What is one way you're going to try to eat healthier this year?

Eat more vegetables
20% (716 votes)
Eat fewer sweets
13% (465 votes)
Cook your meals at home
11% (383 votes)
Eat more whole grains
2% (71 votes)
Drink more water
11% (392 votes)
Cut back on caffiene
1% (45 votes)
Eat a healthy breakfast
4% (131 votes)
Eat fewer processed foods
19% (651 votes)
Cut back on calories
12% (430 votes)
Other, I'll explain in the comments
6% (217 votes)
Total votes: 3501


Anonymous wrote 29 weeks 4 days ago

I might stop buttering my

I might stop buttering my prime rib and use Roquefort instead. Mary Zeman

Anonymous wrote 31 weeks 3 days ago

I have limited my Fat grams

I have limited my Fat grams to 30 grams per day. Since fats are so much higher in calories. I therefore, eat lots of vegetable, fruits. with smaller portions of protein.

Anonymous wrote 31 weeks 3 days ago

Seems very healthy and

Seems very healthy and wholsome .pls give the receipe for whole wheat pizza dough .

Anonymous wrote 31 weeks 5 days ago

Fruits and veggies, lots

Fruits and veggies, lots more! The way that works for me is by making a pitcher of green smoothie (6 cups). By the end of the day I've consumed it all. Yum!

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Anonymous wrote 32 weeks 4 days ago

I am going to eat small meals

I am going to eat small meals more often to stop hunger.

Anonymous wrote 33 weeks 1 day ago

I want to eat healthier from

I want to eat healthier from the farm full of nutrients and cut on hospital bills.

- anonymous

Anonymous wrote 33 weeks 1 day ago

going gluten free

going gluten free

Anonymous wrote 33 weeks 2 days ago

I will shop at local farmer's

I will shop at local farmer's markets more often.

Karen Brenna wrote 33 weeks 3 days ago

Give up bread-except

Give up bread-except tortillas and occasional pizza.

Anonymous wrote 34 weeks 1 day ago

Trying to eat my biggest meal

Trying to eat my biggest meal in the middle of the day.

Anonymous wrote 34 weeks 4 days ago

I am eating less meat and

I am eating less meat and including protein in my diet through other sources.

