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u/istillhatecraig · 17 pointsr/Fitness

Food Rules by Michael Pollan. It is incredibly simple and he makes very good points throughout. It is almost written too simply and is a bit redundant, but it's a great book.

If you want something a little more in-depth, In Defense of Food is basically an expanded version of Food Rules, also by Michael Pollan.

u/[deleted] · 13 pointsr/loseit

One way to start is by counting your calories. You can do this with online apps such as LoseIt, which will let you record what you eat and give you goals for what your daily caloric intake should be in order to lose a given amount of weight per week.

On top of counting calories, you have to make sure you get the right kind of calories. That means healthy, natural foods. A good trick is to check the ingredients list on the packaging of foods, and if there are any ingredients that a third-grader could not pronounce, or if sugar in any form is one of the top three ingredients, DO NOT BUY IT. In fact, it's even better to buy as little pre-packaged food as possible, sticking instead to mainly vegetables, fruit, and fresh lean meats. I'd highly recommend reading Michael Pollan's book, Food Rules, which for a rather short book holds some very easy, very sensible rules for diet and nutrition.

Of course, no matter what, consult your doctor for his advice on how to start your weight loss journey. You can do this! And you will feel so much better for it. Good luck and congratulations for taking the first step already.

u/simonsarris · 11 pointsr/AskReddit

Did this food item exist 200 years ago?


Eat it.


Do not eat it.

Want a really really short list of things to avoid?

  • High Fructose Corn Syrup (whether HFCS itself is bad for you doesn't even come in to play: Anything that has this has way too much sugar or is otherwise processed to hell and back)

  • Aspartame and friends (same deal)

  • MSG (same deal)

  • Hydrogenated oils (same deal!)

    See a pattern?

    A little more in depth, look for Michael Pollan's Food Rules, which is a pretty quick read that goes over some basic facts about food and nutrition.

    Also: A diet used to be what you eat ALL OF THE TIME FOREVER. Not something you do for 2 weeks because you feel guilty about buying a slurpee.

    I could probably ramble and whine about this topic forever :(
u/rodly · 8 pointsr/running

You're a vegetarian... eat more veggies and less processed stuff that is nutritionally sparse is my two cents. Good luck!

This book is stupid simple and the author is respectable.

u/energy_engineer · 6 pointsr/minimalism

Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.

There's nothing minimalist about fucking your health over. You can probably read the book linked to in under a day - it doesn't tell you what to eat but instead provides guidance on how to choose what you eat.

The asterisk is: If you have a chronic disease, you should really see a registered dietician to work out a diet that fits your specific needs.

u/nikiverse · 3 pointsr/xxfitness

If it doesn't have a decent amount of fiber in the carbs, I don't eat it.

I prefer the carbs to be naturally occurring, so enriched "fiber added" bread doesnt count!

So beans, fruits, veggies, whole grain breads typically fit the bill. Whereas cookies, soda, fries, fast food, etc.

Also, I really liked Michael Pollan's Food Rules. It's such a quick read and has tips like, "If it comes through your window, you shouldnt eat it!" "If you're not hungry enough to eat an apple, you're not hungry."

Great book if you just have a tendency to grab silly things at the store.

u/UsernameUnknown · 2 pointsr/TwoXChromosomes

For eating I suggest Food Rules it's a really quick read but a good reminder on nutrition and how to make better choices.

u/UnsatisfactoryBiome · 2 pointsr/vegan

That's just it - I didn't change anything about my diet or meals. Instead, I just kept (and still keep) myself well hydrated. This doesn't mean I obsess about hydration; it's just a basic goal that I think of and consider each time I pee. It takes about half a second; urine is dark then drink some water. After a while, it just became a habit and seems absolutely effortless. And, I notice that I feel better in general when I drink enough to keep my pee close to clear.


If you're struggling to find meal plans for vegan diets in general, there are endless resources on the internet. For simple, healthy recipes, I recommend One Ingredient Chef.


My personal general suggestions from 15 years of veganism...

  • Plenty of fat! Many people struggle with a vegan diet because they don't get enough fat to feel satiated and to maintain energy levels. Olive oil is great (extra-virgin olive oil shouldn't be heated; use "regular" olive oil for cooking or canola oil). Avocado is a also a delicious and healthy source of fat.
  • Spices. Explore spices; they keep food exciting.
  • Snack on nuts and fruits. Peanuts are a great combo of fat, protein, and carbs to give you a sense of satiety and prolonged energy.
  • Experiment! Not everything is going to be nor needs to be a 5-star meal. Try things out and be willing to fail. You learn as much (if not more) from failing as you do from succeeding.
  • Nothing wrong with having Oreos once in a while!!


    You could also look for local vegan groups for meal-planning support. Try Facebook. Or, PM me and I'll be happy to help you find someone/a group near you.


    I think one of the biggest problems people have is that they feel overwhelmed by the amount of nutritional advice out there. For good reason: a lot of it is contradictory, the advice constantly changes with the release of new studies, a lot of it is junk science, and it seems impossible to satisfy all the requirements we're given. I subscribe to a much simpler mindset: just eat healthy foods and you'll get the nutrition you need.


    Michael Pollan has written a number of books about diet and nutrition. His background is investigative journalism so he's well-suited for analyzing the confusing information out there. And, he's a great author! Michael Pollan has summed up his research in three simple rules:

  1. Eat food. By this, Pollan means "real" food. Whole foods. Natural foods.
  2. Mostly plants. You're vegan so you're acing this one!
  3. Not too much. Kind of self-explanatory; don't eat until you're stuffed.


