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Food Rules (And Makes You Drool)

Wow! Check out what I had waiting on my desk at the office Monday morning:

Yes! That’s a copy of Michael Pollan’s recent book, Food Rules.

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:

Hell yeah.

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?

2 thoughts on “Food Rules (And Makes You Drool)

  1. ‘Real’ food to me is the raw material for meals: veggies, fruits, dry (not canned) pulses, whole meats, eggs, whole and minimally processed grains (ie gram flour, breads with fewer than 5 ingredients, raw pasta, etc). I avoid eating processed foods as much as I can, though I do admit to partaking now and then. energy bars would be my most common processed food, especially for days when I teach through mealtime. I’m particularly careful about avoiding processed foods (or at least carefully reading the ingredients) because I am sensitive to both dairy and wheat ingredients and those are rampant in processed foods. I guess tofu and soy or almond milk are fairly processed too, and those are also common components of my diet.

    In a moment of weakness yesterday I bought pre-made sushi rolls. They were delicious, but I woke up with aching joints and sore muscles. Lo and behold the sticky brown rice contained wheat starch! I should have read the ingredients, and had a little more willpower…

    the good thing is that our garden is finally producing! If you want some fresh beans, let me know! I’ve got about 8 lbs of them in my fridge right now…

    1. Wow, I had no idea they were sneaking wheat into rice these days. That’s crazy! It also sounds like you eat much more healthfully than I currently do. I’ve started tracking my veggie intake, and sometimes I only get one serving in… PER WEEK. I don’t know how I’m still standing.

      That’s awesome about your garden! I wanted a big garden this year, but I don’t think that’s going to happen at this house. You should pickle some of your beans, I hear they make great snacks!

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