Anonymous wrote 34 weeks 4 days ago



Anonymous wrote 34 weeks 5 days ago



All your life you’ve eaten a “healthy” diet. You’ve followed the USDA Food Pyramid from the beginning, and were always told supplements were unnecessary as long as you ate a balanced diet (whatever that means).
Maybe you’re wiser now, and are following a higher nutrient diet. Either way, one of the most repeated beliefs among health conscious people is that you can – and should – get all of your nutrients from food. With over fifty percent of the nation consuming a multivitamin, this isn’t a universal belief. However, multivitamins often make people think they can eat even worse, which isn’t exactly productive (more on those later).
Many people are shamed into avoiding supplements with statements like “So you’re too lazy to eat real food? You think you can fix everything with a pill?” We all have those health conscious friends who decry supplementation as dogma. They are confusing drugs like statins with nutrients. They are not the same.
In any case, you’re not dead yet, so you must be getting the right nutrients. Supplements are unnecessary… right?
10 Reasons You Should Take Supplements
1. You Eat Crap a Standard American Diet
Grains, legumes, and most forms of modern dairy are not food. The purpose of consuming food is to nourish the body and mind. These foods do the opposite.
First of all, grains, legumes, and conventional dairy are nutrient deficient (or void). They contain extremely small amounts of nutrients, most of which are malabsorbed. Grains and legumes deplete nutrient stores and interfere with nutrient absorption. They are toxins in themselves, which increases your nutrient needs. Grains and legumes both cause intestinal damage which further decreases your ability to absorb nutrients. Even if you’ve stopped eating these foods, you may be in nutrient debt or have lingering intestinal damage which is interfering with nutrient absorption.
Due to inflammation caused by other foods toxins, dairy protein is often inflammatory. Conventional dairy also contains mycotoxins which are extremely damaging.
2. Soil Depletion
Improper farming practices deplete the soil of nutrients. When plants are repeatedly grown on the same land, the soil loses nutrients faster than they can be replaced. Over time, the plants have fewer nutrients to grow. Fertilizer contains just enough nutrition for the plant to survive until harvesting, but not enough to support human health. This results in plants that have 75% fewer micronutrients. (“Not On The Label“, p213.) In addition, most plants are not harvested fresh. They sit on trucks, shelves, and counters for weeks before being eaten. Over time, the nutrient content of these plants decreases.
Most modern fruits and vegetables are grown to increase their sugar content, not their nutrient value. As a result, most of the common fruits and vegetables are artificially high in fructose and sugar and lower in key nutrients.
When plants contain fewer nutrients, the animals that eat these plants are also malnourished. A study published in the Journal of Nutrition and Health found copper levels in the UK have dropped by 90% in dairy, 55% in meat, and 76% in vegetables.
3. Water Depletion
Water is also depleted of minerals due to modern production methods. There is a huge variation in the mineral content of bottled and tap water, with tap water generally having more. Water filters remove important minerals such as magnesium, which was a main source of magnesium for early humans. If you don’t use a filter and you don’t have a well, it’s likely you’re consuming dangerous amounts of fluoride and/or are deficient in magnesium. This could explain why people who drink water higher in calcium than magnesium develop more myocardial infarcts and ischemic heart disease.
4. Low Calorie Diets Are Low Nutrient Diets
I know this is a crazy idea, but starving yourself is bad. Consuming a low calorie diet means you’re consuming fewer total micronutrients. Humans are designed to consume a large amount of calories, and it doesn’t make you fat. When you eat less (as everyone says you should), it’s easy to become malnourished. When you’re consuming low quality foods, you have to eat even more to obtain the right amounts of nutrition. This is one more example of why food quality matters.
What do we mean by low calorie? According to this study (conducted by our friend and podcast guest Dr. Jason Calton), most diets require 27,575 calories to supply all the essential micronutrients. If you’re eating less than that, and are following something like the USDA diet or the South Beach Diet, you’re deficient in nutrients.
Animal foods are generally higher in calories and nutrients, so it’s no surprise that’s where the majority of calories came from in early human development. Since the modern trend is to reduce the consumption of animal foods, people are consuming fewer nutrients.
Pesticide-treated vegetables are lower in phenolics than organic ones. This is because polyphenols are produced as a defense against bugs and pathogens. When there is no reason to defend themselves, the plant stops producing polyphenols.
There is pesticides. This is despite sometimes being contaminated anyway. It should be mentioned that many studies show organic foods are not higher in nutrients. However, that’s going by the USDA definition of organic – not “organic” that you would find in your back yard. Fresh fruits and vegetables grown at home in well fertilized soil are going to be higher in nutrients than USDA organic versions.
Plants treated with pesticides are also lower in phenolics than organic ones. This is because polyphenols are produced as a defense against bugs and pathogens. When there is no reason to defend themselves, the plant stops producing polyphenols.
