GROCERY SHOPPING?

GROCERY SHOPPING? Shop the periphery of the store for fresh foods, not the aisles, where the processed (high in fat, sugar, and salt) food resides.

I love Michael Pollan’s books, especially the new one:

7 Words & 7 Rules for Eating

Pollan says everything he’s learned about food and health can be summed up in seven words: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”

Probably the first two words are most important. “Eat food” means to eat real food — vegetables, fruits, whole grains, and, yes, fish and meat — and to avoid what Pollan calls “edible food-like substances.”

Here’s how:

  1. Don’t eat anything your great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.

  2. Don’t eat anything with more than five ingredients, or ingredients you can’t pronounce.

  3. Stay out of the middle of the supermarket; shop on the perimeter of the store.

  4. Don’t eat anything that won’t eventually rot.

  5. It is not just what you eat but how you eat. “Always leave the table a little hungry,” Pollan says.

  6. Families traditionally ate together, around a table and not a TV, at regular meal times.

  7. Don’t buy food where you buy your gasoline. In the U.S., 20% of food is eaten in the car.

 

Dr John Ellis MD

Board-certified anesthesiologist, with expertise in cardiovascular anesthesia and the implications of obesity and sleep apnea in anesthesia. See vascularanesthesia.com for professional information. Dr. Ellis has used the strategies in here to: (1) lose 120 lbs over 18 months, (2) stop all antihypertensive medicines, and (3) no longer need CPAP treatment for sleep apnea.

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