Years ago, it was a challenge to get people to squat bellow parallel. Now there is debates and forums about high bar vs low bar, feet in, vs 45 degree toe out, hand and neck position…you can get lost in weeds of the arguments and lose a lot of common themes from every single one of those positions. The same can be said about food.
When thinking about food it is easy to ask Keto? Paleo? RP? Zone? Macros? Rather than starting with the details, I wanted to shoot some general guidelines and then move into specifics, who they work best for, and what is best for everyday GPP (general physical preparedness) vs performance and competitors.
Michael Pollan is the author of “In Defense of Food” and has recently partnered up with PBS to put out a short documentary. Netflix currently has this film available and I would highly recommend it as a starting point for our nutrition conversation. You can summarize his whole methodology into seven simple words…
“Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”
He has some rules that he applies that are fairly simple to follow when thinking about eating:
- Eat well grown food from healthy soil (i.e organic vegetables, grass-fed meat, free-range chicken, wild caught fish)
- If it came from a plant, eat it: If it came from a plant, don’t.
- Eat foods that will eventually rot.
- Eat when you are hungry, not when you are bored.
- Eat mostly plants, especially leaves.
- Avoid food products containing ingredients a third-grader couldn’t pronounce.
- Spend as much time enjoying the meal as it took to prepare it.
- Don’t eat anything you great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.
- Drink a glass of wine at dinner. (probably the easiest rule to follow)