Saturday, January 30, 2010

Food Rules

Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants

Michael Pollan is my hero. His new book was cause for a visit with Oprah last week and I was so disappointed to have missed it. So....I went right out and bought the book.

It's a great synopsis of his previous books, and just as its' title implies a book of rules, or more gently guidelines for eating well. This great read takes about an evening to complete and leaves you with a greater resolve to take make wise food choices and eat well.

Much of the book is particularly timely after our "Processed Food Project". Here are a few of my favorite, and humorous, rules....

#1 - Avoid food products containing ingredients that a third-grader cannot pronounce.

#2 - Don't eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food.

#3 - It's not food if it's called by the same name in every language. Think Cheetos and Big Macs.

#4 - Don't eat breakfast cereals that change the color of the milk.

#5 - Don't get your fuel from the same place your car does.

Read this book. Pat yourself on the back for all you already do. Challenge yourself to change the things you don't. You'll be really glad you did.


Georgine said...

I was going to get you this book! You always surprise me with stuff, you are very hard to surprise. I haven't picked mine up yet. So,it is worth it? I have the border's coupon. HAve a good bread class today.

Emily said...

I love it - will have to read. My mom was just talking to me about processed foods and that type of thing, so it must be a sign. Also - I'm going to make the meyer lemon and rosemary cake you posted. It sounds amazing. Thank you for taking the time to do your blog. It's a breath of fresh air!

pve design said...

I am a huge proponent of whole foods - having been raised by a family of farmers. We recognize the sheer amount of the labor of love farming requires. Everything tastes better when we can recognize what we are about to eat. I love no.5 - that is too funny.
Food is the fuel to nourish and to nurture.