Great article today in the NYT by Mark Bittman about how simple it is to actually eat a better diet. He says:
Many people have the gnawing feeling that “nothing” is fit, safe, wise or ethical to eat, and the $61 billion diet industry encourages us to dwell on this uncertainty. We buy too much of the wrong stuff because it is affordable, satisfying, plentiful and aggressively marketed. Then we seek the cure for what that toxic regimen causes. It’s a dizzying merry-go-round
We couldn’t agree more. In fact, it is one reason we started Modmarket. He also writes:
I asked Marion Nestle, who is among the wisest and sanest people I know when it comes to nutrition, how she might sum up dietary advice, and after noting that not much has changed since the ‘50s, she said: “The basic principles — then and now — are variety (eat many different kinds of foods to get all needed nutrients), balance (don’t eat too much of any one food category, especially meat, dairy and junk foods) and moderation (balance calories). To these, we can add: Eat more fruits and vegetables.
That pretty much sums up the menu at Modmarket – a variety of simple, whole foods with reasonable portion sizes and lots of fruits and vegetables. We post nutritional data for every single item but we don’t obsess on what the numbers end up being. We have amazing options for vegans, vegetarians, paleos and gluten free folks, however, it is the not then entire menu and most can be achieved through simple substitutions. Our food looks good, tastes good and makes you feel good. All of this achieved using basic cooking techniques, simple recipes and whole ingredients. People always ask what kind of food we serve and we never know what to say. Sure, the food is ‘healthy’ if you mean that you can eat it everyday and it will not harm you. But it is not ‘health food’. To us, it’s just food. Nourishment that makes your body happy right when you consume it, an hour later and a year later. Hopefully more people adopt Bittman’s view that:
And yet it’s the simple advice — the eat less meat and junk, eat more plants — that’s going to make the biggest difference, because not only will more doctors and other advice-givers preach it but more people will also be able to heed it.