What Is Real Food?

This video is of me showing what I feel is Real Food VS NOT Real Food. 

Real Food Feeds and Nourishes You

You might have your own definition of Real Food which will depend upon what you want or need in your life.
You may crave energy.  You may want strength.  You may need balance or healing.
Some people would consider beauty or love essential food for their lives.

Real Food is food in its most natural state; it is unprocessed or with very little processing.
Real food does not need a label or fancy packaging.  A lemon is a lemon.  An onion is an onion. Real Food is a whole food that is life sustaining.

Whole Foods are: “Foods that have been minimally refined or processed, and are eaten in their natural state. In general nothing is removed from, or added to, the foodstuffs in preparation. Wholegrain cereal products are made by milling the complete grain.”  Definition is from: www.encyclopedia.com

Our bodies were designed to digest Real Food.  The best Real Foods to me are called Powerfoods.

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Benefits of Real Food:

1. Full of naturally occurring vitamins and minerals to build and nourish the body.

If you research supplements carefully you will find  that the better more expensive supplements provide a wider and more sophisticated complement of ingredients. They are actually trying to get the combination and chemical structure closer and closer to the whole food state.  You might ask at some point: why not just eat the food?

2. No added fat

Too much fat makes you fat. The high levels of fat added to processed foods and junk food is the ‘bad’ kind that now has  been shown to increase heart disease, obesity.
Real Food nuts,  on the other hand,  have fat in them but it is often the ‘good kind’ that has been shown to help weight loss.

3.  No added sugar

White sugar (and similar high processed sugars)  makes you fat, creates anxiety and depression, increases diabetes, heart problems and rots your teeth, and suppresses your immune system.
Processed foods almost always have sugar added to them since they know it is addictive and they want to eat as much as possible.
Most real foods (except meat) have carbohydrates in them, usually in lower quantities, but even if there are higher amounts of carbohydrates, such as in fruit, it is more slowly absorbed into the system because of fiber and other whole food elements so the sugars are not absorbed so quickly. We call these smart carbs.
This means you get energy but without the problems.

4.  No added saltreal food with diana

To much salt is hard on the kidneys and creates high blood pressure.  It ends up being one more toxin the body must deal with.

Real foods have minimal amount of naturally occurring sodium which is actually good for the body.
Most processed foods have added salt in increase the flavor (even if it is very sweet) so you will eat more and eat more often.

5.  Real Food Looks, Smells and Feels Great

I love strolling through the produce […]

By |April 8th, 2013|Nutrition|11 Comments

Avocado Tomato Salad Dressing

Here is an easy way to jazz up any salad! This is a base recipe that you can alter with your choice of herbs or salty flavors. This is enough for 3 salads.

Ingredients:

1 cup virgin olive oil
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 1/2 cups avocado
1 or 2 tomatoes
1/4 cup water
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp light liquid stevia

Directions:

1. Put oil, Stevia and salt in blender.
2. Add lemon juice gradually while blending till smooth.
3. Add water and blend till smooth.
4. Pour into a jar.
5. Chop tomatoes and avocado and mix in with olive oil/lemon juice mixture.
6. Enjoy this nutritious dressing on your salad.

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By |November 21st, 2016|Uncategorized|1 Comment

Authentic Middle Eastern Hummus

This is a traditional Middle Eastern dip; it is a blend of garbanzo beans, garlic, olive oil, and tahini.

Ingredients:

2 cups cooked chickpeas
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons tahini
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice (from 1/2 lemon), plus more to taste
1 small clove of garlic, roughly chopped
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Paprika
Salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Drain the chickpeas, save some of the water to use later. Keep a few chickpeas for a garnish.
  2. Put all ingredients in a blender or better is a food processor.  You can add some of the saved water if it needs it for blending.
  3. Blend until it is very smooth which will be 1 to 3 minutes. You may need to scrape the inside of the blender to blend large chunks.
  4. Taste to see if this is the hummus you enjoy. You can add more lemon juice or olive oil to make the hummus creamier.
  5. Put into a bowl, drizzle a little olive oil, sprinkle with paprika and cilantro leaves. Or garnish with few chick peas or olives.
  6. Serve with pita chips or raw vegetables. It will keep for up to a week in a sealed container in the refrigerator.

Hummus Variations:

  • Cook your own chickpeas from scratch: How to Cook Beans
  • Add more cumin for more flavour.
  • For a lemony hummus, add more lemon juice.
  • Make an olive hummus, mix in 1/2 cup of chopped green or black olives.
  • Create a nutty hummus by blending in some walnuts or pine nuts.

If time and patience allow, pinch the skins from each of the chickpeas; this will make your hummus smoother. I never do it as it does not make it taste any different and for me it is all about taste.

