Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan

16 Mar

Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants.

That’s what it comes down to. 

These are the words of my friend, Sheri.  She chose what she found to be the 12 most all-encompassing and useful rules from the book Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan.   I have never heard of the book until the day Sheri posted this on Facebook.  Her words, and I guess Mr. Pollan’s too, resonated too much with me and KarmaFree Cooking’s philosophy.  That’s why I wanted to share this with you all…

And, in Sheri’s words – “May they keep you fit, healthy and energized in the new year!”

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

2. Avoid foods you see advertised on television.

3. Eat only foods that will eventually rot.

4. It’s not food if it arrived through the window of your car.

5. Eat mostly plants, especially leaves.

6. The whiter the bread, the sooner you’ll be dead.

7. Stop eating before you’re full.

8. Eat when you are hungry, not when you are bored. If you’re not hungry enough to eat an apple, then you’re not hungry.

9. Don’t get your fuel from the same place your car does.

10. Do all your eating at a table.

11. Leave something on your plate.

12. Break the rules once in a while. “All things in moderation. Including moderation.”

2 Responses to “Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan”

  1. Michael Therieau (@Pav1ov) March 16, 2012 at 10:19 am #

    Stay to the outside of la mercado…where the fresh produce, seafood, dairy, bakery etc….are.

    If your grandmother wouldn’t recognise the ingredient…put it back.

  2. Bren @ Flanboyant Eats™ March 23, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    I’m a fan of Pollan, but don’t totally agree that all food coming out of a window is NOT food. That’s pretty presumptuous. I guess if I get a salad or a grilled piece of chicken on a wheat bun (nothing more, nothing less), it’s not real food. That’s over the top. Most other “rules” are pretty on point and doable. May make this list and post it on my fridge… Just to be reminded! 😉

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