Nina Planck
Author, "Real Food"
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How Raw Milk Is Like Marijuana

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Raising the standards of your dairy consumption can be a "gateway" step toward a healthier, more natural diet.

Nina Planck

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. 

Transcript

Question: What are a few things people can do to eat healthier?

Nina Planck:  If you want to change your diet the quickest way is to think about a couple of 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 is the 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 standards 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 fake, anything that has been injected, engineered, reengineered.  You might consider eliminating industrial corn from your diet altogether – so that would be corn syrup, corn oil and all its friends actually, the yellow grain and seed oil, safflower oil, sunflower oil, soybean oil.  They are not good for you for a host of reasons we haven’t had time to discuss 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. 

Above all, be an omnivore.  Eat things in moderation and eat the best quality food you can find and afford. And eat the foods that suit your body, your cuisine, your culture and your history. And don’t worry if the guy next to you loves lamb and you don’t.  If beef is your thing, make it your thing and don’t look over your shoulder.  Don’t ask your mother what to eat.  Don’t ask the USDA.  Don’t ask the guy next to you.  Learn how to eat for yourself and you’ll be liberated.

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