The Real Food Lifestyle

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Cottage in the Sky: The Real Food Lifestyle
Cottage in the Sky: The Real Food Lifestyle

Notice the title says “lifestyle” instead of “diet?” That’s because healthy eating is a way of life!

I repeatedly hear from clients, “I eat really well, but I can’t lose weight.” However, with adjustments to their preconceived concepts about food and nutrition, they change their eating habits, and start losing weight.

We all want to be svelte, youthful, and healthy. But achieving that is becoming more of a mystery.

Why?

Because eating food products (processed food) instead of real, whole food results in:

  • Malnutrition, causing overeating and weight gain.
  • Corporations making a hefty profit.
  • Healthcare and medication expenses increasing.
  • Recycling programs struggling to keep land-fills from choking on empty containers.

It’s that simple.

What is Real, Whole Food?

Cottage in the Sky: Pack as many nutrients as possible into each calorie and you’ll find yourself eating less because you won’t be hungry. You won’t even have cravings!
Cottage in the Sky: Pack as many nutrients as possible into each calorie and you’ll find yourself eating less because you won’t be hungry. You won’t even have cravings!

The real, whole food concept is difficult for people to grasp. We can thank the media and the corporations paying for advertising. Both thrive on our confusion.

To help you understand, here’s the “real, whole food” concept broken down into three truths.

(1) Real Food has Two Outstanding Characteristics

  • It must be grown.
  • Our bodies carry a corresponding enzyme for digestion, nutrient extraction, and finally, elimination. (Human bodies only create enzymes to digest naturally occurring food.)

(2) Cells are Built from Nutrients

Many people are under the impression that the human body burns food for energy. Not true. The human body doesn’t burn anything.

The human body is a collection of cells. The nutrients extracted from real food are used as building materials to repair cells and create new cells.

The quality of a cell equals the quality of building materials, which only comes from real, whole food.

Quality of Nutrients = Quality of Cells = Quality of Health

(3) Choose Food with the Most Nutrients per Calorie

When people want to lose weight, they tend to think, I want food with the least calories. A more successful approach is to think, I want food with the most nutrients per calorie!

With Real Whole Food, Assembly is Required

Cottage in the Sky: Assembly is required for real, whole food.
Cottage in the Sky: Assembly is required for real, whole food.
  • fruit and vegetables
  • meat and eggs
  • beans and lentils
  • milk, yogurt, cheese, and butter
  • olive oil and coconut oil
  • barley, spelt, brown rice, and quinoa
  • 100% whole grain wheat or spelt flour
  • steel-cut oats, or better yet, oat groats
  • nuts (walnut, almonds, pecans, hazelnuts)
  • seeds (chia, pumpkin & flax)

Most folks rely on quantities of fat and sugar flavour to their meals. Use real, whole food instead.

  • aromatic herbs and pungent spices
  • garlic, ginger and onions
  • 100% maple syrup or honey

Processed Food Versus Real Food

A calorie from a soft drink:

The body cannot use anything except the water and sodium. The non-food ingredients may be converted to fat and stuffed it into the fat cells. Or it’ll be stored elsewhere eventually adding to disease.

A calorie from a banana:

Varying amounts of essential fatty acids, dietary fibre, fructose, protein, vitamin A, calcium, thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, vitamin B6, folate, choline, vitamin C, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, sodium, zinc, and fluoride.

The colon uses the dietary fibre to remove waste. The rest is circulated in the blood stream so the cells can grab what they need. Anything left to convert into fat? Probably not.

Best Choice: Raw Ingredients in the Least Processed Form

Raw ingredients means getting as close as you can to using with clean, harvested crops and butchered animal products, and cooking meals in your own kitchen.

It’s also the healthiest, least expensive, and most environmental!

Cottage in the Sky: The only way to stay slender, youthful, and healthy is by choosing real, whole food for your meals. Of course, these choices will be different for each of us—depending upon our lifestyle constraints.
Cottage in the Sky: The only way to stay slender, youthful, and healthy is to choose real, whole food for your meals. Of course, these choices will be different for each of us — depending upon our lifestyle constraints.
Cottage in the Sky
Cottage in the Sky

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