Author and food activist Nina Planck was raised on a family farm in Virginia, where she learned to appreciate "real," traditional foods. She worked as a reporter for TIME Magazine and wrote speeches for the U.S. ambassador to London before opening the first farmers’ markets in London. Today her company, London Farmers’ Markets, runs fourteen markets. She is the author of two books: "Real Food: What to Eat and Why," and "Real Food for Mother and Baby: The Fertility Diet, Eating for Two, and Baby's First Foods."
Planck is a Big Think Delphi Fellow.
Question: What are a few things people can do to eat healthier?
you want to change your diet the quickest way is to think about a couple
things you can eliminate and a couple of things you can add. I gather from the latest studies on
weight loss diets that most people try to do too much and I expect that
case with real food too. So do you
know how they refer to marijuana as a gateway drug to harder drugs like
heroin? Well I find that real milk is a gateway
food to other real foods, so one thing you might do is just raise the
of your dairy consumption a little bit. So if milk is a staple in your
household buy whole milk, not skim milk.
Buy organic milk and not industrial milk. Buy
local, regional, grass-fed, un-homogenized milk. And if
you can, buy raw milk. Buy better
quality dairy products. Eliminate
any fake foods. That is an easy
one to remove. If there is fake
butter in your fridge, throw it away.
Clear out your pantry of anything that is ersatz, imitation or
anything that has been injected, engineered, reengineered.
You might consider eliminating
industrial corn from your diet altogether – so that would be corn syrup,
oil and all its friends actually, the yellow grain and seed oil,
sunflower oil, soybean oil. They
are not good for you for a host of reasons we haven’t had time to
today. You could eliminate corn-fed beef, which
would be industrial beef and eat only better beef and you could
eliminate corn syrup from your diet.
These would be quick ways to start. And I
would also just add if you have children in your house
it’s a great time to get motivated to do these things.