An Eater’s Manifesto

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Avoid eating anything your great-grandparents wouldn’t recognise – especially these 8 foods.

Don’t eat anything that doesn’t rot or has a shelf life longer than you.

Steer clear of eating anything you can’t pronounce, are unfamiliar with or are unsure of how it’s made.

Keep away from anything with more than five ingredients.

Stay away from anything with a health claim – especially these 6 fake health foods.

Shun anything not in its natural (or close to) it’s natural form – instead fill your plate with these top 10 real foods.

Avoid foods that have a package and ingredients list.

Shop in the outer isles of the supermarket and avoid the centre (where the packaged food is) – fill your trolley with my quick fix shopping list.

Don’t eat microwaveable food, fast food or take-away – remember, you know exactly what’s in your food when you make it yourself.

Know where your food comes from and how it’s grown, raised and made – shop at your local farmer’s market and get to know the producers.

Eat mostly plants – especially green ones.

If you eat animal products ensure they are pasture-fed.

Eat a wide variety of foods (not just the same foods each day) to ensure a variety of micronutrients – you can read more about eating the rainbow here.

Eat organic if you can – or at least eat foods grown in nutrient rich, sustainably farmed soil. Here are some tips on cleaning non-organic produce and sourcing low pesticide produce.

Eat locally produced food – it’s more nutritious because it’s fresh and less transport is required.

Eat until you’re 80% full by taking the time to listen to your satiety signals – practice mindful eating, rather than emotional eating.

Eat when you’re hungry and aim for 5 small meals each day – you can find an example here.

Ensure you are obtaining all of your macronutrients – you can find more info on this here.

Please know that counting calories is fallacy –  you can read more about this here.

Learn to cook – healthy eating is simple and delicious, it just requires some initial planning. Here are 25 simple food swaps to get you started.

Eat in a relaxed and stress-free environment – blood is diverted away from the digestive system when you’re stressed.

Give thanks for your food – food is delicious fuel.

Remember to indulge – restrictions result in cravings which turns into a binge and brings on feelings of guilt and shame. Guilt is far more damaging to your body than a treat. One treat does not result in weight gain.

Do you have any other tips to add to this list?

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