Simple tips for healthy eating | JSG Heath Nutrition and Dietician

Simple tips for healthy eating | JSG Heath Nutrition and Dietician

Eat food. Don’t eat edible food-like substances; they’re edible, but they’re not food.

Avoid anything with more than five ingredients, or ingredients you can’t pronounce, or ingredients no ordinary person would keep in their pantry. Or high fructose corn syrup. 

Don’t eat food that won’t eventually rot. Sure, a Twinkie will last a long time, but it’s laden with artificial preservatives that are not part of a natural, healthful diet—and that don’t break down as easily inside of you, either.

Avoid products that make health claims. Broccoli doesn’t come with a bunch of packaging explaining all its health benefits. Products that make specific health claims tend to be packaged and formulated “edible food-like substances.”

Stay out of the middle of the supermarket. Shop on the perimeter of the store, where real, fresh food is kept near loading docks. Also, get out of the supermarket whenever you can. Shop at the farmers’ market and eat locally and seasonally when possible.

Eat like an omnivore. Diversify. Eat foods of many (natural) colors. Eat wild foods when you can.

If you eat animals, eat those that themselves have eaten well. (Also, eat animal products from animals that have eaten well. We chat more about this with regard to organic animal products and tips to keep in mind for eating dairy.

Cook. Eat “junk food” if you want, just cook it yourself!

It is not just what you eat but how you eat. Choose small portions, communal meals, and food culture over food science.

 

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