Instant Food vs Real Food – a look at processed food and real, nutritious food. We are all busy with work, raising children or grandchildren, farm or garden chores, spiritual life activities, home businesses, etc. We seem to rush from one place to the next and some people feel like they are always rushing – just to catch up.
This super busy lifestyle has become the inspiration for a whole host of “instant” products and services. For example we have:
- On demand movies or instant streaming video
- Instant messages, live chat, and email are all forms of instant communication
- The internet is like having a huge library that you can access – in an instant
- ATMs are short for automated teller machines – a convenient way to get your money in an instant
- Mobile phones – make or receive your phone calls where ever you are, in an instant
- Smart phones provide a way to access the internet just about anywhere, you guessed it – in an instant
The list above could go on and on and perhaps you can think of even more things that have become instantly accessible. Even food has changed over the years. Modern man has continued to develop ways to make food more accessible to the masses of people rushing from one place to the next. We now have instant food. Fast Food restaurants have drive thru service so that people can get this instant food even quicker. We don’t even have to park our car and walk inside the building we just drive by a window and grab the food and go. Convenience stores which used to just sell a small selection of “staple items” now have a much larger variety and most of it is prepared and bagged “instant” food. They even offer hot foods to make eating on the run instantly available. So let’s learn more about Instant Food versus Real Food and take a look at processed food and real, nutritious food.
What is Food?
Ask anyone what supermarkets sell and they will tell you food. What is food? Here is one definition:
Any nutritious substance that people or animals eat or drink, or that plants absorb, in order to maintain life and growth.
Processed “Food” Isn’t Real Food
Do you realize that most of the prepackaged “instant” food that is available in a supermarket really isn’t food? They call it food and it will fill your belly but it will not nourish your body, give you good health or help to maintain life. The more a food is processed the less nutrition it contains. Processing removes most if not all of the nutritional value. So once food manufacturers (and I use that term food, very loosely here) destroy the nutritional properties, they add artificial, synthetic vitamins and minerals to “try” to put back some of the nutrition. This doesn’t really work very well because our bodies do NOT readily absorb these synthetic minerals and vitamins.
Most of the items sitting on shelves in grocery stores are NOT real food – they are chemically altered, highly process and void of nutrition. Processed foods have been compromised by the addition of hormones, additives, preservatives, unnatural genetic material or other chemical or heat treatments that alter or destroy the natural healthy enzymes, fatty acids, vitamins and minerals.
The main goal of food processing is:
to lengthen the shelf life of foods so that larger amounts can be sold over time.
Real Food and Whole Foods
In contrast, whole foods are simple and basic. Whole foods need no processing – they are ready to eat off the vine or off the fire; whole foods age as you and I do, and they must be eaten when fresh. How do you tell if a food is highly processed? Ask yourself if the food has been subjected to any of these processing methods in the time before you chose to buy it:
- Has the food been: heated, cooked, reduced, pulverized, smoked, tenderized, cured, spray dried, freeze dried, irradiated, dipped in or sprayed with chemicals, physically or chemically transformed , or genetically modified?
- Does the food have any added: soy fillers, colors, flavors, binders, emulsifiers, anti-caking agents, conditioners, preservatives, texture enhancing agents, or other additives? Are the individual food units (ie each cookie or chip in a bag) uniform in shape in size, indicating some sort of manufacturing extrusion? Have the ingredients of the food been processed?
If the answer to any of these questions is yes, the food has been processed and is no longer close to its natural raw state, and is arguably less nutritious, and in many cases, harmful to eat.
When talking about healthy people who don’t suffer from the degenerative diseases that are epidemic in modern life, author Jonny Bowden, says,
“Here’s what they haven’t done:
thrived on food with bar codes.
Nor, for that matter, have they thrived on food
you could pick up in less than a minute from a drive-through.”
Jonny Bowden is the author of the book, The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth. He continues this topic,
“Eat real food. Stuff your grandmother would have recognized as food. Stuff that usually doesn’t cone in a package. What you eat probably doesn’t ultimately matter as much as how much processing it’s undergone. Real food – whole food with minimal processing – contains a virtual pharmacy of nutrients, phyochemicals,enzymes, vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, and healthful fats, and can keep you alive and thriving into your tenth decade.”
Yahweh’s Instant Food
The Creator of the Universe provides real food for us to eat and much of it can be eaten in an instant.
To learn more about the Top 12 Healthiest Foods on Earth, use this link.
Eating Healthier When You Are In a Hurry
So how can we eat Healthier when we are in a Hurry? There are many things we can do to prepare and make healthier and more nutritious foods ahead of time so that we can eat them later or to prepare them quickly and be able to it them now.
For more ideas, download your copy of the Healthy in a Hurry cookbook! Tasty and healthy recipes for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack time and when you need to grab and go in a hurry. Many recipes fit a RAW lifestyle and we have included good ideas for children and grandchildren too.
For lots of tips to create your own healthy dishes when you are in a hurry, be sure to read: PP
You might be interested in these RAW recipes too:
You can also, listen to Posey on the Remnant Radio program, as she shares more about Instant Food vs Real Food. With information about processed food and real, nutritious food and quick tips to creating healthy in a hurry meals.
Here’s to eating healthier ~ when you’re in a hurry!