Eat Food – Is It Really That Simple?

In Defense of FoodPeriodically we”ll be sharing with you some of the books that we’ve read that have had a positive impact on how we see the world and what types of foods and nutritional supplements we recommend.

People often ask us what supplements we take and what supplement they can take that will help a particular issue they’re having.  There are great supplements that we recommend all the time, and we’ll be talking about them in future posts, but in our opinion one of the first things to consider when you want to get healthy and stay healthy is to take a look at what your eating every day.

In his fantastic book – ‘In Defense of Food’ – Michael Pollan encourages all of us to simply start by eating real food.  By “real food”, we’re not talking about “edible foodlike substances,” but rather the food that your great grandmother would recognize as food.

One of the best pieces of advice in his book is to shop the perimeter of your local grocery store.  Next time you go grocery shopping notice what you find there – fruits, vegetables, seafood, meats, dairy, cheese (the real stuff).  Plunge into any of the inner aisles and you’ll see lots and lots of boxes with things in them that resemble food but are far from it.  While many of these products are loaded with ingredients that make our taste buds happy, they also can wreak havoc on our bodies and lead to all kinds of chronic disorders and diseases.

Nothing compares to the nutritional value of fresh food that has not been processed to strip away the vital nutrients.  If you can purchase organic foods at your local farmer’s market that is ideal.  The closer to the source, the better.  If not, then try to stay on the perimeter of your grocery store and look for the labels that say organic.

The foundation of good health is a healthy diet, so let’s start our journey by trying to consume food that’s actually – well – food!

Be well


2 thoughts on “Eat Food – Is It Really That Simple?

    • Great point! There is a lot of controversy on the use of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) in our food suuply and on the lack of required labeling. In Europe it is a requirement to label all food that contains greater than 0.9% GMOs. In the US and Canada it remains voluntary. In an upcoming post I’ll be providing information on how to avoid GMO foods.

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