Food. It can be a topic for hot debate these days, with terms like organic, non-GMO, paleo, vegan. etc., all thrown around in hopes of figuring out what is the perfect diet (not to mention the huge industry that results). Those two words “perfect” and “diet” should never go together. I know that for me, eating is all about trial and error of what makes me feel good and energized – and also letting the act be enjoyable as well (enter chocolate and sweet potato fries and too much wine with friends). I came across this New York Times article that really spoke to this and in a very simple way outlined a healthy approach to diet. Here are the rules pared down (read the full version here). It was such a refreshing take on what has become overwhelming subject. Would you add anything to this list?
1. Get as much of your nutrition as possible from a variety of completely unprocessed foods.
2. Eat lightly processed foods less often.
3. Eat heavily processed foods even less often.
4. Eat as much home-cooked food as possible, which should be prepared according to Rule 1.
5. Use salt and fats, including butter and oil, as needed in food preparation. When you do eat out, try to eat at restaurants that follow the same rules.
6. Drink mostly water, but some alcohol, coffee and other beverages are fine.
7. Treat all beverages with calories in them as you would alcohol.
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