>Food Rules by Michael Pollan – a Little Book with Big Ideas


Food Rules by Michael Pollan is just little book. Just 139 pages, many of which are filled with only a couple of sentences. But it’s going to revolutionize the way we eat.

With this important little tome, Michael Pollan has debunked every fad diet book ever written. He’s laid out, in simple terms that a middle schooler can easily grasp, how we should be eating.

Pollan spent a couple of years researching nutrition for his previous book, the Omnivore’s Dilemma, winner of the James Beard award. His conclusion was simple:
Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly Plants.

In Food Rules, he expands upon this simplistic conclusion, with a set of 64 rules to live by. I read them in one sitting, nodding violently, and frequently poking my husband hard to make him read along with me. My food philosophy has always boiled down to, “Choose quality over quantity, food experience over mere calories.” Pollan vindicated what I’ve been preaching to my family and anyone who would listen my entire life. He merely used vast amounts of research and interviews to clearly and simply articulate my beliefs.

The rules are common sense.

  • Avoid food products that contain ingredients a third grader couldn’t pronounce.
  • Avoid food products with the wordoid “lite” or the terms “fat” and “non-fat” in their names.
  • Eat animals that have themselves eaten well.
  • Eat when you’re hungry, not when you are bored.
  • Eat your colors.

They’re nothing revolutionary. You’ve known them all along.

But backed with just the right statistics:

  • the average female is 19 pounds heavier than in the 70s when the low-fat craze began, 
  • it can take 20 minutes before your brain gets the message it is full, 
  • calories taken in liquid form are more fattening), 

and told in Pollan’s clear tone, you’ll never ignore them again.
This little book costs just $5 at Amazon. Buy it. Reserve it the library. Pass it on to your friends.

You’ll read this book in a few hours. And it will change you… the way you eat, and the way you live.

    2 Responses to >Food Rules by Michael Pollan – a Little Book with Big Ideas

    1. >I thought this was in Food Rules, but another of my favorites is never buy something your grandmother wouldn't recognize. So true!

    2. >I heard a great interview with Micheal Pollan talking about this book on On Point with Tom Ashbrook. It's a podcast from January 19th if you want to check it out. Afterwards, I ran out and bought the book. I thought it was good but my husband teased me calling it "the most obvious book ever written." LOL

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