Eating a healthy balanced diet is one of best things you can do to aid natural healing.
Whether, that is healing a bad back, combating stress, lowering your blood pressure or simply wanting to lose weight.
But, do you really know what are best foods to eat are to aid natural healing?
You may have tried, special shakes, fat free foods or even attended weekly weight loss classes.
You are told by the nutrition experts to…
- Eat less Gluten
- Cut out saturated fats
- Add more omega 3 fatty acids
- Eats less calories
We all look on the labels and automatically think just because it has hardly any calories. It must be healthy.
And to be honest, we have absolutely no idea what a calorie is!
Then, we get confused about what we really should be eating to aid our recovery.
Now, this exactly what journalist Michael Pollan was going through!
He was so confused and frustrated he set out to find an answer to a simple question
What should I eat?
And, after trudging through the confusing world of nutritional science.
To his surprise, he found the answer was far simpler than he could ever imagine.
In fact, it could be boiled down to just seven words!
Eat food, Not too much, Mostly plants
Michael also broke down the seven words into simple food rules that anyone can understand and apply to their daily lives!
So, let’s find out how these seven words can help you!
What you are going to learn from Michaels simple rules
- The 3 proven facts that nutritional science does not want you to know about
- What should I eat – Eat food
- What kind of food should I eat – Mostly plants
- How should I eat – Not too much
The 3 Proven Facts That Nutritional Science Does Not Want you To Know About.
What if I told you that nutritional science only started 200 years?
To put it into comparison, nutritional science is no further ahead than surgery was in the year 1650!
Doesn’t fill you with confidence, does it!
Michael Pollan stated…
“I’ve learned volumes about all we don’t know about nutrition, I’ve also learnt a small number of very important things we do not know about food and health.
In fact, there are only 2 important things you need to know about the links between diet and health
2 facts that are not in dispute!
And, even more important, these facts are sound and sturdy enough that we can build a sensible diet upon them”
We are never told about this very simple fact that finally cuts through the confusion and have a simple answer to the question.
What do we really need eat to stay healthy and to promote natural healing?
Population that eats a so-called western diet generally has a diet consisting of….
- Processed foods
- Added fat and sugar
- Lots of refined grains
- Saturated fats
Basically, pretty much everything except, vegetables, fruits and whole grains!
For whatever reason, this diet has become a massive problem in the western world and has a major part in manifesting and the suffering of western diseases.
- Type 2 diabetes
- Heart disease
- To name but a few
In fact, the four of the top 10 killer diseases in America alone, are linked to a poor diet.
If we live in the west, it’s all around us! Fast food restaurants, hot dogs stands, fizzy/soda drinks and even the media bombarding us with advertising for alcoholic drinks and processed foods.
And to be honest, we never see advertising promoting fruit and vegetables. It may even feel ridiculous to many of us.
Now we know that the western diet is not a good way to go, that’s if you don’t mind manifesting any of the western diseases.
Populations, who eat a wide range or a traditional diet, mainly don’t suffer from chronic diseases.
Here are a few examples…
- Inat in Greenland eat largely seal blubber which is high in fat.
- The Massi in Africa have a high protein diet that mainly consists of cattle blood, meat and milk.
- Central American Indians eat mostly maize and beans that is high in carbohydrate.
Ok, these are very extreme examples.
But the simple fact is there is no one single diet on earth that suits all our needs, It just does not exist!
Now, Michael Pollan states that there is actually a third fact!
People who get off the western diet can see their health and wellbeing dramatically turn around for the best. TWEET THIS!
As mentioned in Michaels book…
A typical American population that made even a small change that leads them towards a more traditional diet, could reduce the….
Chances of getting heart disease by 80%.
Chances of getting type 2 diabetes by 90%
Chances of getting Colon Cancer by 70%
But, surprisingly we’re never told any of these simple facts!
Because the diet and health industry want to create confusion which in turn keeps on making them money!
2 trillion to be exact!
There is always a new wonder diet, a special pill,
Low fat this…reduced calories that!
In fact, all we need to do is eat real food!
Now, with these 3 facts in mind, Michael Pollan set out to make it so easy for his family to eat a healthy diet.
Without trying to figure out what if it’s healthy or full of processed ingredients.
So then, Michael set out some foods rules that can be narrowed down to just 7 words…
Eat food, Not too much, mostly plants
Below are some of the best examples of 60 of Michael’s rules. And you will quickly understand how simple eating can be!
