There are many definitions of "real food". Some people define real food as "foods that our ancestors ate"; for some this means only what they can hunt/gather..raw and almost no processing of any kind... lots of people like to add fermentation and sprouting/soaking of foods...eating only locally raised/produced foods...These definitions get cumbersome and strict and set you up for failure...you can't always be "perfect".
is my definition of real food: something I could (theoretically) make
in my kitchen without a chemistry degree and/or a chemistry lab.
Something like cold-pressed olive oil and coconut oil, cheese and yogurt.
Something I could grow in my garden (given the correct climate) like
fruits and veggies, beans, nuts, grains. Something I could raise in my
backyard (given enough room and proper climate) like goats/cows for
milk/meat, chickens for meat/eggs.
BEST real foods are GMO-free, free of pesticides and added hormones and
raised as nature intended -- pastured chickens/cows/goats, organically
grown grains and produce, etc.
don't worry about everything (or even most things)being the BEST
because at this point it is not possible for us -- financially or
time-wise. I just do the best I can. Any fruit is better than fruit
snacks; any butter is better than margarine; homemade bread is better
than most any store bought bread.
to a real food diet doesn't have to be all or nothing perfect. Make
changes slowly, do the best you can and don't worry about the rest.
Trust God to honor your intentions and to provide the time, energy and
finances to continue making changes.
What does "real food" mean to you?