable-livestock-husbandry

GMOs- or “genetically modified organisms” are organisms whose genetic material has been artificially manipulated in a laboratory through genetic engineering, or GE.

http://www.nongmoproject.org/learn-more/what-is-gmo/

Local Food System- a method of food production and distribution that is geographically localized, rather than national and/or international. Food is grown (or raised) and harvested close to consumers' homes, then distributed over much shorter distances than is common in the conventional global industrial food system. In general, local/regional food systems are associated with sustainable agriculture, while the global industrial food system is reliant upon industrial agriculture.

http://www.sustainabletable.org/254/local-regional-food-systems

Sustainable Agriculture- the production of food, fiber, or other plant or animal products using farming techniques that protect the environment, public health, human communities, and animal welfare.  This form of agriculture enables us to produce healthful food without compromising future generations' ability to do the same.

http://www.sustainabletable.org/246/sustainable-agriculture-the-basics

I know there’s a lot to cover here so you can follow the links to learn more and I look forward to writing about these topics in even greater detail soon.  Let’s start eating food that is good for our bodies, the earth, the animals, and our taste buds!  I’m going to give you tools to get healthy by eating real, local, and sustainable food that helps you flourish and feel good.