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By |October 28th, 2016|Appetizers, Meatless Monday, Recipes|0 Comments

Misfit Produce Coming to a Store Near You!

Great news! Why throw out edible food?! I was surprised by Save-on 2 weeks ago when I saw Misshapen red/yellow peppers at for only a couple of dollars. There was nothing wrong with them so I bought some and they were delicious.

Then a few days ago I saw this article via Facebook.

‘Misfit’ produce makes grocery store debut in Alberta Save-On-Foods locations

By |October 16th, 2016|Health News|0 Comments

Delicious Black Bean Stew

This stew is easy to make and filled with nutritious ingredients.

Ingredients:
1 onion, chopped
1 red pepper, sliced
3 carrots, sliced
1 cup fresh corn or frozen
1 cup cooked short grain brown rice
2 – 5 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups cooked black beans
1 piece of Wakame Seaweed, rinsed and broken into pieces
2 – 6 tbsp. Tamari
1 Tbsp vegetable oil

Directions:

  1. Cook black beans for 2 – 3 hours the time is dependent on the age of the beans. (cook according to this recipe)
  2. Saute onions in a little oil.
  3. When beans are soft, add Wakame and cook for another few minutes.
  4. Then add onions, celery, red pepper, carrots, corn and garlic.
  5. Simmer for 1/2 hour or till vegetables are tender.
  6. Mix in brown rice and add Tamari to taste.

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By |October 13th, 2016|Main Courses, Meatless Monday, Recipes|1 Comment

Small Sunflower Seeds Are Packed With Nutrition

Small Sunflower Seeds Are Packed With Nutrition

Delicious nutty sunflower seeds are a popular snack which is undervalued.  They maybe small but sunflower seeds are a dense source of nutrients and full of extraordinary health benefits.  Sunflowers are beautiful flowers with an abundance of nutrition seeds.

Nutrition of Sunflower Seeds

Half a cup of husked sunflower seeds will give you the following in terms of daily requirement.

  • An excellent source of vitamin E; gives over 116%.
  • A great source of vitamin B1 of 69% and Manganese 68%.
  • A good source of copper 63% and Magnesium 57%.
  • Folate (B vitamin) with over 39%.
  • Good protein of 29% .
  • Also are a good source of fiber, manganese, selenium, phosphorus, vitamin B6, niacin, phosphorus, and iron.

See full details at Nutrition Data.

6 Health Benefits of Sunflower Seeds

  1. Prevents Heart DiseaseSunflower seeds are high in vitamin E which has been known to help in preventing of heart disease. In 1986, a study with 39,910 U.S. male health professionals aged between 40 to 75 in a Harvard study found that those who got a good amount of vitamin E had a much lower risk of dying of a heart attack.
  2. Helps Prevent CancerThe high Vitamin E in sunflower seeds has been found to be effective in cancer prevention.  Studies at Harvard have showed that Vitamin E protects men from prostate cancer and a study by the Texas Woman’s University suggests that it may reduce the risk of lung cancer.
  3. Reduces Risk of DiabetesThrough years of research, it has been found that a diet rich in nuts and seeds helps balance blood sugar levels reducing the chance of developing diabetes.  U.S. National Library of Medicine gives a list of foods to always choose help prevent diabetes and sunflower seeds are one the foods.
    “The world faces an epidemic of insulin resistance and diabetes. Our findings support preventing and treating these diseases by eating more fat-rich foods like walnuts, sunflower seeds, soybeans, flaxseed, fish, and other vegetable oils and spreads, in place of refined grains, starches, sugars, and animal fats.” ~ Dr Dariush Mozaffarian, Tufts University.
  4. Maintains Young and Healthy Skin
    Sunflower seed are abundant in Vitamin E which is vital for the care of healthy skin by keeping it hydrated, and helps prevent damage created by the sun and pollution.  Studies on dogs have shown that sunflower seeds and flax seeds helped to keep their skin and fur healthy and free from signs of damage even as they aged. Researchers believe that aging humans could have the same benefits.
  5. Helps Lower Cholesterol
    It was found that high-oleic-acid sunflower oil lowered both triglyceride and LDL cholesterol levels according to a study at the University of Sydney, Australia. Vitamin E is one of the antioxidants found in cholesterol particles and helps prevent free radicals from oxidizing cholesterol.
  1. Depression Healed using Magnesium
    Sunflower seeds are a very good source of magnesium which has been found in research to heal depression. 

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Fun facts about Sunflower Seeds

  • The tallest sunflower grown was 30 feet, 1 inch in by Hans-Peter Schiffer in Germany verified on 28 August 2014 according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
  • An anonymous buyer paid $39.85 million for one of Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’paintings.
  • The sunflower was used by the Incas as an image their sun god.
  • The sunflower is the national flower of Russia.
  • Sunflower seeds are one of the most consumed seeds in the world. 

