Simply put, he changed my life.
Now I’ve never met the man, and I’ve hardly even seen him on TV. But I have read some of his books. They are life changing. No joke.
I’ll tell you, I was very skeptical at first. I thought “here’s a journalist with no formal nutrition training telling me (a registered dietitian, thank you very much) how to eat, puh-leeze!”
But he makes sense… A lot of sense.
In summary here are some tidbits of why I think he’s so great:
- He contributed to Food, Inc. If you haven’t seen that movie… see it. ASAP. I own it, so if you’re interested in borrowing it, please let me know (local friends only!). Food, Inc. is an eye-opening look at the food industry. It should change the way you eat forever.
- His book In Defense of Food. What a great concept… eating REAL food. His book states it very simply, but in a way that makes a whole lot of sense: “Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” There’s a lot of great info in that in the book… please check it out!
- His resources for families. Click here for more info.
- His collection of Food Rules. These are a few of my favorites:
- Buy your snacks at the farmer’s market.
- Eat only foods that will eventually rot.
- Avoid food products containing ingredients that no ordinary human would keep in the pantry.
- It's not food if it arrived through the window of your car.
- Eat mostly plants, especially leaves.
- Eat animals that have themselves eaten well.
- Don’t eat breakfast cereals that change the color of the milk.
- Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself.
- Pay more. Eat less.
- Stop eating before you’re full.
- Don’t get your fuel from the same place your car does.
At the very least, I urge you to check out his site and read a few articles. I know very few of us (me included) could ever eat 100% of the way he recommends, but if we all make small steps, one at a time, we (and the planet) will all end up much healthier.