Seven Simple Words for Your Health

In the last few posts, I invited you to pay attention to your attitude and behavior concerning food. To focus on changing your behavior rather than gaining a lot of information. Recently, my client  said to me she knew what she had to do to be healthy before starting the program, but she did not know how to start and how to continue. 

I think it is safe to say that everyone already knows the basic steps to be healthy. I like what Michael Pollan writes on the cover page of his book, “Defense of Food: Eater’s Manifesto”. “Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants”. Seven simple words. A friend posted on her Facebook how confused and overwhelmed she felt with all the nutritional and health information out there. Several people quoted Michael Pollan’s words, and so did I. 

“Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants.” It is that simple. However, a lot of people think that being healthy is complicated. Many people I have talked to think that to be healthy you have to be vegetarian. Not at all. At the school I attend, Institute of Integrative Nutrition, we focus on BIO-INDIVIDUALITY. It simply means that each person is built unique, and that one’s healthy food choice may not so for another. You do not have to follow vegetarian, vegan, Macrobiotic diet, or Paleo diet to be healthy. However, If you do decide to follow it, and you feel great and healthy, by all means, please continue with your journey toward health. I think it is great that you have found something that works for you. But, if you are like many others, a person who has tried more than a handful of diet methods, you might want to close your diet book for a while and follow these seven words. 


Eat Food

This might be new for some who are not used to eating “food”. “Food” does not usually come in a box. “Food” is not made in a factory. “Food” does not require a list of ingredients. When choosing “food”, ask yourself, does it grow in nature? If you choose a packaged food, look at the ingredient and ask yourself, do these ingredients grow in nature? Vegetables, Dairy, Legumes, Grains, Meat, and Fish are in “food” category. Breakfast cereals, frozen entrees (most of them), and boxed dinners are not. 


Not Too Much:

How much is enough? It is hard to say. In Japanese, there is a saying, “Hara Hachibun Me”, which means “when you feel 80% full, stop eating”. I think it is a good guideline. 


Mostly Plants:

Plants include vegetables, fruits, legumes (beans, lentils, nuts), and grains. 


I would also add, “Drink Water”. I, myself, am not good at drinking enough water. I don’t like the taste of plain water. I usually drink non-caffeinated Japanese tea (Mugi-Cha). I also suggest adding some slices of lemons, oranges, cucumbers, berries, and/or herbs (such as mint, basil, rosemary, etc.). 


Happy cooking and healthy eating!


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