March 23, 2010

Inspiration of the Week: FOOD RULES

This is it, people!

Read it.
Live it.
Follow it.

I didn't even go to the library for this one.
Yes, I spent the big bucks.
($5 on Amazon)
It's worth it.

I first was introduced to this MUST HAVE book on an episode of Oprah.

I was mesmerized by what this guy was saying.

I want to encourage all of you in blog-land to read this small book.
If you are at all interested in health,
what you put in your body

or living to last

you will want to take a look at this little gem of a book.

The premise?

7 little words

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly Plants.

That's it.

In our Western Society we dominate in
type 2 diabetes
cardiovascular disease

All of these are controlled by what we put in our mouths.
Am I on a soap box?
You bet.
Give me a sec and I'll finish up.

Here are some of my favorite "rules" to live by,
according to Michael Pollan:

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

6. Avoid food products that contain more than five ingredients.

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

13. Eat only foods that will eventually rot.

16. Buy your snacks at the farmers' market.

36. Don't eat breakfast cereals that change the color of the milk.

39. Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself.

43. Have a glass of wine with dinner.

63. Cook.

64. Break the rules once in a while.

OK, I'm almost off that soap box now.

Living a simple, balanced life involves:

Exercising regularly (*see this previous post) and

Eating well.

It's important for us to live that simple life we strive for...

in style, of course.

Who's with me on this one?


  1. Wendy I have read Pollan's other book: Omnivores Dilemna, totally changed how I shop. I have always nourished my family with healthy food, but didn't realize that many of the things I thought were healthy, truly were not. I have never budgeted for food, we eat good wholesome dinners, seldom from a box, mostly homemade. I always think about how active our family is and that they need great food to replenish. Also, a propos to a huge topic today, Pollan notes how much the scales have tipped from increased spending on health care while decreasing spending on food. It only makes sense for it to be the other way around!

  2. Well said, my friend. I know how good your family eats and how well thought out your meals are. I strive to do that. Unfortunately, my meals occasional involved taking pizza from a box and sticking it into an oven. I am getting better though. The book has done good things for my family and shopping style. Simple living...I'm trying to remember that.
    Want to take a look at his other books...there are several.

  3. We are definitely not perfect and I try not to be rigid. We do break the rules, once in a while.