Balance appears to be a common concern, especially amongst our patients. Am I taking enough vitamins? Am I exercising too much? Did I go to the right amount of acupuncture appointments? These, and so many more questions arise throughout a cycle. While everyone is different and we cannot formulate one concrete plan, I have found a good initial approach to food. Michael Pollan, one of my favorite authors, has recently released a new book – Food Rules. This is a very short and easy book consisting of 64 rules to try to live by, with the main theory being ‘Eat food, not too much, mostly plants’. This book offers some nice, easy to remember and often funny rules for everything we put in our mouths. A few of my favorites are as follows:
#2 Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.
#19 If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t.
#36 Don’t eat breakfast cereals that change the color of your milk.
#37 The whiter the bread, the sooner you’ll be dead.
#58 Do all your eating at a table.
#64 Break the rules once in a while.
Of course, #64 is necessary because we can become excessive with everything! Also, don’t try to suddenly follow every single rule. Just pick a few that seem do-able and try them out. The following week, try to add in one or two more. The purpose of this book is to feel better, get healthy, and really, truly enjoy food.
Michael Pollan also has some other great books if you are interested in today’s food world, and how things make their way from the field or factory to our tables. Check out his website for more information: http://www.michaelpollan.com/
I also encourage you to visit with our nutritionists at CNY Healing Arts for some great support and meal ideas! Check our CNY Healing Arts Calendar for our April events, especially our Nutrition for Fertility Workshop in Syracuse: http://www.cnyhealingarts.com/discussion/calendar.php (will be updated today!)