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Old 04-22-2008, 05:47 PM   #1
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Thumbs up Mom's Advice: Words to Eat By

I had a post about this on my workout log but wanted to solicit more "rules of thumb". What pieces of eating wisdom do you try to live by?

Diet is the other half of the fitness equation. But America's eating culture is in the dumps, and increasingly the rest of the world's is too as the 'Western Diet' seeps into even the farthest corners of the world. How do we get back to the collective cultural/lifestyle wisdom of "mom" that keeps us healthy?

The fact that we're creating list of guidelines to live by is sad. We're recreating our cultural wisdom having lost it after so many years of eating wrong. These things should be natural. Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food details at length eating wisdom we have lost. Here are some others I try to live by:

First, Pollan's thesis from In Defense:
--Eat food.
--Not too much.
--Mostly plants.

Also, from the No S Diet
--No Snacks
--No Sweets
--No Seconds
--Except Somtimes on days that begin with S

And some of my own guidelines:
--eat breakfast every day
--no food after 10pm
--only a few cups of caffeinated beverages a day (none after 9pm)
--drink a bit of alcohol every day, but avoid binging
--eat fish in 5+ meals a week
--avoid fried foods
--no carbonated beverages (regardless of 0 Kcal or not!)
--try a variety of foods and dishes (buy new veggies and fish and figure out what to do with them! Google is your new cookbook)
--cook/prepare every meal (a good guideline is 30min+ cooking/15+ cleanup)
--sit down for every meal, preferably with other people
--'present' all food (you feast first with your eyes. Use plates, garnishes, arrangement, etc)
--cook in advance (cooking in bulk a couple times a week and rationing it out allows for better portion control since we don't feel we have to finish that whole dish we cooked that night)

On water specifically:
--water is the only liquid that quenches thirst
--always have a water bottle with you
--drink 1 gallon+ per day
--drink a glass of water before drinking any other liquid juice/coffee/tea/etc (including before every alcoholic drink. This is the key to avoiding hangovers. Hangovers simplified are just dehydration.)

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Old 04-22-2008, 05:57 PM   #2
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Re: Mom's Advice: Words to Eat By

These are some great rules to follow. But what about one oft-quoted (by my own mother, no less) that probably everyone on this board can disagree with?
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Everything in moderation
IMHO this conventional eating guideline needs to go the way of the dodo. Not only should some things never be eaten in any quantity, but typically there is no reasonable way to define what "moderate" is so people tend to err on the wrong side. I hate this phrase
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Old 04-22-2008, 06:18 PM   #3
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Re: Mom's Advice: Words to Eat By

The phrase that makes the most sense to me is, "if it doesn't go bad, then it isn't food - don't eat it." There are some obvious exceptions (ie. nuts) but by and large I think it's a good guideline. Another favorite is, "if you can't pronounce all the ingredients, then you probably don't want to eat it."
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Old 04-22-2008, 06:24 PM   #4
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Re: Mom's Advice: Words to Eat By

1. Shop the outside aisles of the Grocery Store for most of your food.
2. Buy local whenever possible.
3. Don't **** off the cook.
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Old 04-22-2008, 06:37 PM   #5
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Re: Mom's Advice: Words to Eat By

It's an oversimplification, but it works well 90% of the time: Don't eat white food.
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Old 04-22-2008, 06:50 PM   #6
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It's an oversimplification, but it works well 90% of the time: Don't eat white food.
Poor eggs, turkey, fish...
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Old 04-22-2008, 07:12 PM   #7
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Well, I *said* it was an oversimplification . . .
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Old 04-22-2008, 08:34 PM   #8
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Re: Mom's Advice: Words to Eat By

Here's an example of the other 10%:

I actually once planned (but sadly never held) a theme party in college I was going to call The Great White Hype. It was to be a totally white meal:
--grilled chicken breast
--mashed potatoes with white gravy
--steamed cauliflower
--milk
--vanilla ice cream
Pretty tasty spread actually! It was to be eaten off on all white dinner set (easy with plastic) on a white tablecloth. Everyone had to wear all white. And we were going to watch The Great White Hype after supper.

Hmmm, no reason no to do it again!

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Old 01-10-2009, 11:22 AM   #9
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Re: Mom's Advice: Words to Eat By

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Here's an example of the other 10%:

I actually once planned (but sadly never held) a theme party in college I was going to call The Great White Hype. It was to be a totally white meal:
--grilled chicken breast
--mashed potatoes with white gravy
--steamed cauliflower
--milk
--vanilla ice cream
Pretty tasty spread actually! It was to be eaten off on all white dinner set (easy with plastic) on a white tablecloth. Everyone had to wear all white. And we were going to watch The Great White Hype after supper.

Hmmm, no reason no to do it again!
How could you not include wonder bread with that spread?

If you can't grow it, catch it, or make it yourself. Don't eat it!
That pretty much sums up my Grandparent's & Great Grandparent's philosophies and they all lived and are living well into there 90's!

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Old 01-10-2009, 11:58 AM   #10
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The phrase that makes the most sense to me is, "if it doesn't go bad, then it isn't food - don't eat it." There are some obvious exceptions (ie. nuts) but by and large I think it's a good guideline. Another favorite is, "if you can't pronounce all the ingredients, then you probably don't want to eat it."
Honey doesn't go bad.
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