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    • Dr. Hu is my hero. I wish he were a national hero, like the guy who established Canada’s health care system became there.

      His solution is so simple: eat a diet dominated by whole plants. It’s the solution Harrison Ford just told Ellen he adopted when she asked why he looks so good at 77. Dr. Hu points out you can still have some fish, like Ford eats, and maybe a little poultry and eggs. Harrison says it’s better for him and the planet.

      It’s the one thing we can all do to make the biggest impact on climate; the one thing we can do to fix our health and lose weight. If I could dedicate my life to a cause, this would be it.

      Photo: Clean Food Dirty Girl

    • I strive to live a mostly plant-based lifestyle and ingest minimal processed sugars. For three years I was incredibly strict about it, but have become more lax over the past five years. I have attempted to impart some of these habits onto a diabetic friend of mine suffering from thyroid cancer. It is incredible how addicting the standard American diet is. He seemingly has no ability to give up the food that is essentially poisoning him. Frank Hu has information and advice that is the closest thing we will find to a natural fountain of youth. It is incredible how people learn to function in a fog that stems from improper nutrition. Calorically dense, nutritionally-lacking food is a great way to gain weight, increase risk of diabetes and cancer, and even negatively influence your mental state. If someone does not care about how eating processed foods impacts the environment, they should at least be interested in how it has an impact on their body and mind.

    • I think the “Healthy Eating Plate” is an invaluable resource, especially since it was developed by Harvard Medical School. (Image below.)

      I am envious of the doctor’s access to a company cafeteria that serves such healthy options. I’ve thought about changing jobs to something with a shorter commute; and I think access to healthy food options nearby would be a good criteria to include: with my current position, the healthy onsite food options are non-existent and nothing healthy is nearby either. Probably why I gained an extra couple pounds of winter weight in the past week.

    • Not just food, the entire lifestyle whereby one's ability to sit still at a desk for as many hours as possible, focusing on whatever task at hand, without interruptions, is what many of today employers value. Bonus if you can remain over schedule and do some more sitting and drain your brain until it becomes a lemon. Shoving fast food in one's mouth as efficiently as possible, if possible while remaining seated in front of the screens. Let's not forget how entire lifestyle constitutes a circle.

    • Processed food is so very addicting. I mean really, who doesn’t love root beer floats, donuts, pepperoni pizza and Cheetos?!

      The thing is, you can eat it for so many years and feel good until, for most people, you find out at some age that something was going very wrong inside and you never knew.

      One of my heroes is David Kessler, the FDA commissioner under Bush and Clinton who famously battled the tobacco companies and won. He went on to become Dean of Yale’s school of medicine and wrote this fabulous book, which details how the food companies engineer food to be so delicious:

    • Harvard’s plate is the best of them, I think. Who am I to question professor Hu, but I’ll do it anyway, because that’s what the Internet is for, right?

      I think the protein slice is misleading. First, it implies the other groups don’t have protein, which they all do. Broccoli is roughly 20% protein, on a par with beans and twice as high as most nuts, which really are nutritionally fat, not protein. Fish is nutritionally completely different from beans. It has no carbs, no fiber, and 3x the protein.

      Throwing fish, nuts and beans together and calling them a term that every food group has, seems confusing. Especially since the label is a component of food, unlike the other slices, which are food food

      Finally: very convincing data shows beans are the food group most associated with long-lived populations, even more than vegetables. They deserve their own slice. To keep the chart simple, you could put fruit and vegetables in one slice. It’s sometimes hard to differentiate them. Tomatoes.

    • God, broccoli is so freaking dense—I’m too full now to eat a candy bar.

      Afternoon snack today: prunes, cashews and this

      (@peach Does this count as cooking? 😋)