Eat food Not too much Mostly plants (24904)

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

"That, more or less, is the short answer to the supposedly incredibly complicated and confusing question of what we humans should eat in order to be maximally healthy."

- Michael Pollan, the New York Times columnist and best-selling author of Food Rules: An Eater's Manual

Those seven words, coined by Michael Pollan, are perhaps the only nutritional advice you'll ever need. Eat food. Mostly plants. Not a lot. Not only is this good advice, but it is brief and a tad humerous. This article will expand on what exactly Pollan means, and will also teach you to incorporate the seven words of advice into your diet.

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants

What does Pollan mean by saying "eat food"? He means, "Don't buy cereals that change the color of the milk". If it's still not clear, perhaps this will help: "Don't eat anything your great-great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food." Am I clear? Pollan is suggesting that we eat more traditional, whole foods. For example, snack on a banana instead of a fruit roll up, laden with artificial coloring and flavoring. Have water or 100% fruit juice instead of Sunny-D and Diet Coke. Avoid processed foods and foods loaded with chemcials. Look at the ingredients - is there anything you can't pronounce? Anything you are unfamiliar with? Are there more than 5 ingredients? Would you eat a product with a chemical called polyvinylpyrrolidone, along with a dozen other unfamiliar ingredients? Neither would I.

The best place to shop for real food at the Farmer's Market. If it's within your means, Pollan reccommends buying organic. You may think that costs too much, but Pollan's response is, spend more but eat less.

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

Michael Pollan recognizes that much of our problems with food have to with quantity. For all the rubbish circulating about quality (eg. don't eat fat, don't eat carbs, etc), we rarely mention quanitity. But really, gaining weight is a simple manner of calories in, calories out. If you eat more, you're going to weigh more. Simple. That's why Pollan's guideline "not too much" is particularly important. Yes, advice to "eat less" might be unwelcome, but it is scientifically sound.

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

Pollan urges his readers to eat more plants, particularly more leaves. Plants are usually high in antioxidants, fiber, omega 3, vitamins and minerals. With the exception of nuts and seeds, plants are also very low in calories. You can't go wrong eating a plant!

If you like Michael Pollan, try out Food Rules: An Eater's Manual. Pollan also has many other fantastic books, including

The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals

In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto

The Botany of Desire

Find Pollan's products on Amazon (see products at right) or at any local bookstore.

Have you read any of Pollan's books? What do you think of his Food Rules? Please leave a comment. Thanks for reading!