This must be the third time I'm rewriting this page, and I'll continue to do so as I learn more about food and health.
There's a general agreement that the people who survive on fast food and takeouts and microwaveable meals could do much better with their health. But from this point on, it starts to get confusing. These days, food has turned into some sort of a religion, the vegetarians lashing out against the paleo or atkins, and then even within these camps, there are the no-grains or just-fruits, or raw vegan vs cooked, and the list goes on. We have scientists coming up with "research" turning us away from food that our ancestors used to eat and thrive on-- the butter, the egg yolks, the coconut milk, the lard, and so we've got the low-fat, vegan, muesli-with-skim/soy milk camp of health foodies. Then there are those who have read the research on the health benefits of saturated fat, and stumbled upon the atkins or a high-protein diet, maybe an interpretation of the paleo diet, and decided that fat and protein are good and carbs are the devil.
It's just silly, really.
It's food, it's potatoes or spinach or pineapples or meatballs or eggs, have it sunny side-up, baked, hard-boiled, soft-boiled, whatever, but it's not 152 calories out of the allowed 2000 calorie daily intake, or a 70.8g serving of protein/carb/fat. Low-fat's silly, so is low-carb. In my journey towards finding out the 'best' way to eat, I've tried many things, and found myself back on square one, eating the foods that I grew up with, the foods that my mum cooks, that I love. I eat everything and I like eating everything. Or rather, I eat everything real. I love food. It's because I love food that I believe food should be lovingly prepared from real ingredients, not from a factory inside a can with an expiry date 5 years later.
I used to have a set of golden rules, and they're still here, but they've changed a bit and I don't want to call them rules anymore. The needs of your body change, and your body will tell you. Health is also about enjoying life and having a good time with friends and family, stressing out about unhealthy food is more unhealthy than just eating it.
If you can stomach it, you can read the very lengthy post "My Golden Rules" going into all the details about how I aim to eat most of the time. But really, above all, just love your body and the food that you put into it and the earth and you'll do ok.
I don't claim to be an expert on health, but these are some choices I've taken and found helpful to my wellbeing, you can see what you make of them. Here are some resources you can check out too:
Weston A Price
Matt Stone from 180degreehealth
Josh Rubin from East West Healing
Kimi from Nourishing Gourmet
Katie from Kitchen Stewardship
MY HEALTH NOTES
My golden rules
Working at a farmer's market and eating seasonally and locally
How to survive on real food on a student budget
Why we should be eating more of the 'icky' meat (offal)
Loving good food and life (learning from the Italians)
On eating white rice