This is what Michael Pollan suggests. Michael Pollan is an author, journalist and activist; he wrote such books as ‘In Defense of Food and ‘Food Rules’ (both of which I have on order, I can’t wait). But basically, it sums up my goals. Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants. This doesn’t mean I’m becoming vegan or even vegetarian. It just means I want to make healthier choices when it comes to preparing food, I want to eat foods that my great-great-great-great grandparents would recognise.
There is so much literature and blogs and books and articles out there, that it can be very hard to decipher, and very hard to make an informed decision about what is really ‘right’ for you. However, I honestly cannot see anyone making the argument that ‘eating a whole food diet is not good for you’. Eating a whole food diet means, eating foods that haven’t been processed and are as refined as little as possible. Humans have been eating these types of foods for thousands of years, so in my opinion why wouldn’t we continue to eat them? Whole foods generally don’t contain any added ingredients but do tend to contain complex micronutrients.
There are so many things I would love to say about the standard diet these days and how it can affect your health, and there is so many things I would like to say about the kind of diet we should eat. But I’m wary of making generalisations and incorrect facts, as I’m still learning about this all too. However, from the reading I’ve been doing, humans seem to be better suited to an eating plan that consists mostly of plants. According to alot of research, deviating from this has been linked to the development of many diseases such as heart disease, chronic degnerative diseases and cancer. Disease rates in traditional hunter-gatherer communities who relied on animal or plant foods was extremely low; compared to the modern world where diseases and conditions are continuing to rise dramatically. In the modern world, we have access to so many convenience foods; microwave dinners, cake mixes, cookies, bread etc, most of these foods contain simple carbohydrates, such as sweetening agents (as opposed to complex carbs in whole foods) which have been linked to many chronic diseases. There is a lot of information out there on types of carbs; simple vs. complex, and low-gi vs. high-gi. Complex carbs, low-gi. That’s where it’s at.
So what are some examples of whole foods?
Vegetables, fruits, graines, legumes, seeds and nuts.
A few good tips to start with is:
- Eat foods you know what looks like when it is raw
- Eat a rainbow of foods
- Drink alot of water
- Don’t eat too much meat and other animal foods
- Try to avoid foods with more than 5 ingredients
- Stop eating before you are full
- Eat slowly, try and chew your food at least 30 times before swallowing (it’s hard!)
I have definitely eaten my fair share of junk food and fast food, but am going to attempt to cut down dramatically, to the point where I hopefully will only eat these foods occasionally. We only have one life, so we may as well try to maintain our body as best we can. As a diabetic, I supposedly can have a shorter life span that ‘normal’ people, so it is my goal to reverse that.