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Michael Pollan’s rules to eat by

Posted Jan 19 2010 12:00am

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“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” That was the mantra Michael Pollan set for eco-conscious eaters across the country in his 2008 book, In Defense of Food. Now, the author and food activist has a new book out with a whole host of tips and guidelines to help Americans make choices that are both healthier and better for the planet. Meet Food Rules.

In an effort to simplify the message of his previous books, Pollan sought eating advice from doctors, scientists, chefs, and readers, plus thought about his own personal approach towards food—then put them in everyday language. The end product? 64 rules to eat by that are smart, sensible, and approachable. Here are a few I particularly like:

  • #19. If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t.
  • #36. Don’t eat breakfast cereals that change the color of the milk.
  • #47. Eat when you are hungry, not when you are bored.
  • #58. Do all your eating at the table.
  • #64. Break all the rules once in a while.

The basic message is one I love: Most of the time, eat whole, healthy foods. Once in a while, give yourself a break. And whatever you choose to eat, take the time to enjoy it.

If you’ve read the book, what are your thoughts? Does your family have any food rules?

-Marygrace, KIWI staff writer

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