Nearly half of New Year’s resolutions made in 2020 included eating healthier (43%) and losing weight (37%).1 The abundance of conflicting nutrition advice and growing number of fad diets, however, may explain why these resolutions keep showing up year after year. Despite a seemingly difficult task in today’s food environment, eating healthily and losing weight doesn’t have to be complicated.
No one said it better than Michael Pollan, a professor and well-known author, journalist, and activist. “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” This is the premise of his book entitled Food Rules, which provides 64 straightforward “rules” to follow to achieve optimal health.2
Eat Food: By food, he means real food, not “food” packaged in wrappers (after processing) with long ingredient lists.
Not Too Much: He provides tips to help you slow down, enjoy your food, and not overeat.
Mostly Plants: He doesn’t insist we eliminate any food group, including meat, but does suggest we eat less, and better-raised meat.
Eating healthier and losing weight doesn’t happen overnight, nor does it mean eliminating a food group, or adding a super-food. When it comes to nutrition, optimal health requires consistency – it is the result of all that you consume over weeks, months and years. Make small, simple behavior changes, such as eating more plants, that, over time, turn into habits. And like Pollan says in his last rule, “Break the rules once in a while.”
Read more about Food Rules here.
Blog Post by Nicole Schultz
- Pollan, M. (2009). Food rules: An eater’s manual. New York: Penguin Books.