For many years I have been studying nutrition and playing around with food to see what works and what doesn’t. There is so much conflicting research on what is healthy and what is not, that it’s nigh impossible to rely solely on information from books, websites or even health practitioners. The best diet is the one you tailor for yourself: gathering information from a variety of sources, listening to your body and understanding your own experience of food. And we all know that our finger licking habits change over time anyway.
Questions. What about cholesterol; saturated fats; sugar? Paleo diet, vegetarianism, fasting, Mediterranean diet, pizza diet? The list popping out at us is endless. The cloud of uncertainty hangs around like a polyunsaturated miasma.
So what to do? For what it’s worth here is is my simple guide:
Eat only till your are 80% full – Hara hachi bun me. A Confucian teaching, but a Japanese axiom. If you make this a part of your eating ritual it will leave you ever so slightly hungry when you finish, but 20 mins later satisfied with no bloated feeling.
Eat mostly plants and if you eat meat, use it more as a condiment rather than the main part of the meal.
Eat as few things as possible that have a list of ingredients – basically avoid packaged food or food that comes from packaged food which comes from packaged food….etc etc.
Eat mindfully, take your time and enjoy your food. For each meal or snack, focus on the eating: not on work, the cat’s dentist appointment, the football or whether your mother-in-law is going to visit on the weekend.
(And if you hear someone say “I’m a vegetarian but I eat seafood” then flee)
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