What if you woke up tomorrow and found that eating whole foods reduced your cravings for sugar and junk food? Cooking wasn’t a chore, but something that you looked forward to doing? Saturated fats are important sources of essential nutrients? Canola and soy oil should be avoided? Low-fat foods contribute to chronic diseases? Welcome to the world of Real Cooking.
Real Cooking founder Hollie Greenwood, says, “We find that far too many people who identify themselves as healthy think it’s normal to pop antacids after meals, or rely on over-the-counter medications for frequent allergies or headaches. Perhaps they get colds or flu regularly; they weigh too much, or they need a sugary treat to get through their day. All this, and people believe they’re living normal, healthy lives!
“We don’t think this is normal at all, nor does it fit our definition of health. Health has everything to do with the way we eat and the dietary choices that we make. It begins with eating real foods. Luckily these foods taste good and makes you feel good, too! In fact, eating this way can be so satisfying that energy stays balanced and steady for hours afterward. Even better, when you’re eating what your body really needs, you don’t even crave the bad stuff!
“Real food means whole, fresh ingredients grown and produced in harmony with nature. These real foods provide an abundance of nutrients, and, when properly prepared, allow your body to assimilate their true goodness.
“When we cook, we abide by these principles. We promote foods universally acknowledged to be healthy: local, organic produce; whole grains, nuts, legumes and seeds; unrefined oils; and mineral-rich sea salt. Where we follow the wisdom of our ancestors is with the inclusion of sustainably-raised, pasture-fed meats like beef, lamb, and poultry; wild seafood and game; full-fat fresh dairy products; and eggs – and the traditional way in which we prepare and care for these foods that nourish us.”
Nutrition is the answer to many chronic health problems, says Greenwood, but you must find the foods that are right for you. Discovering the right foods and avoiding the wrong foods can be the keys to helping the following conditions: fatigue, digestive problems, toxicity, weight management, sleep problems, blood sugar issues, heart health, chronic inflammation, food sensitivities, and stress management.
Hollie Greenwood, MS, is a holistic health educator, chef, author, and national speaker with a Master’s of Science degree in Holistic Nutrition. She’s a native Montanan and owner of Real Cooking, a sustainably-operated nutrition business based in Missoula and now in Stevensville. Hollie specializes in helping people with digestive, fatigue and toxicity issues. Her services include: dietary coaching, cooking instruction classes, nutritional supplement evaluation, health education programs, and custom meal plans.
If you would like to look better, feel better and live longer, call Hollie at 406-493-0779 for a personalized consultation. Her Stevensville office is located at Headwaters Wellness Center, 212 Main.