The Best $5 You’ll Ever Spend
When it comes to nutrition, people are confused – and rightfully so. What with several different diet books coming out every week contradicting one another, it’s no wonder people have no idea what to eat. On one end of the spectrum you have books telling us that low-carb is the way to go, and as a result, people end up thinking that apples are junk food. Clearly, apples are making people fat.
On the other end, however, we have the low-fat/high carb camp who feel that “diet food” should be packaged into those 100 calorie snack packs. You know, cause Twinkies and M&Ms are healthier. And it doesn’t stop there. We have hundreds of books telling us to eat more protein, no protein, only protein, include more fat, avoid fat at all costs, only eat babies, blah blah blah. Then we have the Atkins Diet, Mediterranean Diet, Ketogenic Diet, Zone Diet, The Pritikin Principle, Eat for Your Type, or whatever Oprah is currently following. Seriously, it’s mind numbing.
I’m going to keep it simple for you. EAT REAL FOOD!!!!! Both myself and Brian St. Pierre (who does all the nutritional consultations at CP) have started to revert to this simple – albeit effective – concept. Not surprisingly, we’ve come to realize that when people start doing this, the calories tend to adjust themselves and good things start to happen.
As such, I’ve been telling many of my clients to go buy Michael Pollan’s latest paperback, Food Rules (seriously, it’s only $5).
It’s more of a “how to” handbook than anything else, but in it, Pollan lays out 64 straightforward “rules” for eating wisely. Stuff like:
– Eat food: we’re inundated with over 17,000 “edible food like substances” whenever we walk into the local super market. Is it even food? Let alone healthy for us?
– Avoid food products containing ingredients that a third-grader cannot pronounce.
– Don’t get your fuel from the same place your car does.
– Don’t eat breakfast cereals that change the color of milk.
– It’s not food if it’s called by the same name in every language. (Think Big Mac, Cheetos, or Pringles).
– It’s not food if it arrived through the window of your car.
– Eat animals that have themselves eaten well.
NOTE: For the record, while there’s all sorts of “shenanigans” in the meat these days (literally and figuratively speaking), I still secretly believe that that shit eventually it will give me some sort of mutant power. X-ray vision, perhaps? Sha-ZOWIE!
Suffice it to say, I think you’d be hard pressed to find any arguments towards any of the “rules” stated above – in addition to the other 50+ in the book. While we can all sit here and debate macronutrient percentages, nutrient timing, ideal caloric intake, supplements, organic vs. conventional farming, etc, what it really comes down to is eating real food.
Honestly, the less processed crap we put into our bodies, the better. I truly believe that if more people made a concerted effort to eat more natural foods, they’ll not only feel infinitely better, but their bodies would look infinitely better as well. Who’s having sex with the lights on tonight? YOU ARE. That’s who!
UPDATE: I just know that some internet hero is going to chime in and tell me I’m an orthorexic because I’m telling people to eat more fruits and vegetables. Wait for it, wait for it………..