Eat Real Food: What is it?

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.

So what are your Real Food rules? Do you have any?
About Donielle

Donielle is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles (with another babe in heaven) after dealing with being less than fertile. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health.


  1. lizzykristine @ Uplifted Eyes says:

    My “rule” is pretty simple: choose between the options for whatever is closest to what God designed. (A lot of hints of what God planned for optimal nutrition are in the Leviticus laws, though of course following the law is not a matter of righteousness!)

    I can’t always afford the most natural option but can still choose between bad and better within the affordable options. :)

  2. I feel the same way you do about real foods. My general “rule” is to eat real foods about 80-90% of time (because there are some foods I can just not give up completely, and other times when we are out or for a special occasion). If I can do that for my family then I feel as if I have succeeded.

  3. yep. i agree. i just prefer to eat and feed my family from the produce section and meat sections of the grocery store and/or grow it in my garden. but i will probably never give up brownies all together or ice cream. i just want to limit the foods that we eat that come out of boxes!

  4. soanywaytoday says:

    First time visitor for UPB; and I am not really following the Real Food movement yet, but want to start. . . I did go for a week but have fallen on some bad patterns since I have been out of work.

    I will be following your blog to get some real food ideas to incorporate into my family’s life.

  5. Susannah Forshey says:

    Oddly, before I ever read your blog, I'd been coming to some of the same conclusions you have, even mentally coining that term, "Real Food"….and classifying it in the ways you mentioned. I try to nurture our wounded economy by buying local "Real Foods" as well. Sally Fallon & Weston Price's methods (which are centuries old anyhow) make a lot of sense to me, too.

  6. I agree with Susannah about buying local “real” foods. It may seem like your hurting your budget, but in the long run it will be better for your community (and thus for you as well).

  7. I’ve heard some people classify real food as items that your great grandmother would’ve recognized as food, which pretty much coincides with what you are saying, I think. I try to avoid damaging chemicals first (msg, hfcs, trans fats etc.), anti-nutrients (phytates) second and non-nutritive foods last (white flour). I do succumb to temptations. like the oreos that we have at work. for free. argh!

    I try to remember that Dr. Price improved the health of orphans with just one nutritive meal a day. That makes me feel better about the times I’m not able (or am too lazy) to eat Real food.

  8. We have really embraced real food but you will find canned milk,chili and tomatoes in my cupboards. We eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies. I like to watch Kitchen nightmare with Chef Ramsey. It reminds me to to eat out!

  9. Sorry that would be it reminds me NOT to eat out!