7 words for healthy eating
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Having a healthy diet needn’t be a struggle, and it needn’t be complicated.
Keep it simple, says Dr. William Witmer, an Aurora BayCare interventional cardiologist who loves food.
“I saw a documentary on PBS recently and it made so much sense that I wanted to share it with my patients and with the community,” Witmer said.
“In Defense of Food” was produced in the wake of author and food writer Michael Pollan’s best-selling book, “In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto.”
“Everything I’ve learned about healthy eating can be summed up in just seven words. Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants,” Pollan says in the PBS documentary.
“Isn’t that remarkable? It’s such a common-sense approach to healthy eating,” says Witmer, who sees patients in Green Bay and Sturgeon Bay.
How, though, does Pollan define food?
“When I say eat food, I’m basically saying eat the kinds of things that people have been eating for a long time. Meat, fish, vegetables, fruits, grains,” Pollan says in the documentary.
“Eat food, which is to say eat real food. And that other stuff, we shouldn’t even dignify with that beautiful word, food. And so I call it something else. I call it edible, food-like substances. And that’s all that processed stuff in the middle of the supermarket.”