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So, I was in a conversation today with a work colleague, (this is for my actual job, that like, actually pays me money. Not my “mom” job or this new project I’ve fallen in love with.) We were discussing our children’s desire to consume things that are really just awful for you. And that in all seriousness, probably didn’t actually qualify as actual food, depending on your definition. So, out of curiosity I looked up the definition of food! According to the Webster’s online dictionary the definition of food is:

Definition of FOOD

1a : material consisting essentially of protein, carbohydrate, and fat used in the body of an organism to sustain growth, repair, and vital processes and to furnish energy; also : such food together with supplementary substances (as minerals, vitamins, and condiments)
1b : inorganic substances absorbed by plants in gaseous form or in water solution
2 : nutriment in solid form
3. : something that nourishes, sustains, or supplies

So, when I think about some of the (here’s that word again) crap that has passed my lips and infiltrated my body under the disguise of a food label, it makes me cringe. WORSE, when I think about the crap my kids eat (going back to that pesky “free will of their own” thing) when I am not the one cooking it’s even scarier. Folks, the stuff that passes for food in our school cafeterias is alarming. (That’s a whole other blog post).

So why are we all so confused about what is good for us? Or maybe a better question is why do we continually make choices we know are bad for us? The second question is a psychological one that goes beyond the scope of this little post. But when I looked up the definition of nutriment or nourishing, all definitions lead back to the other! Nutriment is defined as a substance that nourishes. And nourishes is defined as something that provides nutriment……. what the heck?! So, here’s Laura’s definition (it’s imbedded into definition 1a of food) it is a substance that sustains growth, helps your body heal and repair itself, sustains your vital processes and gives you SUSTAINABLE (my emphasis) energy.

While there is something to be said for being able to sit down and enjoy a meal that tastes delicious and makes you feel happy in the short term, why do we have to sacrifice the long term health and happiness too? Hey, it’s your birthday? eat a cupcake…..knock yourself out. The problem is too many of us are eating something that hardly qualifies as food according to the above definition AT LEAST once a day if not a few times a day. Put away the “energy bar” and eat an apple and some nuts, they are whole, they are real, and your body knows what to do with those hard to define nutrients once it gets it. Or those awful gummy fruit snacks our kids eat? Gelatin laced with sugar and if you’re lucky there’s 10% fruit juice added. Oh, great, more sugar! NOTHING beats a whole, real, natural food choice…..EVER. Just because you can eat something doesn’t mean you should. Just because the FDA and the USDA determined it won’t kill you doesn’t mean it’s good for you.

EAT FOOD, REAL FOOD. Be good to yourself and settle for nothing but the best. If you don’t fight the fight for your health, your happiness, I hate to tell ya, no one else will. Why settle for anything less than awesome?

Until next time,

Laura, Mom Gone Paleo

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  1. Damary Cortes says:

    I am lovin your blog..thanks for the info:)

  2. “Just because you can eat it doesn’t mean you should” well said! I really enjoyed this post.

    • momgonepaleo says:

      Thanks Adrienne! So glad you enjoyed it and took the time to say so! Seems like that little point should be obvious, but somehow it isn’t. ๐Ÿ™‚ can’t wait to check out what you have to say on your bog!

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