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Eat Real Food – Bariatric Edition

Not all health experts are going to agree with me but I believe that there is a secret solution to get rid of any re-gain or to break a stall and to regain your health.  It’s not some crazy trick or some super supplement either.  It’s just one thing and this one thing can make such a huge difference in your health while eliminating any excess weight.

Eat. Real. Food.  That’s the big secret.  Our beautiful bodies were not made to eat all the refined and processed and packaged foods which we are presenting it with on a daily basis.  It just doesn’t know what to do with it all.  If there is one thing that you can do to get the scale moving again, this is it.  

So what is my definition of real food ?  It’s not processed.  It doesn’t have added chemicals. It is rich in vitamins and nutrients.  It is whole, live, natural, good quality, real food – one ingredient

And some of my reasonings to eat real food are:  Real food is low in sugar.  It is heart-healthy. It is high in fiber. It helps control blood sugar. It is good for your skin.  It helps lower triglycerides. It provides variety. It costs less in the long run. It is high in healthy fats. It may reduce disease risk. It contains antioxidants. It is good for your gut. It helps prevent overeating. It promotes dental health. It reduces sugar cravings. It gets the focus off dieting, and real food is DELICIOUS. 

Sure, processed foods can feel convenient some of the time but we cannot sit here and argue about how they make us happier or healthier.  I feel that following a whole food diet that is based on real, honest to goodness food is one of the most important things that we can do to maintain a high quality of life and good health.

Eating real food isn’t about being perfect.  Just try today to replace one thing that you eat with real food – for example, instead of reaching for that packaged granola bar, reach for a handful of nuts and seeds.  Keep moving forward and be gentle with yourself as you make the changes to a more real food diet.  Let’s get real and understand that you don’t have to have an all-or-nothing perspective.  It takes time to find replacements for your favorite packaged foods.  Look at this like a journey to health and take one step at a time.  It’s all those little steps that add up to healthier you.

Try again and again and again.  It’s a learning process.  

About the Author: Sheri Burke is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist and Bariatric Surgery Coordinator at International Patient Facilitators in Tijuana and Cancun, Mexico. She has worked with bariatric surgery clients for over 10 years and especially enjoys providing nutritional guidance to pre and post bariatric clients.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two teens and cooking up a nutritional storm in the kitchen.

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