There is also evidence that glyphosate – RoundUp herbicide – chelates minerals in crops on which it is sprayed. It remains to be seen how much of an impact this effect has, but it’s safe to avoid GMO foods for a variety of other reasons.
Unfortunately, organic is not always possible due to financial or logistical reasons. Even when you can find organic foods, they aren’t necessarily better.
6. Grain-fed Meat & Cooked/Conventional Dairy
Compared to grass-fed meat, grain-fed meat is abysmally low in antioxidants, micronutrients, fatty acids, minerals, and vitamins. Grains are not a food for humans or herbivorous animals. When herbivores are fed grains, they become malnourished, just like humans. Grain-fed meat and farmed seafood can also serve as a carrier for more toxins, which increases nutrient needs.
Raw, unpasteurized, unprocessed, full-fat dairy can be good for you, but the kind most people buy at the grocery store is not healthy. The majority of nutrients in milk are found in the fat (cream). When you remove or reduce the fat, you are removing and reducing the nutrient content. Pasteurization destroys some of the nutrients in both skim and full fat milk. Conventional dairy is also high in aflatoxin and other mycotoxins that were in the cattle’s feed.
If you eat grain-fed meat or conventional dairy – supplementation is a good idea.
7. Toxin Exposure
Your body needs nutrients to deal with toxins. When more toxins are present, you need more nutrients. If you’re living in a cave or the garden of Eden, this will be less of a concern. If you’re like the rest of us mortals – you’re exposed to a litany of toxins on a daily basis.
Here are just some of the things your body has to contend with:
Xenoestrogens (plastics, BPA, some molds, petroleum products).
Industrial solvents and cleaners.
Our bodies weren’t designed to deal with these toxins using only nutrition from food. They just weren’t. So if you plan to get your nutrition only from food, you should plan to get your toxins only from the Garden of Eden. Good luck with that.
Unnatural lighting.
Food toxins (not a problem if you’re eating Bulletproof).
Stress and lack of sleep.
There are hundreds of other sources of unnatural stress that increase the body’s need for proper nutrition. Even if you’re doing everything right in terms of diet – it’s almost impossible to get all of your nutrients from food.
Our bodies weren’t designed to deal with these toxins using only nutrition from food. They just weren’t. So if you plan to get your nutrition only from food, you should plan to get your toxins only from the Garden of Eden. Good luck with that.
8. Nutrient Absorption Declines With Age
Several studies have shown kids need more nutrients to support growth, and older people need more nutrients due to malabsorption. As people age, they often begin taking medications which can interfere with nutrient absorption. This means you need to take more nutrients in the most absorbable form possible.
9. Exercise Increases Nutrient Needs
Athletes often think tons of exercise is the key to a long and healthy life (it’s not). They are among the first to denounce supplementation as unnecessary, often with the idea that exercise is the best medicine. I don’t advocate high amounts of exercise, but this is an important point. If you’re doing enough exercise to substantially deplete energy reserves, you’re also using more nutrients for energy production and recovery. As a result, athletes are at an even higher risk of nutrient deficiencies. Since many athletes eat a low nutrient, high toxin diet – this is a serious concern.
10. Supplementation May Help You Live Longer
Aging is a natural process, but it’s not fun. If there are supplements than can delay this process, why not take them? As long as there isn’t an undue risk of harm, it’s hard to justify avoiding a substance simply because our ancestors didn’t have access to it. There is good reason to believe a higher intake of nutrients may prolong life. Our hunter-gatherer ancestors may have been malnourished at certain times which is not beneficial. If supplements can buy you a few more years of quality life, why not take them?
11. Expense & Health
Whether we like it or not, sometimes supplements are cheaper than real food. In the case of something like salmon, it may be better for you to supplement with a high quality fish or krill oil than to settle for a farmed variety. Farmed salmon is low in omega-3s and high in toxins.
Farmed salmon are higher in parasites and bacteria. In order to hide the sickly appearance of farmed salmon meat, the fish are fed a pink pigment to change their tissue color. Farmed salmon contains 16 times more PCB’s and pesticides than wild. Wild salmon is often more expensive than grass-fed beef, and presents more of a health risk than benefit. Grass-fed beef has enough omega-3’s by itself, but supplementation may be a good idea for some people (like kids).
We live in a stressful, toxic world, and it’s a normal, healthy, optimized human behavior to understand the toxins and counteract them whenever possible. Hiding your head in Paleo-sand won’t make the effects of these toxins go away. Neither will eating some vegetables.
The idea that you can get all your nutrients from food is fine in theory, but virtually impossible in practice. Soil and water depletion, food and environmental toxins, poor absorption, pesticides, exercise, and lack of calories can all cause nutrient deficiencies. There is evidence that consuming nutrients from food is more beneficial than supplements, which is why you should focus on a nutrient rich diet first. However, it’s rarely enough.

