In Praise of Real Food

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Spring has sprung, at least on the calendar.  It may still be snowing in your part of the world (as it is in mine), but we know the days of summer are just around the corner in the Northern Hemisphere.  For many of us that means gardens, farmers’ markets, seasonal produce, good food, good times.  Even during a tough economy, we need to eat. And the food this time of year is just better.

One reason it’s better is because it’s real.  Something many of us have lost sight of with our harried, weight-worried lifestyles.  Look at what those two descriptors have in common.

  • Harried = stressed, low energy, often eating highly-processed, low nutrient.
  • Weight-worried = stressed, low energy, often eating highly-processed, low nutrient.

Coincidence?  I don’t think so. The question is, which came first?  Are we harried because we’re weight-worried, or are we weight-worried because we’re harried? Or are we both because of what we eat?

Okay, I know everything can’t be attributed to diet, but it’s worthwhile considering the impact of our food choices.  Because good food can help us better manage stress and increase our energy.

And it can be so much fun to eat.  That takes me back to real.

Which would you rather have…

  • Sweet juicy strawberries that almost melt in your mouth or a low carb energy bar
  • low fat ice cream or a bowl of Haagen Daz made with sweet cream, sugar and eggs
  • a creamy, almost runny, brie or a slice of American cheese, plastic wrap removed
  • a slice of toasted light bread with ‘butter alternative’ or toasted whole grain peasant bread with real butter
  • a diet soda or a fresh fruit smoothie

Further, which do you think it will take less of to satisfy you?  For me, and everyone I know, real food wins hands down.

So where does this rambling take us?  To feel better, have more energy, be satisfied with less, lose weight, maintain a healthy weight, real food is where it’s at.  Fat-free, low carb, anything-done-to-food-to-lower-calories-so-we-can-lose-weight isn’t.

I can hardly wait for summer.


4 responses to “In Praise of Real Food”

  1. Anthony Sepe says:

    Very nicely done, Marsha.
    Best regards,
    Anthony Sepe
    http://fromadietitiansperspective.blogspot.com

  2. Local Nourishment says:

    Eating less of nutrient-dense real foods is how my family balances eating the more expensive organic and local varieties. It’s so worth it!

  3. Alyss says:

    Amen sister! Real food is what our bodies are designed to eat! Watching my friends kill themselves on low fat diets is painful. No, my body isn’t ideal and it isn’t worth holding up as an example, but I’m not worried about it and I’m not hungry! 🙂
    I can’t wait to come back and read more of your blog.
    Alyss

  4. CHEESESLAVE says:

    Wonderful post! Thank you! I enjoyed it.

About the Author

Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

If you’re looking for an embodiment of dedication disguised as obsession, look no further. Marsha is a registered dietitian who has spent the last four decades working to help women give up dieting rules and understand how to truly take care of themselves. Her mission in life is to help women learn to enjoy eating and living well, without worries about their weight. She encourages women to embrace their love of food, which you might call being a foodie. If so, it’s appropriate because being a foodie means you pay attention when you eat. That’s a recipe made in heaven for eating well. Marsha is the President and Co-Owner of Green Mountain at Fox Run.

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