Michael Pollan, the popular author of the Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food, has another book out which may prove even more popular.  Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual is a short, easy read — some pages have just one sentence in large print and there’s lot of white space.  And if that’s not easy enough, he’s further simplified his 64 rules into 3 main parts which anyone can remember.

  • Part I – What should I eat?  (Eat food).
  • Part II – What kind of food should I eat?  (Mostly plants.)
  • Part III – How should I eat? (Not too much.)

Some rules are cute, such as # 7,  “Avoid food products containing ingredients that a third-grader cannot pronounce.”  Others are familiar standbys, such as #25, “Eat your colors.”  Still others, such as #46, “Stop eating before you are full”  are not only practical but have been proven effective in several cultures.  Do yourself a favor and read this book.  Even if you don’t need to diet or lose weight, it will encourage you to keep developing those healthy eating habits.   After all, as he mentions in his very last rule (and my favorite) it’s okay to “Break the rules once in a while!”  Bon appetit!

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