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Food Rules

Recently, I picked up Michael Pollan’s Food Rulesfrom my library. It’s basically a condensed version of In Defense of Food…just the, “How then should I eat?” portion of the book.

It’s a super-easy, super-quick read.


For those of you that haven’t read In Defense of Food, Pollan says that one way we can be healthier is by eating real food, and this book is full of “rules” or guidelines to help you see what that might look like.

Here were a few of my favorites:


Avoid foods that are pretending to be something they’re not.

(Soy chicken nuggets would be an example of that.)


Eat only food that will eventually rot.


Don’t eat cereals that change the color of the milk.

(This one made me laugh!)


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

(Potato chips and french fries and doughnuts are such a pain to make, you would eat them only rarely if you always had to cook them yourself.)


Limit your snacks to unprocessed plant foods.



(So true. Cooking at home can do wonders for the healthfulness of a diet and it’s pretty difficult to maintain a healthy diet without spending time in the kitchen.)

Even if you’re already committed to healthful eating, this is a fun little book to read through, and if your inspiration to pursue healthy eating is lagging, Food Rules might give you a little kick in the pants. 😉

(Disclosure: I got this book from my library and am blogging about it of my own volition.)


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Estrella Azul

Tuesday 4th of June 2013

One can be eating healthy, and at one point read something like this and realize - there's so much that is logical, but I never thought about it. Such great advice, thank you for sharing!

Mrs. Waste Not

Tuesday 4th of June 2013

Can I use number #39 as justification to purchase an ice cream maker this summer?


Tuesday 4th of June 2013

Um, no. =P


Monday 3rd of June 2013

I haven't read Michael Pollan's books, but we adhere to Dr. Cate Shannahan's "Food Rules" book (except that I don't eat grains with the rest of the family). She has very good, common sense rules for real, whole food which minimizes toxins and inflammatory agents. I'm guessing that many of her rules overlap with Pollan's except that grass fed meat, wild caught fish, and raw, pastured dairy are encouraged.

maria @ MeInTheKitchen

Monday 3rd of June 2013

I have yet to read any of this books. I've seen a documentary and a few interview he has done. I have him on my reading list, other books somehow seem to jump in front of him. My family follows a lot of the rules he talks about. Eat more whole foods and less process crap

Live and Learn

Monday 3rd of June 2013

I have wanted to read this book, but it is always checked out. Thanks for the summary. The rule that helps me the most is fixing your junk food at home. I love my sweets and this helps cut back on them, because I don't like to cook that much.

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