All throughout history, humans have survived and thrived on a diversity of diets. Diets referred to as ‘high carb’, ‘high protein’, ‘high fat’ – the list goes on. After thoroughly examining the various diets and food groups consumed throughout history, researchers found these cultures had one thing in common – they all ate REAL FOOD. It’s safe to conclude that no one way of eating suits everyone and that is why it is our mission to inspire you back into the kitchen with real food so you can find out for yourself, what suits your body best.
To begin, we should define what real food is. Real food is fresh and nutritious, predominantly local, seasonal, grass-fed, as wild as possible, free of synthetic chemicals, whole or minimally processed, and ecologically diverse. The price tag on real, whole foods such as grass fed meat, pasture-raised chickens and organic vegetables is often higher than those placed on the artificial ‘food like’ products that you’d find packaged on a grocery shelf. However, the truth is, none of us can truly afford the cost of these ‘food like’ products in the long term. Non-communicable diseases are now the leading cause of death, and many of these diseases come from a poor diet and poor nutrition knowledge.
Knowledge is power, and our work through The Kitchen Whizz is to provide you with confidence when it comes to building your plate and knowing what to prioritise around meal times.
A common question we get asked is around what we personally eat. Our answer is always, vegetables, fruits and a mix of proteins and healthy fats. You don’t need a qualification or a Nutritionist to tell you that. When you eat less from boxes and out of pre-prepared packages, you’re already doing your best by forging the path to wellness. To give you a guide and get you thinking about how your plate currently looks and what changes you can make right now, we’ve provided for you a diagram below which explains how we build our plate each time we approach a main meal (e.g Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) – we’ll cover snacks in another post. These simple food principles will guide your meal times and help you to consider what you choose to put on your plate.
Remember, next time you prepare a meal, stop and think about the impact of your choices and how they will intimately influence your mind, body and spirit. “The only balanced meal is one that includes your thoughts,” – Dr Caroline Leaf.