Grammatically speaking, the title of this post, albeit awkward, is somewhat deceptive. I am not just talking about really good food. I am talking about real, as in genuine, good food.
Is there a difference? Absolutely!
Consider the two meals below:
Baked chik’n nuggets with tater tots
Baked chicken and mashed potatoes
Which one is really good? Well if you are a hungry omnivore, both meals will qualify as ‘really good.’ But let’s go a bit further. Which of the two options is both real and good? Undoubtedly the second option is the best choice.
Are you confused, no worries, I’ll clear it up for you.
In order to determine if your food is ‘real’ use Old McDonald’s farm as a guide. You remember Old McDonald, he was the farmer who had a “duck duck here and a duck duck there…” Anyway, look at it this way, if Old McDonald couldn’t raise it, grow it, forage or fish it then it probably is not ‘real’ food.
For those of you who didn’t know, there are no tater tot trees. I know this because, much like Old McDonald, my great uncle Bubba was a farmer. I also know, and can guarantee, that he couldn’t have determined what chik’n nuggets were if he were only given their outer package and asked to read the ingredients.
I’ll go ahead and acknowledge that I went “around the world to the left” (Nod to George Carlin) with this post for a reason. That reason is to encourage you to join me on a journey toward wellness. You and I will start this journey by preparing or procuring ‘real’ food whenever possible. Why? Because any quick google search will yield a multitude of research supporting the fact that ‘real’ food is best. Listen up parents, uncles, aunts, siblings, grandparents and guardians! Our children need us to step up to the plate!
Come to think of it, Sunday dinner looks like a great place to start 🙂
My loves, don’t get me wrong, I am not a food snob. I do understand that there are some serious socio-political complexities that make it very difficult for certain populations to find and afford ‘real’ food. I also understand the time constraints that many of us face when it comes to preparing dinner. To these points, I say, do the best that you can as often as you can.
Let’s start here by:
Buying fresh fruits and vegetables where possible
Buying frozen fruits and vegetables if fresh ones aren’t available
Cutting back on boxed convenience meals and snacks
With a bit more effort, both you and I might even consider buying foods that are hormone-free, in season, locally grown and organic; but maybe not today 🙂