Getting REAL With Clean Eating

Posted by Allyson Straka on

Before I started Frozen Garden, as a Holistic Health Coach, I spent my time educating others on clean eating and REAL food. I developed a program called the Real Food Challenge and guided numerous participants through this program to introduce them to the concepts of eating clean, real food. Working with my clients through this program was one of my inspirations for starting Frozen Garden. A key part of this program is drinking a daily green smoothie. People experienced the great benefits of a daily green smoothie like more energy, clearer skin, ease of digestion and better sleep, but found it hard to maintain the task of making one every day…thus, Frozen Garden was born.

Now that I have solved the burden of making your daily green smoothie, I was inspired to create a series of blog posts on the concepts of clean eating, what I like to call Getting REAL, to provide you with all the information you need to successfully make steps towards living a healthier lifestyle. This isn’t a diet, this isn’t a step-by-step program, this is knowledge. The knowledge needed to empower you to make sustainable life long changes. Are you ready to get back to the basics?

Why Real Food?

fruit seeds and spicesMuch of what fills the grocery store aisles today are highly processed, food-like products. Many of these bags and boxes with the pretty and colorful packaging, filled with misleading health claims such as "Low Fat" and "Sugar Free" do not, in fact, contain anything even close to REAL food. Instead, they are laden with chemicals, preservatives, sugar, artificial sweeteners, colors, flavorings, genetically modified organisms...the list goes on!

Our ancestors preserved foods naturally, using salt, fermentation, and sun drying. Food processing has evolved away from these simple practices into more complicated and dubious methods. Today, over 12,000 chemicals are used in the production of our food. Many of those chemicals can have a devastating affect on our health. The food that is most convenient, most inexpensive and most readily available to us is toxic and making us sick. There is no magic pill or potion for good health...it starts with what we put into our body.

Another inspiration for starting Frozen Garden was that I was TIRED of telling clients that they couldn’t buy any “convenience” products….they had to shop on the outer edges of the grocery store…the fresh fruits, fresh meats, fresh dairy….ignore everything in the aisles and the freezers…it’s processed, has added chemicals and is terrible for your health.

green smoothiesI was tired of trying to convince people to get back into their kitchens and cook from scratch again…it’s not a REASONABLE request of all people. In this day and age, it’s not even POSSIBLE for many people!

I wanted to CHANGE THE FOOD SYSTEM instead of constantly criticizing and bashing it.

I wanted to create something WITHOUT processed chemical additives that was easy and convenient for people…prove that it's POSSIBLE.

There are companies, in addition to Frozen Garden, who are making it their mission to change the food system and offer convenient products that are REAL food. I will be sharing some of my favorites with all of you in this series.

Getting back to eating REAL food...the way nature intended, will get you on the path to better health!

Getting REAL

OK, time to dig into the good stuff. Getting REAL is simple…eat REAL food, not food-like products and be mindful. Each week, I will release a blog post digging deeper into each one of these concepts. So, just take it week by week and start to incorporate a few concepts at a time into your daily routine.

Eat REAL Food

Fruits and Vegetables
Whole Grains
Whole Dairy Products
Wild-Caught Seafood
Humanely Raised Meats
Natural Sweeteners (Raw Honey & Pure Maple Syrup)
Dried Fruit, Seeds, Nuts & Popcorn
Water and Green Smoothies
Healthy Fat Oils
Coffee, Tea, Wine and Beer (in moderation)

    NOT Food-Like Products

    Added Sugars
    Artificial Sweeteners
    Refined Grains or Flours
    Processed Meats
    Highly Processed Foods
    Unhealthy Fats

      Be MINDFUL

      Buy Whole Foods
      Read Ingredients
      Cook Your Own Food
      Keep 2/3 of Your Plate Fruits and Vegetables
      80% Plant-Based
      Again, don't let this list overwhelm you. We are going to dig into each of these concepts week-by-week. I encourage you to tackle each concept on a per week basis. By the end of the Getting REAL series, you will have made changes each and every week and will be amazed at how different your food choices are from the beginning to the end!

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