If you want to be Bulletproof, supplementation is a great start. Handicapping yourself by “only getting nutrients from food” is not a good idea, even on the Bulletproof Diet.

Do you think supplementation is necessary for optimal health?

have a nice day!

Anonymous wrote 35 weeks 12 hours ago

I am going to stop drinking

I am going to stop drinking diet sodas! Three days and counting..................

pmayfield2759480 wrote 35 weeks 4 days ago

All of the above.

All of the above.

Anonymous wrote 35 weeks 5 days ago

I am doing all of the above

I am doing all of the above in the answers. No any one thing is going to help me. Increase veggies,fruits, nuts, and water. Eliminated deep fried anything, caffeine, and decrease sugar, and about 70% of dairy. Only almond milk. skim milk cheeses. A drastic change in the last 3 months. Stomach pain when eating forced me to over haul my diet. It's not easy, and I complain, allot.... but it is worth not having the pain. Gallbladder, among other issues.

julie_gross57 wrote 35 weeks 6 days ago

Count calories religiously.

Count calories religiously. It works when I do it and I have so much more energy.

Anonymous wrote 37 weeks 4 days ago

I'm eating more protein to

I'm eating more protein to support my trainer's intense exercise program: lean beef, chicken, turkey, seafood, Greek yogurt and cottage cheese. I've always enjoyed vegetables and drink lots of water, just less sugar and fat, and lower overall calories. My weight and blood pressure have already dropped!

Anonymous wrote 37 weeks 5 days ago

I eat vegetarian during the

I eat vegetarian during the week for breakfast and dinner. Vegan for lunch (big batches of whole grains and veggies that I cook up on Sundays and eat all week). Meat only on the weekends and no more than one serving per day. Lastly, knowing that feelings of hunger are actually thirst, I drink more water during the day to avoid all the cakes and snacks people bring into the office. If I have to snack, I have home-made hummus and veggies in the fridge.

Anonymous wrote 38 weeks 11 hours ago

Continue to avoid salt.

Continue to avoid salt. Continue on Weight Watchers Maintenance Program

Anonymous wrote 38 weeks 2 days ago

quit eating :-)

quit eating :-)

jrhinehelder wrote 38 weeks 5 days ago

At least double my

At least double my consumption of fruit and a lot more spinach and beets.

Anonymous wrote 38 weeks 6 days ago

I am going to do my best to

I am going to do my best to avoid foods that come in plastic bags or containers, plastic lined cans, cooking with plastic utensils or non-stick coating and storing leftovers in plastic.

going for foods without the plastic smell and taste, plus the avoidance of endocrine disrupters. Ugh

info93996 wrote 38 weeks 6 days ago

I'm going VEGAN! Simple as

I'm going VEGAN! Simple as that!

Anonymous wrote 38 weeks 6 days ago

A hand full of walnuts

A hand full of walnuts almonds figs salad wth egg white which includes tomato onion garlic turmeric green chillies capsicum mint spinach beef leaves coriander wth bran bread for lunch green tea lots of water fruit smoothy of apple banana berries orange beet Lemmon juice wth chia seeds flax seeds sunflower seeds honey low fat yogurt cinnamon yummmmmmmy and healthy

Anonymous wrote 39 weeks 17 hours ago

Reduce portion size.

Reduce portion size.

Anonymous wrote 39 weeks 1 day ago

I have many meatless meals,

I have many meatless meals, and more fish. I try to eat at least three pieces of fruit each day and enjoy a salad at least one time each day. I don't eat after 7pm. I drink my tea (green, and black) without sugar. And I have one cup of coffee on Sundays, making it my special treat!
- I. Woodard

Anonymous wrote 39 weeks 1 day ago

I'm going paleo!

I'm going paleo!

Anonymous wrote 39 weeks 2 days ago

Quit eating chocolate and

Quit eating chocolate and processed food

Kathie_60 wrote 39 weeks 4 days ago

Try more of a Mediterranean

Try more of a Mediterranean diet.

Anonymous wrote 40 weeks 15 hours ago

Eat wheat free to reduce

Eat wheat free to reduce bloating and aid digestion. Sleep well and have a good breakfast to start the day

Anonymous wrote 40 weeks 3 days ago

Eat less dairy and more soy.

