If I were to recommend one book in this entire world for healthy eating, it would be Michael Polan’s Food Rules. This is the best non-diet diet book I’ve ever come across. When you establish a healthy eating plan, you should pick something you can stick with for…well, for your entire life. Diets that are only temporary are usually inefficient and sometimes unhealthy. Changing your diet for the better should be something you can establish for a lifetime. That sounds daunting, but it’s really not. Consider the three easiest diet rules you’ve ever seen:
Rule Number One: What should I eat? Eat food.
Rule Number Two: What kind of food should I eat? Mostly plants.
Rule Number Three: How much should I eat? Not too much.
1. For the most part, try to eat real food, not processed food. The more “pure” a food is, the better. It’s not adulterated, altered, tainted with additives or ground into an unidentified substance. It still provides optimal levels of vitamins and antioxidants.
2. According to the pyramid, the things you should be eating the most servings of are fruits and vegetables. Whole grains are also high on the list. Sprinkle produce all throughout your day and you can hardly go wrong.
3. Pare down your serving sizes. Everything should be eaten in moderation. Pay attention to serving sizes. Don’t eat the whole pie, but certainly don’t forget to savor your sliver!
I would add Rule Number Four: Never lose an entire food group! Sure, eat food and eat mostly plants, but never do this to the exclusion of carbs, fats or any other portion of the pyramid. You’ll miss out on essential nutrients, among so many other things.