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Show 1189: What the Heck Should We Be Eating?

If you've ever wondered, "What should we be eating?" you'll want to listen to Dr. Mark Hyman tell why cooking tasty food doesn't have to take lots of time.
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If you like to cook, you are no doubt aware that favorite recipes change with the times, just like fashions in clothing. But a lot of Americans don’t like to cook. They may not have tried acquiring the skills or even more likely, they don’t have the time to do anything very complicated in the kitchen. Relying on processed foods may be convenient, but it isn’t very healthy. Is there a way for families to enjoy food that nourishes them without spending a great deal of time or money? What should we be eating?

Food: What the Heck Should We Be Eating?

Dr. Mark Hyman has been a leader of functional medicine for quite some time, which means he’s been paying attention to how people eat and how that influences their health. His own epiphany came a few decades ago when he experienced mercury poisoning. How did he heal himself, and how has that influenced his approach to healthcare?

Dr. Hyman’s new cookbook, Food: What the Heck Should I Cook? is just out. In it, he outlines his food philosophy, explains what a Pegan diet is (a mashup of Paleo and vegan) and most importantly, offers clear delicious recipes that don’t contain gluten or unhealthy fats. Imagine a Poached Egg Power Bowl, Chicken and Apple Salad, Blushing Beet Dip or Butternut Taco Wraps. This is just a smidgeon of the recipes you’ll find in his book. Find out why he thinks of food as information.

Helping Children Eat a Variety of Foods:

Sometimes children make a fuss about what’s on their plates. Whether they are veggie avoiders or chicken cheaters, picky eaters can make life hard on their parents and stressful for everyone. How can we raise kids to be joyful and adventurous eaters who learn to love a wide range of healthful foods? Dr. Nancy Zucker will offer advice. She helped advise Dr. Yum on her program of teaching children to appreciate a variety of foods. How should we be eating in our families to promote children’s love of new tastes?

This Week’s Guests:

Nancy L. Zucker, PhD, is Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Associate Director of Graduate Studies at Duke University. She is a Child and Family Clinical Psychologist and an eating disorders specialist.

Mark Hyman, MD, is the director of The Cleveland Clinic Center for Functional Medicine, president of clinical affairs on the board of the Institute for Functional Medicine, and founder and director of The Ultra Wellness Center.
He is an eleven-time New York Times bestselling author. His most recent book is Food: What the Heck Should I Cook?

His website is: drhyman.com   Dr. Hyman’s photograph is copyright Nicole Franzen, 2019.

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    I learned a few years ago the difference between “real food”(which comes from a garden or a farm) and “food product” (which comes from a factory and has a long list of difficult to pronounce ingredients). This insight has really helped me to discern which items at the grocery store or at a restaurant are the healthiest choices and which items are essentially slow-acting poison! Unfortunately I don’t recall where I learned about this. Does anyone know who I should give credit for the real food vs. food product comparison?

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