Food Rules

“What kind of food should I eat?”

Nutrition expert Michael Pollan provides a simple answer to that question that is worth memorizing1:

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

Let’s unpack each part of this advice:

  1. Eat food — Be a nutrition hunter: Look for real food and avoid processed stuff.
  2. Not too much — Stop eating when you’re about 80 percent full, and you’ll avoid over-eating.
  3. Mostly plants — Eat a lot of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, and seeds.

If you follow these simple guidelines, you’ll help your body stay energized, strong, and healthy.


  1. In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan

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