My friend Pinky wisely said, “At this point in my life, preparing healthy meals is not about wanting to be sexy or attractive anymore. It’s now about making informed decisions about what I put in my system.” She’s absolutely right.
Her breakfast that day: a slice of whole wheat bread slathered with peanut butter with chocolate, fresh fruit salad of dragonfruit, mango and fresh blueberries; and a quarter cup of brewed coffee.
These days, however, eating has become complicated. Many of us feel insecure about what we know and rely on experts to tell us how to eat — doctors, media, diet books, even health claims on food packages.
Last month, several of my friends consulted a doctor just to ask how they can eat healthy. Former President Arroyo also famously went to a Tagaytay clinic so that she can get some healthy food treatment.
How complicated can it really be?
In his book, Food Rules, Michael Pollan says the answer is not complicated at all. In fact, it can be boiled down to seven words:
Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
And when he says “eat food” he means food, not the “edible food-like substances “ we find in many groceries. They are highly processed, consisting mainly of ingredients none of us would put in our pantries.
That’s it. BRILLIANT!
Alright. I will really try to follow this. Thank you for putting it so simply, Mr. Pollan.
Here’s more from Michael Pollan:
In 2009, he requested readers to send in their food rules. In a span of a few days, more that 2500 responses were received. Click here for 20 of his favorites.
For more of his books and articles, click here.