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Why I Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants

Don't go down this aisle

Processed food filled grocery aisle

I was invited to present some of my most creative recipes last week with a twist, at a fun party hosted by one of my good friends.  The twist was, I had to create the recipes infused with essential oils (more on that in a bit).  As I was standing there, giving samples and talking about the recipes and how I came up with them, the conversation quickly turned to me and what I personally eat.  ”What’s your diet?”  ”Are you a Vegan?”  ”Do you eat only raw foods?”  ”What do you think about dairy?”.  I LOVE these questions because to me, it opens the door to having a conversation about food, health and nutrition (my FAVORITE topics).  About my personal diet question, my answer was pretty consistent:  I eat food, not too much, mostly plants.   Hmmm.. Does that line sound familiar?  Well, if you’ve ever heard of Michael Pollan, he turned those simple seven words ( I added the “I” )  into a national mantra for healthy eating.  (He also wrote The Omnivore’s DilemmaIn Defense of Food and Cooked.) So what does this mean for you?  Am I going to now present you with a new diet plan to follow?  Or tell you about the new fad diet? You can rest assured, that is not my goal.  As a person who grew up on the Mediterranean diet (I am not advocating this either), I have always wanted to bring back the topic of healthy eating to the simplest form.  The lowest common denominator, if you will.  When trying to simplify and explain what it means to eat healthy and have a health filled, disease free life, I always think about my parents and how they grew up eating.  My mom is from the mountains of Lebanon, where they ate from the garden, bought their meat from the local ranchers, and milled their own wheat to make pita bread.  I know this is not a reality for most of us living in today’s modern world (including my mom), but what IS a reality is we now have an unprecedented opportunity to eat like this, with so many options offered to us.   Below, I will explain in a bit more detail what these seven simple words (eat food, not too much, mostly plants) really mean, and how you can simply apply it to your life.  I also included a very yummy recipe that’s infused with the essential oils I was referring to above. Here it is, described in 7 simple points to remember.  Print this out. Tape it to your fridge, tack it on your shopping list, hand it out to your friends (Kidding.  No not really. They will thank you.)  The point is, keep it front and center until it is second nature to you.  This is my cliffs notes to the nutrition plan I give my clients)

Eat Food means eat real food.  Fruits, Vegetables, Nuts, Seeds, Whole Grains, Fish and some Meat.  Avoid eating food-like things that masquerade as food but really are not edible items.  (See a picture of these food like items below).Here’s how:

1.  Don’t eat anything your great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food. “When you pick up that box of portable yogurt tubes, or eat something with 15 ingredients you can’t pronounce, ask yourself, “What are those things doing there?” Pollan says.
2.  Don’t eat anything with more than five ingredients, or ingredients you can’t pronounce.  These ingredients are made by men in white coats, not by mother nature.
3.  Stay out of the middle of the supermarket; shop on the perimeter of the store. Real food tends to be on the outer edge of the store near the loading docks, where it can be replaced with fresh foods when it goes bad.
4.  Don’t eat anything that won’t eventually rot. “There are exceptions — honey — but as a rule, things like Twinkies that never go bad aren’t food,” Pollan says.
Not Too Much.  Don’t eat until you’re stuffed.  I know sometimes the food is so delicious you cannot stop (I have been guilty of that).  But remember, we are not living in a famine, and no one is standing at your table ready to hand you a prize for cleaning off your plate.  When it comes to food, there is more from where that came from.
5.  It is not just what you eat but how you eat. “Always leave the table a little hungry,” Pollan says. “Many cultures have rules that you stop eating before you are full. In Japan, they say eat until you are four-fifths full.  In German culture they say, ‘Tie off the sack before it’s full.’”
6. Families traditionally ate together, around a table and not a TV, at regular meal times. It’s a good tradition. Enjoy meals with the people you love. “Remember when eating between meals felt wrong?”  Eating together forces you to slow down and enjoy the food in front of you.
Mostly Plants.  With all the different dietary theories and thousands of experts out there, touting different ways to eat, you can find peace in the undercurrent of what they are all saying.  ”Eat more vegetables.”  Everyone can agree on that.  Eating more vegetables, and plants in general, will reduce your chances of getting cancer, heart disease, alzheimers, arthritis, becoming overweight or obese or having a stroke.  Oh and a good way to start is to always have fresh veggies or fruits with you so you: 
7.  Don’t buy food where you buy your gasoline.  Or eat any food in a bag that was handed to you through a little window, by a person wearing a headset.
Kale and Goji Berry Vinaigrette Salad with Oregano Oil
Yields 4
111 calories
5 g
0 g
10 g
0 g
1 g
61 g
149 g
3 g
0 g
8 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 111
Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 10g
Saturated Fat 1g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 0mg
Sodium 149mg
Total Carbohydrates 5g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 3g
Protein 0g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. ½ cup Goji berries
  2. ¼ cup rice vinegar or white wine vinegar
  3. 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  4. 1 tsp honey
  5. ¼ tsp salt
  6. dash pepper
  7. ¼ cup water
  8. 2 drops Young Living Oregano Essential Oil
  9. 1 bunch Lacinto (dinosaur) kale
  1. Add all the dressing ingredients to a blender and blend for about 30 seconds, or just until the Goji berries have become liquefied and homogenized with the rest of the ingredients. Taste for flavor.
  2. Prepare the kale by de-stemming the leaves. Firmly hold the bottom of the stem with your thumb and forefinger. With your other hand, pull the leafy part away from the stem. Repeat with the remaining leaves. Layer together about four leaves at a time, and slice thinly. Place all the sliced kale in a bowl and pour enough of the dressing over the kale to cover. Using your hands, massage the dressing into the kale until all the kale is well covered. Allow to stand for at least 15 minutes before serving. Now the kale is nice and soft and yummy! Serve by stirring in the dressing. Garnish with goji berries and sliced almonds.
Tania Mercer http://taniamercer.com/
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