Sunflower Seed History

They have found wild sunflower seeds have been found as early as 8500 BC in eastern North America. Sunflowers have been eaten by Native Americans […]

By |September 22nd, 2016|Nutrition, PowerFoods|1 Comment

Mixed Green Salad with Figs

This is a very tasty salad with all healthy ingredients.

Ingredients: 

1 handful of sprouts
1 handful, arugula
1/2 head, green leafy lettuce, chopped
3 – 4 figs, sliced
Few raspberries (optional)
Few slices of radicchio (optional)

Directions: 

  1. Mix greens together in a bowl.
  2. Top with raspberries, radicchio and figs.
  3. Serve with raspberry salad dressing.

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By |September 16th, 2016|Recipes, Salad|0 Comments

Muesli with Figs

A great healthy breakfast.

Ingredients:

2 cups steel cut rolled oats
2 cups quinoa flakes
1 cup almonds, sliced
½ cup dried unsweetened coconut flakes
½ cup sunflower seeds
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup figs, sliced (if using fresh ones, only put them in just before eating.)

Directions: 

  1. Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Stir until every ingredient is distributed in the mix.
  3. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.
  4. Serve with almond milk, coconut milk.
  5. Enjoy!

You can eat this raw straight out of the container.
OR
Soak it in your choice of milk or water overnight.
OR
Add water to a pot with 1/2 cup muesli and cook till soft.

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By |September 16th, 2016|Breakfast, Recipes|0 Comments

Fig Jam

This jam is so good on toast or vanilla pudding and even on ice cream too. Yum!

Ingredients:

3 cups of figs, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup honey
1 cup of walnuts, chopped
2 Tbsps lemon juice

Directions:

  1. Put figs, honey, and lemon juice to medium size saucepan.
  2. Bring to a boil, lower heat, stirring frequently and cook until thick (approximately 45 minutes to 1 hour).
  3. Add walnuts and cook an additional 10 to 15 minutes.
  4. Put hot jam into sterilized 1/2 pint jars, put on cap, screw band firmly tight.

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By |September 16th, 2016|Recipes, Sugar Free Desserts|0 Comments

Red Meat Linked to Kidney Failure

A diet high in red meat has been found to cause the kidneys to fail.  It was found that those who ate the most of red meat had a 40% higher risk of developing ESRD (end-stage renal disease) commonly known as kidney failure.

ESRD is the final stage of chronic kidney disease; the kidneys stop doing their job to keep the body alive and the only way for survival is to have dialysis or a kidney transplant.

There was research using data from the The Singapore Chinese Health Study followed 63,257 Chinese adults, aged 45-74 for an average of 15.5 years.  They found a strong relationship with those eating big quantities of red meat and ESRD.  There were 951 cases of ESRD occurred showing a very clear trend. It is interesting that they found no association of the consuming of poultry, eggs, fish or dairy products.   Soy and beans were actually found to be somewhat protective.

Woon-PuayKoh, researcher and her team examined the data from the Singapore Chinese Health Study linking the data with the Singapore Renal Registry holding the records of all Singapore ESRD patients. The goal was to find the role of different protein sources on ESRD outcomes.

“We embarked on our study to see what advice should be given to CKD patients or to the general population worried about their kidney health regarding types or sources of protein intake. Our findings suggest that these individuals can still maintain protein intake but consider switching to plant-based sources; however, if they still choose to eat meat, fish/shellfish and poultry are better alternatives to red meat.”said Dr.Koh.

The research found that kidney failure was less when red meat was replaced in one’s diet with proteins like fish and poultry.  The study found that when one serving of red meat is substituted with another protein, there was a 62% reduction of developing ESRD.

“It is best to eat red meat in moderation. For example, instead of eating red meat for every meal or daily, it is advisable to replace it with other meat such as poultry and fish, or plant-based protein such as soya and legumes for alternate meals or days,” said professor Woon-Puay Koh, from the Duke-NUS Medical School.

Red meat consumed in China is mostly pork; it is 97% of the red meat intake.  The other proteins were eggs, dairy, shellfish, fish, soy, legumes, and poultry.

Kidneys are necessary!

To survive we need our vital organ, kidneys.  To make sure we survive we were given two kidneys.  If both kidneys fail we will not live.

  1. One of the important things kidneys do is remove the waste from our body (drugs, urea, ammonia, and other toxic substances). Build up of waste can be very damaging to the body.
  2. They remove excess water from the body.
  3. Kidneys help control blood pressure.
  4. Help make red blood cells and maintain the body’s calcium levels.

What happens for those at risk of ESRD is that the kidneys slowly stop working over 10 to 20 years.

To learn more about the symptoms of ESRD go to The National Library of Medicine for the list.

