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Eating Real Food for Optimal Health- A Review of The Foodist and Real Food: What to Eat and Why

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 1 2

Eating Real Food for Better Health

The market is swarming with books on chronic disease and weight loss.  Everyone is selling a program guaranteed to make you lose a pound a day or to lower your blood pressure by 50 points in 2 days.  The nutritional realm has become so contradictory and confusing that we are paralyzed by information, unable to stick with even the smallest lifestyle change.


What eating Real Food means

Enter the real food movement.  With all of the fads, elimination diets, and pseudo science flying around, foodists (subscribers to real food!) want to remind everyone that we never used to have these problems.  Obesity, heart disease, diabetes. . . these were rare conditions 100 years ago when we subsisted on a much different diet.  A much simpler diet.  All we have to do is eat real food to lose weight and improve our health.

The real food movement is bringing us back to our nutritional roots.  For countless years

humans ate meat, vegetables, nuts, oils. . . and just recently have we began ingesting chemicals, pesticides, antibiotics,  and refined grains and sugars.  The correlation in our declining health is no coincidence.

Returning to a diet centered around deliciously-prepared vegetables, dressed with oils, cheese and meats, is advocated as a simple solution to our health and obesity issues. Fruits make a perfect dessert and of course other items in moderation will not hijack your health.

 Health Benefits

  • Weight Loss and healthy weight maintenance

  • Prevention of chronic diseases such as heart disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure

  • Reduced hunger

  • Better mental clarity

  • Feeling of wellness

What can you eat?  That is easy- real, unprocessed foods!  Unlimited vegetables of course, full-fat cheeses, healthy oils (think olive and coconut), natural meats, fruits, etc.  One of the biggest surprises out of the Foodist movement is how totally delicious and fulfilling vegetables can be once we get to know them and dedicate time to cooking them properly.  Foodists are big advocates of Farmer's Markets and produce stands since you are more likely to get fresh in-season produce.  But as long as you know how to pinpoint quality produce, the grocery store will work just fine!

And best of all, the steps to this eating style are simple.  No need to buy any materials, join any membership programs, or monitor the frequency that you eat.  You need to just focus on eating natural, unprocessed foods.

There are many great books out there on the values of eating non-processed natural foods.  They review the shortcomings of the modern commercial industry and the effects it has had on our body, as well as the simple solution.  I have reviewed (2) of the more popular books out there:  The Foodist and Real Food.  Both were written by true Foodists, but from two different perspectives:  a neuroscientist and a farmer's daughter.  


The Foodist: Using Real Food and Science to Lose Weight Without Dieting

Foodist: Using Real Food and Real Science to Lose Weight Without Dieting
Amazon Price: $27.99 $12.29 Buy Now
(price as of Jul 20, 2013)
The most recent addition to the Real Food movement is Darya's The Foodist. Darya operates the blog www.summertomato.com. She has been blogging about the Real Food scene in San Francisco for a while now and has put together a book explaining her position as well as how avoiding all of the processed foods leads to better health.

I really enjoyed this book. She is a neuroscientist by trade so she provided solid statistics and arguments on her approach. Despite her education, the writing is easy to read and comforting. She had dieted most of her life before becoming a Foodist and focuses on getting her readers out of the dieting cycle.

If you are interested in the how and why behind real food, then this will be a great book for you.

Real Food: What to Eat and Why

Real Food: What to Eat and Why
Amazon Price: $15.99 $9.42 Buy Now
(price as of Jul 20, 2013)
Nina is a farmer's daughter. Her book advocates a return to the traditional foods we have been eating all along- vegetables, fruits, meat, dairy, and *gasp* even lard. She talks extensively about how we used to live and feel and how food is being warped in the modern commercial world. Did you know that margarine was developed as a substitute for plastic in the war era of the early 1900's? It wasn't even considered an edible condiment until an executive decided it could be touted as a cheap alternative to butter.

Nina's book will make you feel good about eating all of those indulgent natural high-fat foods that we have come to avoid. If you are interested in learning about the difference between real food and how commercialization has altered the "food" we now eat, this is a great book. Nina will make you feel great about eating better.


In conclusion, take the complications out of your health.  Learn about the chemicals, hormones, antibiotics and pesticides that have altered food into unrecognizable supplements.  Read the above books that detail how far our food industry has swayed from nature.  The books discuss the link between obesity and malnutrition.  Eating real food in its natural state without extensive processing and chemicals is an easy solution that we should all embrace.  Happy eating!



Jul 27, 2013 6:03am
I've noticed that so much depends on where you shop for food. Twice this summer I've gone to the Farmer's Market at the Cleveland Clininc and the food is just amazing. You feel as if that's the only food one should eat. But, reality sets in when I shop at my local grocery store and it's just not the same experience. Impressive start with 6 articles already. I better get back to work on mine.
Jul 28, 2013 3:56am
Thanks! And I agree about the quality of fruits and vegetables. It makes all the difference.
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