Books you Must Read: In Defense of Food
“EAT FOOD. NOT TOO MUCH. MOSTLY PLANTS”
This is the byline of the book: In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto by Micheal Pollan. It seems so simple at first (and it is) but is such a supercharged message. Let’s just break down this byline together.
– Eat Food: Duh, everyone eats food… No but di you really? Food the way it is supposed to be? Whole Food with no additives, chemicals or hyper nutritional terms? No, food that is whole and mostly untouched by humans. When is the last time you went a week without eating anything processed? think about it.
– Not Too Much: This is something i keep repeating to everyone. Portion control is the downfall to most diets. The eat until you are full concept is a very difficult one to measure because people are built differently. You should eat what your body needs and until you feel satisfied. Going through life hungry is no fun, but you have to admit, sometimes you abuse food and end a meal feeling a little heavy and blotted. Measure your food intake (loosely) and just gauge when you start feeling lethargic, because food is supposed to energize you and make you feel good, not make you sweat and want to sleep right away.
– Mostly Plants: This is so simple. Your diet should consist of a majority of fruits and vegetables, in their whole state. Everything else is secondary.
The most important part of this book for me, states that we have to stop looking at food as portein, fat, carbohydrates, etc… and just look at it as food. The more you enjoy eating, the more you will be healthy. Enjoy the good/natural things and don’t over do it.
Get back to real eating.