Eat Real Food
It’s as simple as that. If your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize it as food, then you shouldn’t be eating it (or at least not too much of it).
What is real food?
Real food is whole, single ingredient food. It is mostly unprocessed, free of chemical additives and rich in nutrients. Real food doesn’t have a long ingredient list, isn’t advertised on TV, and it doesn’t contain stuff like maltodextrin or sodium tripolyphosphate
Michael Pollan wrote a book named Food Rules where he shares easy to understand tips on how to eat for a healthier body and planet. He made it really simple.
Here are some of his rules:
1.Shop at the fringes – Stay away from the middle aisles of the supermarket, which tend to be filled with ultra-processed food with brainwashing labels like “trans fat-free,” “low cholesterol” and “heart healthy.”
2. If you can’t say it, don’t eat it (except quinoa and acai)
3. Don’t buy products with more than five ingredients or any ingredients you can’t easily pronounce.
4. Buy Local – Shop at farmers markets and support local delivery services
5. Eat only foods that eventually will rot
6. It’s not food if it arrived through the window of your car.
7. It’s not food if it’s called by the same name in every language (Think Big Mac)
8. Eat animals that have themselves eaten well.
9. Don’t eat breakfast cereals that change the color of the milk.
10. Don’t get your fuel from the same place your car does.