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Most people are confused about what to eat because of all the diet and nutrition advice out there. Most of the time, modern science is pretty clear about the best diet for most people. You can find the best diet for humans.
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Today, we have access to more information about diet and disease than any other group has ever had. We can look at the findings of thousands of studies from any device.
Billions of websites tell you what to eat and what to avoid while thousands of nutrition and diet books are published every year.
Unfortunately, many of them are wrong.
I have seen experts tell people to eat all calories in two hours of the day, while others tell them to eat nothing at all.
We have different people telling us to eat meat, go vegan or not to eat fruit learn more before noon.
A man with one watch knows what time it is when he hears conflicting information. A man with two watches is not sure.
The status quo prevails in the sea of confusion. You are more likely to take the path of least resistance if you don’t have a clear path. There is a toxic food culture.
Most serious food and health researchers are aware of basic care and feeding of humans.
Modern medical science is very clear about the ways in which the diet can help prevent or even reverse chronic illnesses.
Most of the time, the optimal diet for humans.
The five regions where people enjoy the longest life spans are identified in a study by National Geographic Fellow and explorer, Dan Buettner.
His studies focus on Sardinia, Italy, as well as the islands of California and Costa Rica.
Dan asked the woman what it was like to hold her granddaughter. She told him it felt like jumping into heaven.
Many people look forward to it.
If we had role models like Dr. Wareham, we might be able to follow in his footsteps. After retiring in 2009, Dr. Wareham lived happily until his 104th birthday.
There are a number of things in common between the Blue Zone regions.
Strong social and family ties ;
; Low rates of smoking ;
A plant-rich and mostly vegetarian diet is what it is.
Consistency and moderate physical activity is enjoyed.
The True Health Initiative was created by the founding director of the Yale-Griffin Prevention Research Center to explore the principles that lead to positive outcomes.
John Robbins and I are both members of the initiative. More than 450 of the world’s leading doctors, scientists, researchers, clinicians and health advocates are with us.
Our goal is to clarify and communicate an emerging consensus that there is a way of eating and living that promotes longevity.
In Michael Pollan’s famous seven words, the conclusion is summarized:
“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
What It Means to “Eat Food”
Ultra-processed, food-like substances that make up most of the calories in the modern diet in the industrialized world are not what we are talking about.
On this point, there is no controversy. Almost every scientist and research organization in the world agrees that we should eat fresh, whole foods that are grown and produced sustainable and minimally processed.
The good news is that real food doesn’t make you addicted. They have more calories than nutrition. It is easier to feel full and happy when you eat them.
What It Means to Eat “Mostly Plants”
And what about eating “mostly plants”?
Plants and fresh vegetables are the most important sources of vitamins and minerals for the human body.
Fruits and vegetables have many health benefits.
The colors of plants like the deep blue of blueberries, the purple in grapes, the orange in pumpkins, the green in leafy greens, and the red of tomatoes are caused by the floroids.
The darker orange the carrot or the darker green the leaf is, the more healthy it will be. Vegetables age and become pale. This shows a decline in nutrition.
The human body needs a lot of vitamins and minerals in order to survive.
A researcher ran an experiment. A variety of carrots were tested.
He had volunteers rate the carrots on taste. The ones that people said tasted the best were the ones that had the highest amount of vitamins.
The flavors of fresh fruits and vegetables speak to you with a distinct elegance.
A midsummer heirloom tomato that is lightly seasoned with sea salt is more delicious than a beefsteak tomato that is picked green and then trucked thousands of miles. The same goes for eating an apple that is fresh from the trees.
The good news is that when you eat mostly plants, you help save forests, water, topsoil, animals, and our climate from suffering and destruction. Your body needs all the vitamins and minerals it can get.
What About Meat, Fish, Eggs, and Dairy?
The vast majority of people would benefit from eating more plant foods and less animal products, according to informed researchers.
Some people might be better off with a small amount of wild animal products in their diet. The answer isn’t the same for everyone and that is a subject of debate.
34% of the calories in the average American’s diet come from meat, dairy, and eggs, while less than 3% come from vegetables and less than 2% from fruits. Without question, that is too little vegetables, too little fruits, and too much meat, dairy, and eggs.
industrialized animal agriculture is a nightmare for the planet and is cruel to animals.
For almost all of us, the optimal direction seems to be plants.
The Eating Plan I Recommend
The core principles of the Food Revolution Diet Plan were developed as I was researching for my book.
Unlike a lot of diet plans, these principles are flexible. They are more about pointing in a direction.
I don’t want to tell anyone exactly what they should or shouldn’t eat because of the diversity of life experiences and contexts.
Some overarching principles are beneficial for everyone.
The Food Revolution Diet Plan has 4 principles.
Don’t eat processed food. Our bodies were not designed for these things. Eat less animal products. Modern meat and dairy products are leading causes of heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and Obesity, as well as culprits in widespread environmental destruction. Eat more plant foods. Fruits, vegetables, and other whole plant foods give you an abundance of vitamins, minerals, and other phytonutrients that help your brain, lungs, heart, immune system, and cells thrive. When you buy more organic, non-GMO, humane, local, and fair-trade foods, you are supporting farmers who do the right thing, as well as taking a stand for your health and planet.
It is the choices you make day in and day out that chart your course.
I am not asking you to sign a purity pact or to be subjected to regular inspections by the food police, I just want you to know that. I will still love you if you want to eat pizza or ice cream occasionally. I hope you will still love me as well.
It’s not what you do that matters. It is the choices you make day in and day out that chart the course of your life.
Always Remember: You’re Unique (Just Like Everyone Else!)
Your hormones, cardiovascular system, neurology, digestion, and even your psychological and emotional state all have an impact on how you respond to food.
We run the risk of not paying attention and not listening when we try to make people conform to our beliefs about the right way to eat or to behave.
When you approach your body and path with open-minded curiosity, you create the conditions for learning. You can grow into some degree of wisdom from the learning.
Does a child need as much food as a grandparent? Does a sedentary worker need the same diet as an athlete?
When a one-size-fits-all approach becomes part of our identity, we deny our individuality.
How People Metabolize Food Differently
A study published in the journal Cell found that people metabolize the same food in different ways.
800 people were recruited by researchers to measure how food was absorbed. Participants were asked to log every bite, sip, exercise session, bowel movement, and sleep session on a phone app.
Their blood sugar levels were measured every five minutes by a device attached to their bodies. Everyone ate the same meals for breakfast.
The researchers were struck by how different the participants’ responses were.
The man’s blood sugar went up more than ice cream did. Tomatoes spiked another participant’s blood sugars. If you drank a glass of beer, your blood sugar levels would go up. For others, the opposite was true.
Some people thrive with a full breakfast, while others prefer a less full breakfast with fruit or a smoothie. What is best for your body may change over time.
What’s the Best Diet for You?
The main principles of healthy eating are clear. Every human is unique.
We look at the science in my new book. I show you how you can combine scientific studies with tools to listen to your body’s signals and establish the habits that are right for you.
You are the best authority on your life experience.
You are the only one on this plant.
I hope that will help you feel special.
Tell us in the comments below:
- Have you ever seen people respond to the same foods in different ways?
- What did you learn about the best diet?