Michael Pollan’s Top 14 Food Rules to Healthy Eating

Michael Pollan’s Top 14 Food Rules to Healthy Eating

Food Rules by Michael Pollan
Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual
by Michael Pollan
Pub. Date: 12/29/09, Penguin
139 Pages

Success Rating:3
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Why I Read this Book: Michael Pollan’s last book was the best I’ve come across regarding what should be put in one’s body. This is a fantastic companion.


I’ve been dying for Food Rules to come out ever since seeing Michael Pollan speak on his campus at UC Berkeley late last year. He’s an incredible writer, knows how to tell a joke, and as it turns out, has become one of the more informative experts on what to put in your body…possibly ever. Simply because he’s a great journalist. Funny the way the road can go. Journalist one day. Local Food Movement and health expert the next. His last book, In Defense of Food, is the best book I’ve come across regarding what to put into your body (and what not to). Food Rules is a great follow on companion. 64 simple (and entertaining) rules to keep you out of trouble at the dinner table and in your current pant size (or smaller).

Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants. That’s what it comes down to.

I’ve chosen what I found to be the 14 most all-encompassing and useful rules from the book. 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. Eat animals that have themselves eaten well.

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

8. Have a glass of wine with dinner.

9. Stop eating before you’re full.

10. 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.

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

12. Do all your eating at a table.

13. Leave something on your plate.

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

Amazing how much a few simple rules can change your life, energy and body. Given that success comes form within, what a perfect place to start. Bon appetit.
What rules guide your eating habits? Which do you care to share? Which would you prefer to drop? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

~Reading for Your Success

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