Eat less dairy and more soy.

Anonymous wrote 40 weeks 4 days ago

Cut out Sugar and fried foods

Cut out Sugar and fried foods

2tweetyolive.8 wrote 40 weeks 5 days ago

Inflammation causes: better

Inflammation causes: better diet , learn yoga, at age 52, learn exercise for me. I suffer from thyroid, inflammation, allergies. To make my golden years golden.

Anonymous wrote 41 weeks 10 hours ago

I focus on a well balanced

I focus on a well balanced diet with proper portion control, but most importantly; I will make sure I keep myself hydrated properly. In order to lose weight, water consumption is a key factor because it helps with proper and consistent digestion which also helps with weight loss. It is proven fact that we should consume half of our body weight in ounces of water per day.


Anonymous wrote 41 weeks 17 hours ago

Practice more and better

Practice more and better portion control.

courtney.gibson92 wrote 41 weeks 23 hours ago

I am trying to cut back on

I am trying to cut back on vending machine foods and soda. I work night shift and my days and nights are so confused its really hard to regulate my eating because at some point i have to switch my times and its just really messed up.

christl_bragan wrote 41 weeks 1 day ago

a more balanced diet with

a more balanced diet with more organic foods, more whole grains. I've been cooking low fat, low sodium and low sugar for over 20 years, now I've realized that we eat way to many things that don't belong in our food. to many things I can't even pronounce. I want to set a good example to my kids by including them in the decision making, shopping and cooking. they (15 + 18) have pointed out our need to be more conscious of what we put in our bodies. especially since my son has Asperger's. working on eliminating all the gluten and casein and anything artificial that i can!!!
sorry for rambling....

lorraine.cogan wrote 41 weeks 3 days ago

Eat smaller portions

Eat smaller portions

mimogene1 wrote 41 weeks 3 days ago

Eat gluten-free

Eat gluten-free

Anonymous wrote 41 weeks 4 days ago

Desperately trying to cut

Desperately trying to cut back on sodium...have never added salt to food at the table or cooked with it but unfortunately the processed foods which I rely on to save cooking time are loaded with it. C'mon food manufacturers/processors, have a heart (literally) and help those of us who choose to live without salt. It's easy to add if you wish but impossible to remove once there.

Anonymous wrote 41 weeks 5 days ago

Thanks for EatingWell, where

Thanks for EatingWell, where good taste meets good health. This is what I shall follow and cook at home.

_203977 wrote 41 weeks 6 days ago

menu planning with

menu planning with menu-planner app on my phone.

Anonymous wrote 42 weeks 9 hours ago

eat more regularly. my eating

eat more regularly. my eating schedule is erratic at best. if i can hold myself to 4-5 small meals during the day it will keep my metabolism up. i don't do sweets, eat very little red meat or processed foods.

sprygrl wrote 42 weeks 1 day ago

My biggest change is eating

My biggest change is eating healthier. I started last November by kicking dairy to the curb. Last month I started juicing and this month I started on a 10 day cleanse where I have been eating nothing but fruits and veggies. I am on day 7 and am down 10 pounds.

Anonymous wrote 42 weeks 3 days ago

More on juicing..

More on juicing..

Anonymous wrote 42 weeks 6 days ago

Taking a home made lunch to

Taking a home made lunch to work. Homemade soup, left over small dinners, anything to keep from impulse fast food binging!

Anonymous wrote 43 weeks 1 day ago

Hello was wondering for the

Hello was wondering for the cherry cream cheese spread where you get only 65 cal for the 1 serving of cherry cream cheese spread which serving is 2/3 cup . You call for 4oz cream cheese I used fat free and 1oz alone is 30 calories.

Please let me know where you got your nutritional facts and if the serving is smaller then the 2/3cup please tell what the is thanks so much

lukay75109 wrote 43 weeks 1 day ago

Portion control is my top

Portion control is my top priority..... .

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