Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan
“As the cost of food in America has declined … we have been eating much more (and spending more on health care).”
This is just one morsel from Michael Pollan’s new book: Food Rules; a pithy compendium of stark insights highlighting the mess that has become the ‘Western’ diet.
In 140 pages Michael Pollan has laid out “64 (gentle) rules” for how to avoid the manipulations of the ‘food industrial complex’ by reminding us of much that we already know about healthy eating, but have lost touch with.
This book is on our ‘give-as-a-gift’ list, and is a ‘gift-of-a-lifetime’ for the children in your life who have been born into the (somewhat) sick food culture we’re all contending with today.
Reading “Food Rules” feels like snacking on healthy bits of easily digestible information that are readily absorbed into your diet planning as you read it.
Rules and Reminders
Here’s a quick taste of what you’ll find in “Food Rules”:
A Few Rules:
- “Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.”
- “Avoid food products containing ingredients that a third-grader cannot pronounce.”
- “Don’t get your fuel from the same place your car does.”
A Few Reminders:
- “Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, dinner like a pauper.”
- “After lunch, rest a while; after dinner, walk a mile.”
- “Put down your fork between bites.”
A Good Read
“Food Rules” is a pleasant read that doesn’t make you feel guilty or anxious about what you’re not doing right in your life.
Pollan does not come off sounding like the ‘Food Police’ ... as he makes clear in “Rule 64: Break the rules once in a while” when he reminds us: “All things in moderation … including moderation.”
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