January 11, 2011

How to Eat and Prepare "Real Food"

Just before the holidays, a patient of mine asked me a simple question:

What do you eat?

She was interested in changing her diet to improve her health.  We had talked about including more whole foods, vegetables, protein, high quality fats from real foods, fiber from whole food sources, and so on.

So, I was beginning to list out all of the recipes I use for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, when all of a sudden, two Sundays ago in the New York Times, I ran across a short article that seemed like it was practically written for my patient.

3 Essential Recipes for the “Real Food” Cook

The article is:  Chop, Fry, Boil: Eating for One, or 6 Billion.

Here’s a link to a Today show clip with the author, demonstrating his recipes.

Written by Mark Bittman, a well-known cook and author of cookbooks like How to Cook Everything, this article outlines all of the basic reasons for:

  1. Eating real food
  2. Learning how to cook an excellent meal in under 30 minutes

Then he includes 3 basic recipes that every cook should know, recipes that form the basis and foundation for a wide variety of dishes:

  1. Beans and rice
  2. Stir-fry
  3. Chopped vegetable salad

That’s it!

(See more about eating real food in my Introduction to Holistic Nutrition article, where I go in-depth about what constitutes “real food”.  Go to the section on Food Quality.)


food prep

Ingredients all prepped for a variation on the Beans and Rice recipe…mmm


Just to make sure his 3 included recipes were tasty enough for you, Caroline and I tested 2 of them a couple nights ago (the results were excellent, I must say).


Nutrition Counseling for Your Health Problems

Eating real food that you prepare can make a serious contribution toward healing your health issues, like:

  • Stress
  • Weight loss
  • Headaches
  • Arthritis, muscle and joint pain
  • Gas, bloating, constipation, bad breath and IBS
  • Low energy
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Low immunity

So if you’re thinking about making a change to your diet, I would recommend eschewing the gimmicky stuff, and make a change that will give you lasting and sustainable wellness, vitality, and health (and will most likely help you lose weight!) – – learn to prepare a real food meal that tastes good, is inexpensive, and fits into your busy lifestyle, in under 30 minutes.

Believe me, I know the transition from the normal American diet to a simpler, healthier way of eating isn’t simple, and usually isn’t easy.  I know it took me 4 years of solid work to even figure out what real food was, and to learn how to cook it quickly and fit it in to my busy everyday life.

However, since I’ve already done the groundwork for you, you can use my knowledge to shorten your learning curve, and speed up the process of switching to a “real food diet” that fits into your life.

If you or someone you know is struggling with changing the way they eat, please contact me to learn more about my nutrition counseling services, or to make an appointment.

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