An expert points out that the saying, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants,” is still good advice. On a positive note, he does not say what not to eat, but what are good foods you can eat in moderation.
- Eat as much unprocessed foods as you can. These include fruits and vegetables, but also meat, fish, poultry and eggs that have not been processed. Brown rice over white rice. Whole grains over refined grains.
- Eat lightly processed foods, such as pasta, less often.
- Eat home-cooked meals. It is hard, it takes time, but you are likely to eat less.
- Use salt and fats, including butter and oil, as needed in food preparation. Things like salt and fat are not the enemy. They are often needed in the preparation of tasty, satisfying food.
- Eat at restaurants that advertise fresh, unprocessed food.
- Drink mostly water, but some alcohol; coffee and other beverages are fine.
- Treat all beverages with calories in them as you would alcohol. This includes every drink with calories, including milk.
This interactive guide is very helpful.
Rules for eating good food are not always easy to follow. The expert says do not eat food that is not good for you very often.
Be aware of what you eat. Be aware of how much you are eating. It is very easy these days to eat more than you think you are. Eating too much often happens when eating out.
Pay attention to and listen to your body.
Source: The New York Times April 20, 2015