No, that wasn’t a command, it was just a noun. But what we eat is important. You know the drill, and don’t want to be lectured.
But there is new science here. (Monty Python: “This new learning amazes me, Sir Bedevere. Explain again how sheep's bladders may be employed to prevent earthquakes.”)
It’s not just about you. In your gut, and in you generally, is a whole ecosystem of ‘microbiota’, small living things, digesting and excreting and doing all kinds of fabulous chemistry. And it responds to what you eat. Some of these micro living things like some foods, and if those are provided, do better. Others like others. Small things in evolutionary competition with other small things. In your digestive tract is the whole of Charles Darwin, perhaps excepting the scratchy beard.
Yes, I know that you’re going to have a glass of wine. My-oh-my, it’s needed. But just as the modern political fashion is all about ‘diversity’, the same is a good idea in your gut. Feed the herbivores things they like.
Fresh, raw, whole foods, as close to nature as possible with lots of colors like orange (carrots and squash), red (berries and pomegranate), green (watercress, kale, broccoli). And good fats that come from fish and meats, nuts and seeds; protein; healthy carbohydrates from vegetables like potatoes and aubergines, and fruits like bananas and apples. Also, eating fermented foods like sauerkraut, kimchi, and kefir can boost your microbiome.
Needless to say, my husband’s take was slightly different, even if comes close to the same conclusion.
My husband is not a professional nutritionist.