In his personal life, Michael says he eats just about anything—as long as it's real food. "I think cooking is really key because it's the only way you're going to take back control of your diet from the corporations who want to cook for us," he says. "The fact is, so far corporations don't cook that well. They tend to use too much salt, fat and sugar—much more than you would ever use at home."
Michael says his own approch to eating is simple. "I've boiled it down to seven words: Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much."
When Michael does eat meat, he says prefers grass-fed beef. "I'm very picky about the meat I eat," he says. "I eat grass-fed beef, which is now becoming more common. Yes, it's still more expensive, but it's a very sustainable product."
When he's buying dairy, Michael looks for pastured dairy—milk from grass-fed cows. "It's got more beta carotene, more omega-3s, all this kind of stuff."
Michael also likes to buy produce from farmer's markets. "Getting out of the supermarket when we can is a very important part of learning where your food comes from," he says. "Ask the farmer."