What rules do you follow when it comes to healthy eating?

A recent study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association found that not all calories are created equal. The study found that it is better to reduce intake of refined carbohydrates than to go on a low-fat diet. Today’s question: What rules do you follow when it comes to healthy eating?

  • reggie

    As Michael Pollan said: eat food, not too much, mostly plants.

  • Thomas

    80% whole food, 20% soul food.

  • Steve Dahl

    Since adopting a low-carb way of eating in 2010, I have lost over 100 lb. the first year, and maintained a healthy weight ever since. My total cholesterol and triglycerides have decreased drastically and my HDL cholesterol (that is the healthy one) has increased. I am not hungry and I have more energy during the times of day when I typically was tired. I am sold on a low carb way of eating, even though it means substituting greens for wheat products and rarely tasting my wife’s delicious home-made bread.

  • Adam

    Eat like a King at breakfast, a prince at lunch, and a peasant at dinner.

  • Ann

    Do people really care about healthy eating? What percentage of the grocery store space is occupied by pizza, soda pop, chips, crackers, and sugary granola bars? Restaurants put cheese on everything. You are ostracized at work if you don’t eat the above mentioned food when people bring it to work.Liquor is everywhere.MPR has guests that tell us we aren’t supposed to sit. So we have to feel guilty about sitting down to enjoy a book! I wish the media would quit talking about this. I heard a radio report that Minnesota kids are not overweight.But most reports just continue to harp about “obesity.”‘ This obsession is boring.

  • GregX

    generally have been eating less total calories or quantitiy for the day, but in more “events” – no meals. but I can do that – a lot of jobs give mandatory “lunch” times and if its for physical labor – you gotta fuel up. also – working excercise into the daily routine helps. Stupid stuff like walk up the stairs if you can, stand at your desk if able, stretching, walks on breaks if simple-convenient. I bike to work whenever possible and I make it a point to bike a longer route home. Works for me. Also – I’ve found that avoiding big meals – except for special occasiions – is a pretty good idea. Your body has to work pretty hard to digest big meals – and that does stress your organs (kidney, liver, intestines, heart, etc.) . Stressing your body every day with big meals has a long term effect – it wears them out. learn to eat less, expect to weight less – and learn that there are other things to do with your time.

  • Scott

    Eat real food. Eat food with real, identifiable ingredients that didn’t come from a lab. Prepare as much food as possible at home. Include lots of veggies and other whole foods. Eating things that are healthy and delicious makes eating that way more fun and more personally sustainable.

    Cut or ditch meat. Since going vegetarian 9 years ago I’ve felt healthier, been leaner and generally have consumed less garbage.

    Skip pop and other sugary beverages in favor of truly delicious things like coffee and beer. Make your vices count!

    Also, get plenty of vigorous exercise. If the furnace is hot enough it’ll burn anything (within reason). 6-10 hours of aerobic activity a week is a great start. Build that activity into your day. I highly recommend bike commuting. I get 5+ hours a week of exercise for “free” without having to make time or go to the gym. Also, add in activity whenever possible. Don’t sit all the time, walk places, just generally move.

    Finally, think about what you’re eating and why. Are you hungry? Eat. Are you angry, sad or bored? Deal with those underlying emotions.

  • GregX

    Posted by Ann | July 5, 2012 8:21 AM

    Do people really care about healthy eating? What percentage of the grocery store space is occupied by pizza, soda pop, chips, crackers, and sugary granola bars? ——————————————————————————–

    Just cause the “devil” offers cake doesn’t mean you have to eat it – or does it? Government subsidies to Agricualture foster the growth of crops and animals+ products that support our current coprorate food industry. and Processed “materials” that replicate foods (cheese like sauces anyone) but have better shelf life or microwave better is where our development effort in foods is put. That is the low hanging fruit – as they might, but never do, say.

    In regard to restraunts – they are catering to two crowds – the celebrators – who want the treat foods and the regulars – who can affford to eat out many nights. Both of those customers are typically looking for “something better”- primarily defined by taste. So… their entire goal isn’t calroies or healthiness – its delivering foods that trigger the primary positive taste sensors.

  • Shannon

    I have a long standing rule to never eat anything bigger than my head.

    So far, so good.

  • Jim G

    Keeping in mind that rules are meant to be broken.

