The Key To Good Health is Cooking

In this fun RSA Short, food journalist and activist, Michael Pollan explains how to eat well by following one simple rule without the need for fad diets or deprivation. The big takeaway lesson: "What predicted a healthy diet more than anything else was that it was being cooked by a human being (and not a corporation)...Eat anything you want, just cook it yourself."

How often do you cook your meals? I definitely spend more time cooking. The food industry has become so complicated. It's time to get back to the basics. So that means cooking at least one meal per day, supporting local farms as much as possible and eating seasonally. These are a few small changes I've made. We live in a very connected world, where most of our time is spent in front of screens, and not connecting with individuals. For me cooking is one of the best antidotes. I can have the craziest day and will still want to whip up a 20 minute meal. Cooking is a huge stress reliever for me that also allows me to make healthy choices for me and my family. You don’t have to be a nut about it, just start with small changes.

Michael Pollan is the author of five books, including The Botany of Desire, The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food. A longtime contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine, Pollan is also the Knight Professor of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.