We have told you to clean out your kitchen of “bad” foods and go shopping for “good” foods, but what is good and what is bad?
Recently Michael Pollan, a food author, gave a lecture to scientists at the CDC. He shared with them his seven rules for eating and the seven words that sum up those seven rules. He believes that you should “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”
So what does that mean? Well, it means to eat real food – vegetables, fruits, whole grains, fish and meat. And to avoid “edible food-like substances”.
So here are his Seven Rules for Eating:
1) Don’t eat anything your grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.
2) Don’t eat anything with more than five ingredients, or ingredients you can’t pronounce.
3) Stay out of the middle of the supermarket. You should shop the perimeter of the store where you find the fruits, vegetables, and meats.
4) Don’t eat anything that won’t eventually rot. There are exceptions to this rule, as in honey, but avoid things that never go bad…like Twinkies.
5) It is not just what you eat, but how you eat. When you are eating a meal, stop eating before you are completely full. You should be satisfied, not stuffed.
6) Enjoy meals with the people you love. Eat your meals at the dinner table, that is what it is for! Avoid eating meals in front of the TV.
7) Don’t buy food where you buy your gasoline.
Is this all you need to know about how to eat right? Probably not, but it is a good start. You should also remember to eat 4-5 smaller meals through out the day instead of 2-3 large meals. And remember to drink a lot of water.
You can check out the Rialto Nutrition Blog on a daily basis for recipes and tips. Also, for more information on Michael Pollan and his dietary guidelines, read this article.