What Does Real Food Mean To Me?
We are pleased to welcome Laura “aka Sassy” Ligos, RD To the Health Geeks Team.
Hi, friends! I’m Laura but most people refer to be as “Sassy”. Yes, that’s right, I’m The Sassy Dietitian and get my name because, well, you guessed it, I’m a sassy gal. I love everything related to food, fitness, fun and frolicking (was going to say adventuring but it didn’t start with an F, so…) and I try not to take life too seriously because, honestly, how fun would that be?
Being a dietitian does have its perks, you literally get to talk about food all day long and no one bats an eye. It also comes with its downsides as everyone thinks you are the food police and thinks you abstain for wine, chocolate and cheese (hint: I don’t). Let’s get one thing straight, I am a dietitian with a real food, real lifestyle approach. I will never judge you and hope that instead I can encourage you and join you on your real food lifestyle journey.
You may hear the phrase “real food” being thrown around a lot lately, and if you are a nutrition geek like me, then you are super pumped about it, right? Well, yes and no. I’m excited to see everyone laying off the restrictions that many diets can cause and just focus on quality BUT then we tend to take it a few steps too far and say that anything coming from Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s must be healthy because we spent $500 on it and it’s organic.
Food labels are just that. LABELS. They serve somewhat of a purpose in that they market to our wants and desires and get us to buy, but they sometimes miss the point. Be very wary of food labels and instead trust your instinct. If it looks like an avocado, smells like and avocado but reads like a science experiment…it’s NOT an avocado, run fast and far.
What is Real Food?
Real food is that which is ingredients, it does not have ingredients. Yes, there are exceptions, I realized that. Real food is filled with micronutrients that fuel the body and add to your health, not detract from. Real food is fruits, vegetables, meat, nuts, seeds, fish, etc. It is food that your body can easily digest and easily recognize. It is not flashy, it is not cheap and it is certainly is not fake.
After-all, you know what they say…
“You are what you eat, so don’t be fast, cheap, easy or fake”
Real food is simply food from nature that was intended for human consumption.
What does Real Food mean to me?
Real food means that I get to enjoy food that is going to help my body look, feel and perform at it’s best. It is also food that tastes delicious and leaves me feeling satisfied. Real food fills my mind, body, and soul and helps me think, move, feel and perform.
How cool is that?
Real food also connects us all, which gives me great joy. After all, we all have to eat
Why Does It Matter?
Doesn’t your health matter? I sure hope so!
We are a society focused on labels and diets when instead we should be focused on foods that nourish. Stop putting labels on everything, start worrying about the quality and I can promise you that you will not only feel better but you will exclude realness in every way, shape, and form. (Just don’t go bragging about it on social media, okay?)
So yes, it matters a great deal. Those who have health have all the wealth they will ever need. Put your health first and you will notice that everything else will start coming together. No, you will not automatically win the lotto but you are sure to feel better when you wake, sleep more soundly and be able to focus better at work and perform better at the gym. Sounds like a no-brainer to me.