Happy first day of the week everyone! I am well rested from a long weekend and ready to get things cooking! I had the most memorably successful evening at my food premiere party and am filled with so much zeal for things to come. I woke up this morning and jumped out of bed with so much excitement for the day and it dawned on me…”So THIS is what it feels like to be living in your dream or passion?!” I am happy and thankful to be in a good place in my life, and I am going to ride this adventure out 🙂
Now getting back to the premise to today’s blog. I get asked this question all the time: “What do you mean real whole food…is that like diet food?” Well the answer can be yes, and no, so let me make the concept plain…
Whole food is REAL food that is all natural, wholesome, found in its most natural state, with no added preservatives, flavors, fillers, etc. It is pure and simple food – the basic building blocks from which we create all of our dishes. So this means all natural meats, eggs, cheeses, milk, vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, oils – and their derivatives – can be safely classified as whole foods, because they are real. It is that simple! What makes food “not real” is processed food that is meant to taste and look like their natural counterpart, with a percentage of whole food thrown in the mix for good measure, but are not. Take Velveeta, for instance. That is NOT real cheese, but we assume we need it to make a good macaroni and cheese! Instead, use real block cheese, grate it yourself, and you can really put the “cheese” back in macaroni and cheese. You get it 🙂
Now you might ask, “So how can I know I am getting real whole foods?” Read the labels, and shop the perimeter of the store as much as possible, for there is where you will find your meat section, dairy section, and produce section – the cornestones of your meals. If you must use canned or packaged foods absolutely make sure you are reading the labels and seeing the main food listed at the top, with no other unhealthy ingredients added to pump it up. As a rule, most real whole food products have very few ingredients in them. Real food is good food, and does not need anything added to it…for it is just good all by itself! I will be doing a blog soon on label reading to make it more easy to decipher.
Now that we got the concept of what we mean by whole and real food – we can build any diet we need for ourselves – whether it is just for comfort or to serve a health goal – like weight loss, etc. That’s the beauty of it – real food can do both! Our bodies assimilate whole foods better than processed foods, so we will reap many nutritional benefits regardless. It is HOW you prepare whole foods that makes the difference. Just because you got all natural chicken does not mean you have to deep fry it…although on a few occasions that would not be a bad idea. (Lol!) The key is to keep it balanced. Enjoy the plethora of all the good food God has given us here on earth, but do it responsibly. And for God’s sake, if you are going to have a burger and fries, make sure it is a real one with good ingredients like 100% pure ground meat, fresh vegetables, natural fresh cut potatoes, and a wholesome bun!
So you see, simply put, real food is whole food, and the possibilities are endless in what you can do with them. If you do nothing else in your life, make the commitment to ONLY use real whole foods from now on. Can you imagine going to your fridge and cupboard, opening it up, and seeing nature’s bounty staring right back at you? I live that reality everyday in my kitchen, and that is what every customer will get from “The Prepared Table 73” – a bounty full of God’s goodness!