Thanksgiving Dinner photo

Introducing EFSEP

Introducing EFSEP is aimed at anyone who is curious about the purpose of this website. I explain what can do for you, and why it’s important.

First, is it EFSEP or E.F.S.E.P?

Frankly, it doesn’t matter. It stands for:

  1. Eat Food.
  2. Sufficient.
  3. Especially Plants.

So, you can call it Ef.S.Ep. if you like. I’ll call it EFSEP.

You might think you’ve heard something similar before. EFSEP was inspired by Michael Pollan’s “Unhappy Meals“, in which he writes:

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

That, more or less, is the short answer to the supposedly incredibly complicated and confusing question of what we humans should eat in order to be maximally healthy.

I’ve taken those sentiments, and turned them into an easier acronym. If you prefer Pollan’s style, stick with him. I’m not trying to compete. I just want to blog about these ideals, and try to make it easier for people to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

I hate the idea of dieting. So, this is an anti-dietism blog. The nearest I’ll get to the D word is to write about topics such as Traditional Mediterranean Eating Style. As Pollan recommends:

Eat more like the French. Or the Japanese. Or the Italians. Or the Greeks. Confounding factors aside, people who eat according to the rules of a traditional food culture are generally healthier than we are.

EFSEP: Eat Food. Sufficient. Especially Plants.

Let’s look at a typical dinner.

Thanksgiving Dinner photo
Is this your typical Thanksgiving Dinner?

Eat Food.
Avoid processed food-like substances. The additives will not help you stay healthy. This dinner looks freshly prepared, which is great.
When you buy food to prepare for your dinner, always read the labels. Do not buy anything that has chemical additives. If you would not use an ingredient in your own kitchen, don’t buy products that contain it. Keep food fresh (or freshly frozen) and simple. Use fresh, dried or frozen herbs. And, use spices for fantastic flavor that’s safe. Freezing and drying are safe ways to preserve real food. Don’t forget the pickles 😀 .
I don’t know how many people are invited for Thanksgiving in the photo. Let’s hope it’s a big crowd!
Eat enough food to fuel your lifestyle. We soon get bad eating habits, and overeating is one of them. You cannot fix this by dieting – that just makes it worse. EFSEP gives you tips to turn bad habits into good ones. Weight control forever, not just a few weeks.
Especially Plants.
Maybe the table-laying hasn’t finished in the photo? There’s just not enough vegetables for that much meat.
Now that my eating habits have improved, I know how to eat well from a table like that. I go for as much veggie variety as I can get. Then, I’ll add one slice of meat. It takes time to develop that habit. But, you don’t need to change everything overnight. Change one thing each month. More plants. Less animals.

Your Eating Habits

So, now you know what EFSEP is.

I hope I can encourage you to eat sufficient food that’s mainly from plants.

What do you think of EFSEP? Please tell me about your eating habits in the food forum.