The 9 Keys for Healthy Eating

I have a penchant for short, pithy explanations to things that people – mostly people selling things – try to make complicated. My favorite example is Michael Pollan’s “Eat food, less of it, mostly plants”. There’s a whole lot of health and wisdom wrapped up in those seven words. Along those same lines, I like the advice offered by Runner’s World magazine for The Healthy Runner’s Diet. It lists six rules applicable to anyone interested in health and longevity:

1. Eat seeds or foods made from seeds
2. Eat five different colored fruits and vegetables daily
3. Eat plant foods with their skins intact
4. Drink milk and eat milk products that come from animals
5. Eat foods that come from cold water
6. Eat meat, poultry, or eggs from free-range or grass-fed animals

There are no calculations here and nothing to write down. And you don’t have to be a slave to every word. You won’t sprout hair on your palms if you forget your five colors a day. These are guidelines and not commandments.

I will add another three:

7. There are no forbidden foods. No food will make you die tomorrow. Observe moderation
8. There are no super foods. No food will impart immediate health and longevity
9. Anyone who tells you to AVOID THIS ONE FOOD!! or to EAT THIS ONE FOOD!!! is selling you something. Ignore them.

Stay healthy!

Do you have any pithy tips for better health or relationships? Ways to navigate through life with more grace? Please drop a line and comment.

Cheers!