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Gluten-Free Challenge: Remember “Real Food” Is Best

July 31, 2011

The Gluten-Free Challenge starts tomorrow!  Are you with us?!   Here are few more things to reflect upon and study as you embark on this 30-day journey…

Remember “Real Food” Is Best

We do not claim to be health or medical experts, but we do know food.  And we know that real, unprocessed food – food that comes from the ground and land as found in nature – is the most nutritious thing you can feed your body.  It’s a little crazy that we have an actual term called “Real Food” these days, but it’s what you have to do in an age when so many items called “food” are actually artificial, processed, and chemically-laden.

food  [food] n 1. something that nourishes, sustains, or supplies.
real [ree-uhl, reel] adj 1. true and actual; not artificial

So what is a real food?  It is food which truly nourishes producers, consumers, communities and the earth.  It is a food system–from seed to plate–that fundamentally respects human dignity and health, animal welfare, social justice and environmental sustainability.

Some people call it “local,” “green,” “slow,” or “fair.”  We use “Real Food” as a holistic term to bring together many of these diverse ideas people have about a values-based food economy.  –

So as you begin the Gluten-Free Challenge, please remember one key fact: Real Food is Best!  Merely swapping processed food for processed gluten-free food is not the key here, nor is it the best thing for your body.  Processed is processed, gluten-free or not.  If you’re not currently eating processed foods, please don’t start eating processed foods just because they are gluten-free!

Aim to keep baked and packaged goods to a minimum overall.  For example, choose whole brown rice or quinoa over gluten-free bread or crackers.  But when you need a treat – and everyone does! – there are plenty of gluten-free options.

Articles & Resources

Be Prepared!

Remember to go over the following guidelines so you know where to start…

>> How to Go Gluten-Free

>> Gluten-Free ABCs

More info to come soon!  Post a comment if you’re going to join us!

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