“Don't eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food.”
– Michael Pollan
This week's theme: plant-based nutrition
Is an egg healthy or not? What is an impossible burger made out of? There are few topics more debatable than nutrition. From the potency of your personal beliefs to the raw nutritious power of an organic blueberry, everyone’s nutritious journey is unique. But there is one thing that nearly all fad diets and nutrition plans agree upon: plant foods are good for you.
Generally, plants tend to be low in calories and high in nutrients. Plant foods like dark leafy greens, berries, nuts, seeds and legumes contain just about everything the human body needs, with the added bonus of being our only source of fiber. Fiber makes the gut world go round!
💡 You may already know that heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States. Interestingly, there is only one way of eating that has been proven to both prevent and reverse heart disease in most patients. You guessed it: a whole foods, plant-based diet.
Believe it or not, what you believe about your food matters too. In a fascinating research project nicknamed “the milkshake study”, Clinical Psychologist Alia Crum, Ph.D. showed that an individual’s beliefs about food have the power to change its physiologic effects on the body. Now, hold your horses. This finding doesn’t negate the very strong evidence for plant-based eating. What it shows is that you need both healthy foods and an enthusiastic mindset to get the most out of what you eat.
When I work with my patients on nutrition, I realize that I’m entering a sensitive area full of tradition and ritual. And, food can be just as triggering as it is tasty. Wherever you are in your nutritious journey, I simply hope to provide you with some interesting food facts to “chew on”. While you're chewing, try out that funky vegetable you've been eyeing at the grocery store.
Here's to eating mindfully,
Dr. Matt, MD MPH
Are you up to the challenge? Try cooking a plant-based meal this week from scratch! Here are a few ideas to get you started.Share on facebook Share Share on twitter Tweet Share on reddit Reddit Share on email Forward
What are we listening to? Glad you asked! This week’s MO recommendation is:
"Dr. Alia Crum: Science of Mindsets for Health & Performance"
Huberman Lab Podcast
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