You know, I started off this Real Food series and yet never really talked about what I think real food is. Because yes, while all food is real, only some of it is Real.
My definition of Real Food is this:
It’s food closest to what the Lord has provided us with, and food that has been eaten for centuries in old, traditional diets. It grows on trees or up from the ground. Meat, dairy, and egg sources graze the earth like the Lord intended. Real Food has has not been altered, enriched, or modified by humans.
And yes, while God has placed and allowed certain chemicals to be formed by scientists, that does not mean jelly beans are real food! (have you ever seen a jelly bean tree?)
The concept of eating real food is not a new one. Our ancestors did it, and the real food movement today is doing it. It means making choices about what we buy. It means choosing unprocessed food and instead, making our own.
But do I always eat Real Food? Unfortunately no. There are times when I visit friends and family where it would be rude to refuse to eat what was put in front of me. There are times when I even allow it in my home or times when we are out and can’t make it back home for lunch/dinner/etc., so we eat out. And that’s okay for me. I try my best to buy the best, unaltered, food that our budget will allow. I in no way try to be a food snob, but I do try and and feed my family to the best of my ability.