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Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Advice for Food

I finished reading In Defense of Food on the flight to NYC yesterday. It was very well written and the points were well executed. I wanted to share the advice of the book on how to escape the western diet. They're such common sense that we all know but don't do. Hopefully you'll find them useful as well. For elaboration on these, you'll have to buy the book or borrow it from me :)

1. Just eat food
- Avoid food products containing ingredients that are:
a) Unfamiliar
b) Unpronounceable
c) More than 5 in number or that include
d) High Fructose Corn Syrup

2. Avoid food products that make health claims (and thus has packaging)

3. Shop the peripheries of the supermarket (where the veggies and meats are) and avoid the middle section.

4. Get out of the supermarket - try the farmers market.

5. Eat Mostly Plant - from healthy soils (organic)

6. Remember that you are what you eat eats too. (Look for pastured not necessarily free range chickens or 100% grass fed cattle)

7. Eat well grown food from healthy soils (organic, whole foods)

8. Be the kind of person who takes supplements (but don't take them)

9. Don't eat anything that your great grandmother wouldn't recognize.

10. Pay more - eat less. (Pay more for higher quality, organic, whole foods)

11. Eat Meals - with people not alone - at a table

12. Don't get your fuel from the same place your car does

13. Eat slowly (it takes 20 min for your body to tell your brain that you're full)

14. Cook and if you can, plant a garden


  1. Love love love this book! Glad you got some good nuggets from it. :)

    I really enjoy the Sunnyvale farmers Market on saturdays and planning my weekly meals in advance really help so I buy just what I need. It's probably the best (and cheapest) way to get sustainable, organic produce. Pinnacles Farm and Happy boy Farm are my two favorites!

  2. and I love Heidi Swanson's Super Natural Cooking Cookbook!