The mission of this blog is to provide free information and resources about what “healthy eating” really is and raise awareness of common mainstream beliefs about healthy food and diets that are not necessarily true. If you are determined to start living better, change your diet for good and permanently lose weight, then this is the place to start.
The real meaning of “healthy eating”
Slimming temporary diets are pointless and do you know why? Because they are TEMPORARY and you gain the weight back as soon as you are done with it. Your goal shouldn’t be to lose weight, your goal should be to embrace a healthier lifestyle and with time the weight will be lost seamlessly for life. There is no quick fix, no pill and no exercise that is going to magically transform you. This requires time, hard work and knowledge of some basic concepts of real food. Forget about the mainstream health advice that you hear on TV and read in popular magazines, don’t believe everything you read online and forget about low-fat and low-calorie products. The work on yourself should start from the inside out, what you eat will determine how you look and feel. Eating real, natural and nutritious food is the only “diet” that is 100 % effective and will work on anyone.
The problem of modern society is that we have stopped preparing our food and instead consume ready-to-eat, packaged food that is convenient but doesn’t provide us with the nutrients we need. Most people are constantly switching from one diet to another, trying to lose weight, eating “low calorie” and “fat free” products that are actually helping them gain weight instead. This is not a what healthy eating is. There is no perfect proportion of carbohydrates and proteins that you need to eat, the different nationalities and tribes all over the world have proven that you can have a high-carb, meat-free diet or a high-protein diet that mainly consists of meat and still be healthier than the western population of the world. The one thing they have in common is the lack of processed food in their diet, just local natural food that doesn’t come in a fancy box.
Healthy eating doesn’t mean you need to start eating just salads all day long, it’s a balanced way of life and you can still have foods like pizza and sweet treats, but you just need to be smarter about which foods you choose to eat. No need to go to extremes, the most important part of a healthy diet is to enjoy your food and eat food that you actually find tasty, not food that you eat just because it’s healthy.
You can be a vegetarian, vegan or paleo, it doesn’t matter what food concept you believe in, you can still have a healthy food lifestyle even if you are not following a particular dietary practice all the time. Healthy eating means providing your body with natural whole foods that are high in nutrition and avoid highly processed foods that are low in nutritional and energy value. We are a specie that needs basic fresh food but unfortunately our supermarkets are full of packaged foods that don’t provide as with any of that so we are in an era where people are constantly overfed and yet starving for nutrition.
Here is a little secret – your diet is the most important factor that determines your weight. You can lose weight without spending any time at the gym, although it would definitely speed up the process. Many people start their weight loss journey in the gym but it should actually start in the kitchen! So get cooking and start preparing your own food.
WHERE TO START FROM?
First you need to understand what a “real food” diet doesn’t contain – processed food and what we mean when we use that term. Read why processed food makes people fat and sick.
Understand the foods you buy. Stop buying ready meals and start buying ingredients instead. THE REAL FOOD GUIDE, which is a free sections of this website, explores the different basic food groups and what to look for in our supermarkets. It will also explain 4 simple guidelines that will help you start your REAL FOOD journey.
Get yourself in the kitchen! Have a look at some of the delicious, healthy and easy recipes in the RECIPES section that will make you forget about processed food. You can also download my free recipe ebook with the top 10 wholesome recipes on this site.
OTHER MOTIVATIONAL & USEFUL RESOURCES
Do you have any questions about healthy eating and real food? Or maybe you are just looking for more recipe ideas? Join my newly created group – The Real Food Club, where I am collaborating with other food bloggers to show you that a Real Food diet can be fun and not restricting. You can participate and ask the community any food related questions! We are still a small group but I am sure we will grow quickly!
If you need a little bit of motivation or simply want to watch something very powerful about what processed food is doing to you, here is a link to a free 20 minute preview of the film Hungry For a Change that is really going to make you think about all of this. It will be great if you can get your hands on the full version but this preview is still quite good, watch it here.
Here are some of my favourite sites that everyone needs to follow:
Authority Nutrition – if you are confused about which particular foods are healthy or you want to check if a common nutritional advice is true, check Authority Nutrition. This is a site run by modern nutritionists and all recommendations are evidence-based.
My Whole Food Life – Melissa has the greatest vegan sweet treats!
iFoodReal – Olena has super delicious and nutritious mains!
Here is a great book that reveals what happens behind the scenes of the big food companies and how they use Salt, Sugar and Fat to addict people to their products and make them lifetime consumers. This is a chilling book that really doesn’t spare the truth.