Wow! Check out what I had waiting on my desk at the office Monday morning:
Pollan’s award-winning Omnivore’s Dilemma completely changed my outlook on food, and possibly rescued me from a lifelong quest to become a raging orthorexic. This handy little paperback expounds on one of Omnivore’s Dilemma biggest takeaway lessons:
Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
Actually, that’s how Food Rules is structured. In the “Eat Food” category, you have such rules as “Avoid products that contain five or more ingredients” and “If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t.” In “Mostly Plants,” Pollan suggests that we “Treat meat as a flavoring or special occasion food” and “Don’t eat breakfast cereals that change the color of the milk.” For “Not Too Much”, “Eat when you’re hungry, not when you’re bored” and “Don’t get your fuel from the same place your car does.”
Of course, this new book had me from the dedication page:
I also like the double entendre in the title. Food rules, man. Like, it’s totally awesome. To a dieter, too often food becomes the enemy. It’s scary and complicated and insidious and usually just makes you fat. I don’t think we should think like that anymore. Food, real food, is nourishment for the body and soul.
I’m looking forward to the rest of the book. Thanks goes to my boss, who shared this with me after I mentioned that I started a health and wellness blog.
What do you consider “real” food? Do you avoid eating processed foods?