What is a Whole Food?

So last time I talked about food as being Medicine and this week, I am going to give you more specifics.




What is a whole food?


Whole foods are foods that are in the same form that they are found in nature. They are fresh, unprocessed, simple, and organic. You will see overlap of the some foods in different categories as whole foods usually supply more than one main nutrient.

Foods that are not “real” or whole – 
Any foods that does not mold or turn rancid in 2-3 weeks left at room temperature is not a living real food.


Below are foods that keep our bodies healthy and sustain us.



  • Beans
  • Whole Grains
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • Nuts
  • Seeds

Healthy Carbohydrates

  • Vegetables
  • Whole Grains
  • Beans 
  • Fruit
Quality Protein
  • Beans
  • Nuts and Seeds
  • Eggs
  • Fish
  • Lean Poultry, lamb, pork or beef (preferably organic, grass or range fed)
  • Milk for those who can tolerate it – Organic is a must and preferably raw


Healthy Fats

  • Fish Oil
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Cold expeller-pressed plant oils – such as grapseed, walnut, and sesame
  • Avocado
  • Olives
  • Coconut
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Flax Seed Oil
Become an ingredient/label reader!!!!
Foods to stay away from:

Hydrogenated or partially hydrogenated oils

High Fructose Corn Syrup
Processed foods
Foods with food coloring, preservatives and additives
Sucrulose – aka Splenda
Artificial flavorings
Fractionated Palm Kernel Oil
Corn Sugar
Sodium levels
If some form of sugar or fat is listed as the first 3 ingredients, do not buy it.
Easiest steps to begin to take is to minimize shopping at grocery stores.
Shop mainly at Trader Joes, health food stores and farmers markets.
Other things to help us stay on track:
  • Eat slowly-chew and taste your food
  • Eat before you are starving-it’s best to eat 4-5 times a day
  • Make one meal a day a very relaxed enjoyable experience-the other meals, make it simple and healthy, basically for sustenance.


Lastly, meals that bring us real sustenance are prepared with caring hands and a touch of love. 



  1. Sally says

    Trader Joe”s is the best. The organic fruits and vegetable there are of good quality and are reasonably priced, not outrageously priced as most grocery stores are. Cindy you have great information. It can be a process to change our buying and thus our eating habits, but if you whittle the change down to one or two of your go to items a week, and learn the ingredient content of them you will have a great start to a healthier diet.

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