Food and nutrition are such hot topics right now. Sugar, carbs, fats. What to eat, what not to eat. There’s so much information at our finger tips, it’s little wonder we’re left feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what to do. Then we consider our role as parents. Our natural inclination is to school ourselves on what we consider best for our children. We have a natural inclination to want to “get it right” for them. So how do we navigate our way to a position of certainty, in a time when all the food norms we’ve grown up accepting to be best are being spun on their heads? How do we keep our own heads from spinning out of control?
I think it comes down to two words – Real Food. If we keep these two words in mind whenever we’re making food choices for our family then we really can’t go wrong. Real food is anything that exists naturally – nuts, seeds, fruits, vegetables, natural oils, eggs. As famous writer Michael Pollan so beautifully put it “Food made by a plant not in a plant” Of course meat, poultry and fish, if you’re not vegetarian, are also great examples of real food too.
There’s a global food revolution taking place, an awakening if you will. We are learning more and more about the connection between a sugar laden diet and chronic (preventable) disease such as Type 2 diabetes. We are learning more and more about the influence sugar, preservatives, colourings and additives have on our children’s behaviour and their ability to learn and concentrate. We are learning more and more about the correlation between good/bad diet and good/bad gut health and the impact this has on our overall physical and mental health. We are learning more and more about how, if we strip our diets right back and commit to making as many real food choices as possible, we can eliminate things like Type 2 diabetes, allergies and behavioural issues and allow our bodies to function and serve us as they were designed to.
For me it’s an exciting time, we’re resetting the clock and going back to basics. For me, real food makes sense, it inspires me. Food is our fuel it makes sense to choose the fuel that lets us perform at our best. I’m further inspired by my children, everyday I’m motivated to make real food their norm.
Here are a couple of real food tips from my home kitchen:
It doesn’t have to be earth moving and it’s certainly not rocket science it’s just two words that together, make so much sense – Real Food, guaranteed to be great for your family’s health. Now that’s some marketing you can trust!!