“In Defense of Food” by Michael Pollan and My Nutritionist.

A great way to start a new year and each day is by giving our body the energy to have an amazing day. 
Michael Pollan’s book “In Defense of Food” is a great foundation for how to approach choosing, buying, growing, and cooking food. While the book gives away its main lesson in the first sentence of “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants”, the journey Michael takes you on from that point on is enlightening.

What was interesting was how the book worked in conjunction with my nutritionist’s advice. I’ve struggled with a bit of intestinal annoyance for two decades – until very recently when I began working with a nutritionist. My nutritionist was unaware I was reading this book and so his suggestions were completely independent of the book. Would the book and my nutritionist conflict against each other?

Just 3 days of following my nutritionist’s advice resulted in completely eliminating my intestinal issue. The solution? Eat LOTS more healthy fats such as olive oil, macadamias, avocado, wild fish, and grass-fed meat (if I wasn’t lactose intolerant, butter would be included in this list). Ironically all of those foods follow the main guidelines this book teaches. “Mostly plants” is precisely what I was eating – more than ever.

Here were some of my highlights from the book:

  • Eat food your Great Great Grandma would recognize 
  • “Don’t eat anything incapable of rotting.” 
  • “You are what what you eat eats.”
  • Garden and be part of the process
  • Cook and be part of the process
  • “If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t.” 

For those of you like me who have seen the documentaries discussing the dangers of eating meat, my nutritionist addressed that concern. Meat only becomes unhealthy when eaten excessively and without veggies. When meat sits in your system and rots, that’s when the meat goes from good for you to potentially harmful. However when you combine it with veggies, the veggies clear/cleanse your intestines – not letting anything sit there. Thus, you get the best qualities of everything. 

Please know that I am NOT a doctor or health professional. I am a person who read a book on eating that combined with the guidance of a nutritionist helped me.