Food Rules

I just finished readying Michael Pollan’s book Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual. Have you read it?

While there wasn’t anything earth shattering in the book, it had some good ‘rules’.

The book is organized into 3 parts: 1. What should I eat? (Eat food). 2. What kind of food should I eat? (Mostly plants). and 3. How should I eat? (Not too much).

There are 64 rules total in the book. It is a quick read with most rules taking up one page with a brief description or explanation of the rule listed.

Here are some of my favorites:

From part 1. What should I eat? (Eat food).

Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.
Avoid food products containing ingredients that a third-grader cannot pronounce.
Eat only foods that will eventually rot.
If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t.

From part 2. What kind of food should I eat? (Mostly plants).

Eat mostly plants, especially the leaves.
Eat your colors.
Don’t eat breakfast cereals that change the color of the milk.

From part 3: How should I eat: (Not too much).

Stop eating before you’re full.
Treat treats as treats.
Break the rules once in a while.

I think I would like to read Michael Pollan’s first book: In Defense of Food. It sounds like that is more of a discussion and research on the Western diet. Has anyone read that?

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  1. Holly @ Pink Runner

    So I shouldn’t have eaten those chocolate cherrios?? LOL I love the grandmother and 3rd grader rules 🙂

  2. I haven’t read this book but I’ve heard those rules and they’re basically common sense. Real clean foods are best!