To me real food is anything that hasn't been processed or refined and is generally in its natural state. This is meat, fish, eggs, vegetables, fruit, raw dairy, nuts, seeds and some grains and legumes. I find grains and legumes a bit of a grey area as it all depends on the source and the preparation. Many cultures have diets which are quite grain or legume heavy and have been for thousands of years. However, these cultures tend to know how to prepare their grains and legumes so they are easily digested and utilised.
Unfortunately, in the Western world, many of these practices are either unknown or not used because they can be time-consuming and more expensive. The other main problem is the industrialisation of grains. The physical and biological nature of modern grains are so far removed from their original state that their current genetic makeup causes havoc throughout our bodies.
Our family tends to stick to a clean real food diet. Anu and I do eat grains but Bowie will not until her molars come through. We mainly only eat them when they are organic and have been traditionally prepared and when it comes to bread we stick to quality spelt sourdough.
Dairy is another tricky one. We don't use cows milk, preferring to use either nut milk or yoghurt instead. We do use a lot of butter, to me butter is a superfood, full of fat-soluble vitamins and healing nutrients such as Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) a polyunsaturated omega-6 fat that builds lean muscle and helps to fight cancer. It also increases the rate at which fat cells break down and reduces the amount of fat stored. We do use organic cream sometimes, mainly for scrambled eggs or mashed potato. And yoghurt is organic cows milk, although I stick to coconut yoghurt myself, but I am the only one who likes it!
Food is such a hot topic and everyone has an opinion on it. The philosophies I follow work for us but may not necessarily work for you. I encourage you to find what works best for you and your family by listening to your body and how it responds to the food you eat.