How real food CAN save the planet


How real food can save the planet should be a major talking point... so why isn't it? I won’t beat about the bush. The media’s manipulation of public thought and opinion used to be cunning and covert; now (even in the UK) it’s upfront and unashamedly blatant with a whole series of biased documentaries and media reports on how going plant-based and even 100% vegan is better for us and for the planet:

“A sustainable food system is protective and respectful of biodiversity and ecosystems, culturally acceptable, accessible, economically fair and affordable, nutritionally adequate, safe and healthy while optimizing natural and human resources.”

The Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations

Look around, it’s a MESS…

Like me, you’re probably very worried about our food, our health and our planet and agree with the ethics and the principles of a plant-based diet. We probably agree that we just cannot allow present intensive and unethical industrial systems to continue to destroy the environment, disrespect animal life and undermine our health. It must stop now.

But is banishing cows and farming from the planet really the solution? And what is the actual evidence (not the rhetoric) for this?

An ecological DISASTER!

In fact, the science clearly tells us that this is NOT the solution. We have strong science to show that restoring REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE, as Nature intended, is the solution to end this cycle of destruction.

Indeed, we have a plethora of robust, independent evidenced-based science showing us that ending farming would bring about an ecological disaster that will destroy the very things that we’re trying to protect… our food, our health and our planet.

And, whether we eat animal or plant-based diet, cows are fundamental to this process.

The science on food, on health and on the environment shows that is that it’s the way we’ve been raising, growing, producing, cooking and sourcing all our food that has been utterly destructive at every level.

It’s the how, not the cow and it’s the intensive monocultures and industrial food production systems that are destroying our food, our health and our planet.

“Food has the power to change our most important global issues – transforming individual, environmental, economic, societal, and global health, and everything in between."

- Dr Mark Hyman

The Real Food Solution…

Time cannot stand still, and new wisdom emerges daily, so I have updated Once Upon a Cook – Food Wisdom, Better Living and am publishing it with a new title which more closely reflects our need to understand the inextricable links between our food, our health and our planet and what we can do about it

The Real Food Solution front cover

The Real Food Solution has been reviewed and updated by a readership across farming, food and medicine, drawing upon the science, the art and the valuable experience within these disciplines.

In The Real Food Solution, I’ve once again delved deep into the science to find the evidence, set the record straight and offer an intelligent, balanced and environmentally sound solution for people and planet.

It really is a treasury of evidence-based wisdom for more energy, vitality and better health - for you and your planet.

You will learn truths about the way we’ve been raising and growing our food which will make you want to change the way you eat for better. And you’ll learn how to change the way you eat for a healthier and sustainable future for us all.

I want you to read this book - because we owe it to ourselves, our health, our future and our planet to know better and do much better.


The Real Food Solution is an update and revision of the previously (2019) published Once Upon a Cook - Food Wisdom, Better Living. If you already have a copy, there is no need to purchase this revision.

Izabella Natrins

I'm here to inspire and support women at midlife and beyond to re-ignite purpose and meaning to take back control of their health and create the radical, resilient heath they want and deserve. As a whole-health expert with over 30 years experience in the field, a qualified Health and Wellness Coach and Ballymaloe-trained nutritional chef, my real food nutrition and lifestyle medicine programmes support women fighting fatigue, struggling with overwhelm, weight gain, sleep, energy and niggling or multiple diagnosed health issues. As an advocate for real food nutrition, regenerative agriculture and whole-health, my book 'The Real Food Solution' is an evidence-based treasury wisdom for energy, vitality and better health for people and planet and a call to action to change the way we grown, source and cook our food. As the CEO at The UK Health Coaches Association, I'm proud to continue the task of leading the first professional association for Health and Wellness Coaches in the world and the gold standard for the UK and Ireland.

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