    1. Eat a breakfast high in protein. 2 cups of coffee.

    2. Eat lunch. Love sandwiches and fruit.

    3. Eat dinner, real cooked food. Fish and chicken are the usual proteins. Eat my veggies: whether I like kale or not.

    4. If I eat a donut, ride my bicycle an extra 10 miles. Pedal like a linebacker is chasing me.

    Some Don’t rules:

    4. Avoid simple carbohydrates like they’re poison, because they are. Good-bye, old fashioned chocolate covered donuts.

    5. Don’t eat after eight o’clock.

    6. Limit alcohol consumption to a prudent level.

    7. Don’t buy donuts.

  • James

    3 simple rules:

    (1) Everything in moderation

    (2) It’s not what I eat occasionally that will kill me; it’s what I eat all the time. (And its corollary: no fast food at lunch.)

    (3) If my clothes feel tight, up the exercise or down the calories until the bulge is gone.

  • Cassie

    Everything in moderation. Keep your body moving.

  • Sara

    No hard and fast rules. I just try to be moderate: try not to eat too fast or too much; really make an effort to enjoy/savor my food; eat/make good, home-cooked food; eat for pleasure and health (in that order); eat dessert; maintain an active lifestyle (no punishing workouts); no exclusions. Turns out that this works and I’m generally fit and healthy and am enjoying food immensely these days. Also, I have developed the habit of making my own food at home (all meals) regularly so there’s no need for a rule regarding buying lunch, etc. I think it’s a good approach…rather than making rules, just try to appreciate good, real food as much as you can and go from there. I don’t tend to eat a lot of meat, simply because there’s so much else out there that I like to eat as well.

  • David Poretti

    The rule of 5 is good for me. If there are more than 5 ingredients listed, or any with more than 5 syllables, I avoid them. I avoid corn-syrup, artificial flavoring agents and preservatives. I purchase in small quantities and actually enjoy cooking my own meals. To count as food, I require the product to have a net positive nutritional value. Salty/sweet/crunchy – time/tummy/finger fillers don’t count as food in my home. Sadly, terms like cage-free, free-range, natural and organic mean little, as the FDA has allowed food giants to write the definitions. I like to know where my food comes from, and the family that raised it. Seasonal foods rock! Summertime berries – yum! Watermelon in January? I don’t think it’s really watermelon then.

  • JasonB

    I follow the established fundamentals: eat only what you need in the right amounts and at the right times, eat whole grains and complex carbohydrates, eat more vegetables and fresh fruit, eat less fats and red meat, etc.

    Listen to the experts and not some trend-du-jour that only serves up a quick fix, or justifies and reinforces a bad habit.

  • suestuben

    I’m 59 and have been sick my whole life. Each decade has been worse than the last with a new diagnosis of a more serious immune system disease. It sucks.

    I became a vegetarian in ’93 and saw immediate health improvements; it was very difficult but I stuck with it. In ’03 the diagnosis was very bad and I’ve fought with numerous life-altering ailments since then. I saw a documentary last fall, “Fat, Sick, and Nearly Dead”, and saw 2 men CURE their immune systems with juice fasts. I decided to try that and began a fast on Jan. 1. I witnessed incredible changes in the first 10 days as my body devoted itself to ‘cleaning’ duties instead of working on digestion. Since then I’ve stuck to a vegan diet and have been able to lower my prednisone dose. I’m currently doing a ‘mini-fast’–12 hours of eating, 12 hours of fasting–and sometimes feel good for 2 or 3 days at a time.

    I feel very empowered that I can effect change in my health by eating well. I’m also very angry at all the AMA trained docs who insist there is no cure for immune system diseases. I believed them and lost so many years accomodating my diseases (especially by taking the many destructive drugs that are prescribed) instead of working for a cure. I was born to be the ‘canary in the coal mine’ but now know that I do not have to suffer as much as I have if I practice proper diet habits.

  • CLee

    I try to eat the way my parents raised us in the 60’s and 70’s. My Dad always said sugar was poison, so I try to avoid sugar. My Mom always bought whole grain breads and we only ate meat a couple times a week. We always had two vegetables with dinner, one green and one some other color. My Mom said a diet should be colorful. No soda pop either. I think they were way ahead of their time and am constantly gratified to see how many of their “rules” are becoming main stream now.