We strongly believe in the nutrition philosophy of “eating real foods” here at Fit Me In® and we pride ourselves on delivering exactly that to our wonderful customers.
What does real foods mean?
The term real foods mean eating foods predominantly from the land, sky or sea, as close to their natural state as possible. These foods are free from packaging, processing, preservatives, and colours and are rich in nutrients, vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and antioxidants that our bodies thrive for.
Why eat real foods?
Real foods are full of naturally occurring vitamins and minerals: Vitamins and minerals are what we call micronutrients and are essential for all the biochemical reactions that are going on inside our bodies, therefore, our bodies would not be able to function without them.
Real foods are rich in antioxidants: Antioxidants are molecules found in all foods of plant and animal origin. Their role in the body is to neutralise free radicals, unstable molecules that cause oxidative stress in the body.Therefore minimise the risk of many diseases such as CVD and cancer and may even slow down the aging process.
Real foods are rich in phytochemicals: Phytochemicals are non-energy providing chemicals found in plant foods. They have a powerful impact on everything from hormonal status, disease risk, and your ability to fight off colds and infections. Many phytochemicals have the ability to act as antioxidants and have anti-bacterial and anti-viral abilities.
Real foods are high in fibre: Dietary fibre is indigestible carbohydrate found in foods with many health benefits. One of the main reason fibre is so important is it feeds all the wonderful good bacteria in our guts which go on to reduce inflammation, improve digestive issues, improve immune function and even improve mood. Some fibres are slow to be digested, increasing satiety and reducing hunger which is important for weight loss.
Real foods are high in protein: Proteins are the building blocks of life and play a vital role in many biological processes occurring in our bodies. They are extremely important for increasing muscle mass and strength, bone health, antibody creation, enzymatic reactions, hormonal health, and our hair, skin and nail health. Protein also reduces hunger, curbs appetite and increases satiety as well as speeding up your metabolism also important for weight loss.
Real foods are high in healthy fats: Just because fat shares the same name as body fat, doesn’t mean they make us fat. Dietary sources of fat are important for reducing inflammation in the body typically the omega-3 fatty acids, for promoting absorption of fat-soluble vitamins, hormonal health, improving mood and insulation and lubrication in the body. Just like fibre and protein, fat is slow to be digested and therefore is also beneficial in the weight-loss process.
Real foods are low in sugar: Eating less sugar is one of the best things many of us can do to improve our health and wellbeing. Sugar is added to pretty much all processed and refined foods, it is very addictive, has no nutrient value, wrecks havoc on our hormones, promotes the growth of bad bacteria and increases our risk of obesity and its associated chronic diseases.
What are the health benefits of eating real foods?
The nutrient dense qualities of real foods comes with many amazing health benefits.The health benefits of eating a diet predominantly made up of real foods include improved energy levels, digestion, mood, and sleep. Improved skin, hair and eye health and decreased risk of lifestyle disease such as heart disease, diabetes and metabolic syndrome.