But surprisingly, even in our sphere of real food nutrition followers, there’s a whole-lotta finger-pointing going on as to what should and shouldn’t be eaten.
My “food rules” are quite a bit more realistic than what most health gurus out there will push at you. But beyond educating our children on the facts of food-bearing life and basic biology, it’s critical that we all take a look at how most of our society as a whole sees the food system. Most people are really living in the dark about this stuff, completely unaware of what exactly goes into the production of what they eat. Eat things that either you made yourself, or could have made yourself — not things with a big block of 50 unrecognizable ingredients on the label. As surprising as it may sound, a healthful diet really can turn into an extremely unhealthful lifestyle. There’s a big difference between being passionate about healthy eating, and being obsessive over it. Think about that as you read your diet books, food blogs, and the latest tweets and Facebook posts from healthy eating gurus. And they are the ones who have dedicated a good portion of their life to telling others how to eat—that’s going to make their take on the subject biased and unbalanced by default.
Real Food for Real Life: How to Eat Healthy Without Going Completely Crazy is my anti-guru, anti-diet, pro-food and pro-sanity manual on healthy eating.


I believe in eating mostly plants too — but it should not be gluten containing plants like wheat. Secondly, you like food that is as close to its natural state as possible, and give seed oil as an example of food not to eat, since the seeds don’t magically turn themselves into oil. I get the impression that you just like to speak against all other piece of health advice out there, and myth bust your way to fame, just for the sake of doing so. I agree that eating shouldn’t be complicated, and that we should be informed about what we are putting into our bodies. For those of us who believe in the idea of eating “real” food, we think a healthy diet is a real food diet.
There are plenty of people out there still shouting from the rooftops about how terrible butter and bacon and red meat are for you, and how anyone who eats the way us real food folk do would drop dead of a heart attack at any second because of how “unhealthy” our diet is.
You don’t obsess over it, you don’t let your life revolve around healthy eating — you just live like a normal person, and eat. Eat things that haven’t been severely altered from their natural state — fresh, whole milk instead of ultra-pasteurized skim, oatmeal instead of oat-flavored “flakes,” real potatoes instead of powdery boxed fluff. Eating a “healthy” diet can actually come with some pretty severe potential side effects when you start trying to do everything right, all the time.


You wouldn’t think focusing on eating a healthy diet could have much of a downside whatsoever — after all, most people look to nutrition to figure out a way of eating that keeps them healthy. But you would be surprised at just how quickly that goal can morph from optimizing your health with what you eat, into a source of chronic, debilitating stress that worsens both your quality of life and your physiological well-being.
Eat things that have been around for a very long time, and meet our “real food” definition.
Don’t let yourself continue to strive for higher and higher levels of real food enlightenment — by simply caring enough about what you eat to be reading this blog post, you are already right where you need to be. They don’t understand the resources you have available—your time, money, and energy—to try to meet all these goals of eating the healthiest diet you can. Just a few basic concepts that help to determine what’s truly healthy, and what’s not, without going crazy eliminating 99% of the things normal people eat, from your diet. These are all consequences of putting too much of an emphasis in your life on improving what you eat.



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