It’s literally true – you are what you eat. It’s a shame that so much of what we eat is garbage.
This is an area of great fascination to me. Eating healthy isn’t very difficult to understand, although it can be difficult to carry out. Here’s how to eat healthy, from the words of Michael Pollan – “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
That’s it. That’s all there is.
“Eat food” is the part that’s a little tricky. This is not delivery pizza, ramen noodles, or marshmallow fluff. Food is just that – food. If you leave a McDonalds vanilla shake outside, nothing will eat it – not bugs nor birds (although your dog might try it). If nothing in nature will eat it, you shouldn’t either. If you read the ingredients list and there’s something on there you cannot pronounce or that requires a scientist to explain, it’s not food, don’t eat it. If it should spoil or rot and never does, it’s not food, don’t eat it.
It’s sad to me that in America there are so many choices, yet so many of them are bad. Walking through the grocery store is like walking through a minefield for me these days. I do try to live this way, and it is a lot more complicated than it was back when I just threw whatever I wanted into my cart. Now I’m the person reading the labels on the back of every jar of barbecue sauce, trying to find one that doesn’t have an ingredient list with high fructose corn syrup or five different preservatives in it.
Is this difficult? Compared to not doing it, yes, especially in our “hurry up” society. Are there benefits? Yes, a lot of them. You’ll feel better, get sick less often, look better (really!), and research indicates you’ll have lower risk of cancers and other types of disease. And those are just the selfish reasons. A whole food plant-based diet is better for the planet, too, using less water and promoting less greenhouse gas production that a processed food or meat-heavy diet.
If you’re like me and want a little more detail, I strongly suggest reading The China Study. This book should be required reading for everyone, in my opinion. Every high school should have their students studying this book. Other good books on this topic: Whole, the sequel to The China Study, The Food Revolution, and In Defense of Food.
Thanks again to The Daily Post for the prompt.