What should I eat?
Eat food that will eventually rot!
Food processing all began to extend the self-life of food! So! the more the food is processed the longer the self-life.
Real food is alive and therefore it will eventually die! (Rot)
- Non-processed meat
- Natural Grains and nuts
Avoid foods products with the word “lite”, “low Fat” or “Non-Fat” in their names!
Just because you remove the name fat, does not mean it is not fattening or healthy.
We then think we can eat more just because it says “Low Fat” on the label!
In fact, they are just as unhealthy, as they are full of refined sugars.
Since the low fat campaigns began in late 1970, Americans actually have been eating 500 more calories per day.
And, most of these calories are in the form or refined sugars!
Don’t eat anything your great grandmother wouldn’t recognise as food!
Just imagine you grandmother walking around your local super market.
I am sure you would agree most of the food on the shelf your grandmother would have absolutely no idea what most of the food is.
In her day, what you might think as traditional food, was all that was to offer as food processing was probably not even been invented.
So, you grandmother would buy fresh food and then cook from scratch!
Unlike today, where we can put it in the microwave or even get it delivered to our door.
I am sure you would agree your grandmother’s way is so much healthier.
What kind of food should I eat?
Treat meat as a flavouring or a special occasion food!
Ok, it is true that you will be a lot healthier if you are a vegetarian! But this does mean you have to cut out meat altogether.
In fact, people who eat meat only twice a week are just as healthy as a vegetarian!
But, If you really want to eat meat everyday make sure there is simply more vegetables than meat on your plate!
Eat plants, especially leaves!
There are so many studies showing that a diet consisting of vegetables and fruits reduces the risk of all the so-called western diseases.
In fact, the countries that eats more fruit and vegetables a day, the rate of cancer is half of what it is in the United States.
That is huge!
And as an added bonus, they also live longer!
All because they eat fewer calories!
Eat your colours!
A healthy plate of food generally has bright colours!
Take a look at your fruit bowl; it’s full of reds, yellows, orange and even purples!
Even the salad in your fridge is full of colour.
Each colour has a different health benefit. So try to mix loads of different colours on your plate of food.
And you will not go far wrong!
How should I eat!
Not too much!
Stop eating before you are full!
The Japanese have a saying, “hara hachi bu”
Which means stop eating when you are 80% full
We all do it!
We eat so much we feel bloated or we have always been told by are parents to finish our food!
So, ask yourself?
Not, am I full? But instead is my hunger gone?
This makes you think from a different angle!
Eat slowly enough to savour your food.
When you eat slowly,
You will then find that you will need to eat less food to feel satisfied.
Also, put down your knife and fork between each mouth full. I have tried this, and it is surprising how it slows down the way you eat. As an added bonus you enjoy the food more.
Buy smaller plates and glasses
It’s simple really, the bigger the plate the more we will eat!
One research found that simply switching from a 12” plate to a 10” plate made us eat 22% less food.
Ok, you may have to buy some more plates and glasses.
But hey! It will be worth it!
Ok, there it is!
If for some reason the 9 rules I have mentioned just don’t resonate with you, there are another 51 in Michaels book Food Rules.
There is one more rule I would like to share from Michael’s book.
Break the rules once in a while!
We are always worrying about dieting and nutrition and forget to enjoy food and life itself.
So if once in while if you want a full big high fat burger, GO FOR IT!
If you are making the right choices 95% of the time, one burger is not going to harm you!
For example, my brother Craig has lost 14lbs in a month.
All Craig did was cut out the processed food and started to eat more fruit, salad, and vegetables. And instead of crisps he started eating natural nuts.
But what he did say to me, I will never forget it!
“Yes I have got into the habit of eating healthy but I will never give up my beer on the weekend and if I want a burger after a night out or have a takeaway, I am going to have it!”
Ok, Craig might have lost more weight if he did not have the beer or the burger!
However, because Craig had changed his overall habits around his daily diet he will lose the weight anyway!
Oh Yes! I forgot to mention!
Craig never even knew about these rules when he started, he figured it out himself!
So, you only need to pick 1 rule from each section EAT FOOD, MOSTLY PLANTS, NOT TO MUCH.
And know that you can prevent or recover from any western disease!
Above all, choose to make a positive change towards a long and healthy life!
Because this is all it is… a choice!
Ok that’s all for now.
As always if you have any questions please let me know in the comments below. I love to hear from you