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Food RULZ.

by caroline

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be difficult.

In fact, the rules are rather simple. At least, that’s the method to the eat-good-food madness behind Michael Pollan’s Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual.

The truth is, we put way too much thought into what we should be eating, when we should be eating it and how much we are supposed to eat, only to end up feeling guilty when we don’t meet these ridiculously high standards.

Pollan says it’s really not that complicated. Promise.

I love this book because, while I like health books that really lay out the details for me, I thoroughly appreciate how simply Pollan breaks down the very basic rules of healthy eating. A few of my favorites:

  1. It’s not food if it arrived through the window of your car.
  2. Shop the peripheries of the supermarket and stay out of the middle.
  3. Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.
  4. “The banquet is in the first bite.”

The first one is obvious (it just can’t be good, right?), but I especially love the second one because it points out something that, perhaps, you never thought of when shopping. In the average grocery store, the good stuff is found on the outskirts of the store — veggies, fruits, lean meats, dairy products, etc. The aisles contain the foods from which we should try to steer clear — packaged junk food, candy, chips, soda and more. Sure, there’s some good stuff in there too, but the healthy options are few and far between. I can honestly say I stick to this rule for the most part when I shop, and I can definitely tell the difference in my cart.

LOVE rule #3! As Pollan points out, what would your great-grandmother think of Go-GURT Portable Yogurt Tubes — “Is it food or toothpaste?” If Gram wouldn’t put it in the fridge, then chances are you shouldn’t either.

Rule #4 is plain and simple: No other bite tastes as good as the first — enjoy it, eat slowly and stop munching sooner than you typically do. Not only will you enjoy your food more, but you’ll save calories.

Sure, there are exceptions to every rule. But I love how simply Pollan breaks down his theories behind basic healthy eating and makes them adaptable for the average person. I constantly pick up this book to remind myself of these principles. The bonus? It’s an easy read and fits easily into your purse or bag (it’s only 5-1/2 inches high x 4 inches wide)!

Tell me: What’s your favorite healthy eating rule?