Many reasons to be concerned about kidney failure.  See these facts:

  • 10% of the people in the world get chronic kidney disease; millions die every year.
  • 26 million American adults have kidney disease and most don’t know it.
  • Chronic kidney disease is on the rise, growing by approximately 8% each year according to the World Health Organization.
  • More than 2 million people in the world receive treatment with dialysis or a kidney transplant yearly.
  • Diabetes (type 2) and high blood pressure are the two leading causes of kidney […]
By |September 8th, 2016|Health News, Health Tips|0 Comments

Next Books for Real Food For Life

At Real Food for Life there is a deep commitment to assist those who are interested in a healthy way of eating and living.
I have created 100’s of recipes and information articles. Also, I was sick with Fibromyalgia and Severe Chronic Fatigue Syndrome for 17 years and learned much on my journey to becoming fully healthy 15 years ago. I want to share what I have learned and am preparing to write 6 books in the next 2 years.
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By |September 4th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Thrill of Dill:  Healing and Taste Extraordinaire

A sprig of delicious dill adds a unique flavor to your food and it is full of health benefits.

Dill’s name comes from the Norwegian word ‘dilla,’ meaning to soothe. Dill has been valued for its many health benefits as early as 1500 B.C. In ancient Egyptian papyrus manuscripts, it was documented as a remedy to soothe flatulence, relieve pain and act as a laxative and a diuretic.

Dill tastes delicious and is also nutritious!

6 Health Benefits of Dill

1. Helps Protect Against Cancer
Dill’s volatile oils help neutralize benzopyrenes, a carcinogen, found in cigarette smoke, coal tar, charcoal grill smoke and trash incinerator smoke.

2. Helps with Digestion
Since very early times, dill was used to cure hiccups, stomachaches and bad breath. It has antispasmodic properties that relieve stomach pain and cramping. Ayurvedic medicine has used the dill seed for stomach problems for centuries.

3. Helps Prevent Bone Loss
Being a good source of calcium, it helps in reducing the bone loss that occurs after menopause. One tablespoon of dill seed contains 3 grams of calcium.

4. Reduces Bloating, Gas, Diarrhea and Constipation from Bacteria Overgrowth
Dill can help prevent bacterial overgrowth which is the cause of the above symptoms. The volatile oil of dill has been studied for its ability to prevent bacterial overgrowth.

Pickles and Potato Salad are two favorite foods with dill.

Pickles and Potato Salad are two of my favorite foods with dill.

5. Eugenol Oil in Dill Is Good as a Local Anesthetic
Eugenol oil has been used therapeutically by dentists as local analgesic agent as it lessens tooth pain.

6. Eugenol oil also has been found to reduce blood sugar levels in diabetics (more research is required).

Also we call it a Powerfood!

Dill Nutrition

Dill is a good source of dietary Fiber, Niacin, Phosphorus, Zinc and Copper, and a very good source of Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Iron, Magnesium, Potassium and Manganese.

It is low in calories: half a cup of dill has only 2 calories!

For more details go to: Nutrition Data

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 Dill Trivia

  • Dill was believed to protect against curses and witchcraft during European medieval times.
  • It was thought to make one drowsy and was given to crying babies, which is why its original name, dilla also means “to lull.”
  • The Dill pickle is at least 400 years old.
  • Dill has been used to make green dye.
  • Dill was used by Hippocrates for cleaning the mouth.
  • Ancient soldiers applied burnt dill seeds to their wounds to help healing.

Dill History

  • 5,000 years ago, in Egypt, the first record of dill as a medicinal herb was found
  • Around 3,000 B.C. Babylonians grew dill in their gardens.
  • It is native to southern Russia, western Africa and the Mediterranean.
  • In the seventeenth century, it was found in many English kitchen gardens.
  • It is thought to have arrived in America with early settlers.

“Give your food a Thrill by adding some Dill!”- Roylin J. Picou, Poet

Quick Easy Yummy Pickles

Quick Easy Yummy Pickles

Yummy Recipes with Dill
Quick Easy Pickles Yummy pickles in just over one hour.
Creamy Potato Salad – Vegan Even if you are not vegan, you will love this recipe.
Yogurt Salad Dressing I love adding lots of dill weed to this salad dressing.

By |August 4th, 2016|Nutrition, PowerFoods|1 Comment

Sugar Free Yummies

All the recipes here at Real Food for Life are white sugar free!

And they are gluten free and vegan too!

Even when healthier sugars are used, only small amounts are used.

Cherry Pudding

Cherry Pudding

Here is a link to Sugar Free Desserts

Here is a great place to get started: 5 Delicious Deserts: Non Addictive, Gluten Free, White Sugar Free

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By |July 14th, 2016|Recipes, Sugar Free Desserts|0 Comments