Healthy eating is complicated, right? Mainstream media and advertisers would certainly like you to think so. But science, fortunately, tells us otherwise.
In fact, there is a consensus among scientists that the key to healthy eating is incredibly simple: avoid processed foods. If your diet is a mix of mostly unprocessed foods, you will stay lean and healthy. The rest of the details simply don’t matter.
But while healthy eating may be simple, it certainly isn’t easy. Our modern environment is designed to push us toward processed foods at every turn. The first step to becoming a healthy eater is to accept that, in the face of such overwhelming temptation, your willpower doesn’t stand a chance. And why should it? We evolved in a world in which food was bland and in short supply, not a world with processed foods on every corner.
Healthy eating is not about forcing yourself to make difficult choices. In fact, it’s about the exact opposite: finding ways to take control of your environment so that you can make healthy choices easily without the need for willpower.
My book, ‘A Conversation About Healthy Eating’, establishes the scientific basis for healthy eating in great detail. This web site is designed to complement the book with further scientific analysis and more practical discussion about what it means to be a healthy eater in the modern world.
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