    I'll add a fourth rule: eat lots of colors. Different colors typically indicate different nutrients. Eat a lot of colors throughout the day. But, forget brown and tan colors (e.g., potatoes, pasta); they're not unhealthy, they just tend not to provide too much in the way of nutrients so don't go patting yourself on the back because you ate four differently colored potatoes today.


    For a quick read, grab a copy of Pollan's Food Rules. Most of the pages are half-blank so it's a quick read. When you're done with that, pick up any of his other books; they're all great.


    And, every meal doesn't have to be perfectly balanced. Don't succumb to that kind of pressure. Just eat real food in a lot of colors throughout the day and you should be doing great!
u/chasonreddit · 2 pointsr/LifeProTips

Although I agree with your intent, I don't think an education in nutrition is the right approach. To me the only answer is to actively avoid all processed foods. You can't cut them out (in the US today) but you can do your damndest. As you say, eating out is an exercise in cleverly disguised (my additions) salt, fat, and sugar. Even in the most locavore, organic, vegetarian restaurant you don't know exactly what's in your dinner.

I'm not touting anyone as an expert, but Michael Pollan in Food Rules does a really nice job of creating a simple set of rules that you don't have to memorize or think about. You can eat heathy(er) without analyzing Omega-3 content, sugar content, or looking for phyto-nutrient rich super-foods.

u/lfod · 2 pointsr/bicycling

I try to stick to these rules. Works for me. And tons of oatmeal.

u/bkukor · 2 pointsr/Fitness

I'd highly recommend checking out this book by Michael Pollan. Each Chapters about a page long and covers one simple rules about eating healthier that anyone can follow.

u/bernadine77 · 2 pointsr/loseit

I'm in the same boat as far as feeling discouraged. I've been at a plateau for like 6 weeks and nothing has really had any effect whatsoever. It's very frustrating!

Can I recommend a few books? Maybe In Defense of Food or Food Rules. The author breaks down how our bodies deal with food and makes suggestions, citing good information.

u/RedAnarchist · 2 pointsr/Fitness

Just keep it simple and easy to remember and follow. Make it so simple that a 4th grader could convey the idea correctly to his mama or papa. Also, there's a an interesting book with some very easily digestible tidbits on food called Food Rules. It takes about 45 min to read. I recommend you do that and incorporate the relevant information.

u/mylescloutier · 1 pointr/environment

Everyone just read Food Rules by Michael Pollan. You will be healthier and the planet will be better off if you take his suggestions and spread them.

u/phillyjim · 1 pointr/loseit
u/Sikkas · 1 pointr/foodhacks

This reminds me of few things in Food Rules. This edible food like product would deserve to be eaten consciously instead of in front of a computer.

u/sumpuran · 1 pointr/vegetarian

Michael Pollan, Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual.

>“Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”

The 64 guidelines in that book boil down to:

  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.

  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.

  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. Islamic culture has a similar rule, and 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?" Pollan asks.

  7. Don't buy food where you buy your gasoline. In the U.S., 20% of food is eaten in the car.
u/rAtheismSelfPostOnly · 1 pointr/INTPBookmarks

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u/msingerman · 1 pointr/AskReddit

I lost 35 pounds by cooking for myself, eating fresh foods, eating mostly vegetables, some fish and nuts, almost no oil and cheese, and no meat. While I did this independently of Michael Pollan's book, that very nicely summarizes what you should eat and why it is important to eat real food.

u/pbreagin · 1 pointr/Fitness

For a really quick guide on how to make good food choices get Michael Pollan's book 'Food Rules' (it's like $6 on Amazon). It will show you how to pick out real food which will be in the long run much more beneficial than trying to cut out very specific portions of your diet or maintain some sort of fad diet.

Eating real food (sounds simpler than it actually is in practice these days) and maintaining a regular fitness schedule is absolutely your best option for sustainable fitness/weight loss.

u/almostelm · 1 pointr/loseit

Here's all my favorites! For books:

Fast Food Nation.

In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto.

Food Rules: An Eater's Manifesto.

Salt Sugar Fat.

"Pandora's Lunchbox: How Processed Food Took Over the American Meal".

For movies/documentaries:

Fed Up,

Fast Food Nation,

That Sugar Film,

Food Fight,

Forks Over Knives,

The Future of Food,


I believe all of these are on Netflix!

u/scomberscombrus · 1 pointr/awakened

> Back to my original question, what is wrong with desires?

It halts action. That can be a problem since your OP stated "I desire to stop watching porn."

Your desire to stop is getting in the way of you stopping. Act, don't intellectualize.

>So if you know the cure to weightloss, why don't you write a book and make a billion dollars.

Because plus sized women are my fetish.

And, it has already been done. Twice. Thrice? A thousand years ago?

>It would still take him effort to lose the weight.

'Time' does not equal 'effort'. The radical detachment from mental cravings is instantaneous.

It's a shifting of perspective, from 'food as an intoxicant' to 'food as nourishment'.

The new perspective is the breaking of the buried seed; the weight loss is the growth of the tree.

First recognize who you are, what you are, what food is. After recognizing, let weight loss happen.

If you don't trust that weight loss will happen by itself, then you have recognized nothing at all.

u/kokooo · 0 pointsr/Health

If you have an hour to spare I recommend this talk by Michael Pollan on his new book: Food Rules. It is both informative and funny. Out of all the books I read on nutrition and health I got the most out of In Defense of Food.