When I first heard Michael Pollan speak on radio, I knew that his philosophy of food was something I had been in search of for a long time. His motto is "Eat food, not too much, mostly plants." And his book, “Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual,” provides easy-to-follow steps to support a simple, healthy and natural diet. This book is a must-read if your diet consists of fast-food, frozen meals and few vegetables. Here are my favorite five rules from his book:
- Avoid food products that have more than 5 ingredients
- Avoid food products containing ingredients that a third-grader cannot pronounce
- Shop the peripheries of the supermarket and stay out of the middle
- Treat treats as treats
- Eat animals that have themselves eaten well.
- Don’t go for long periods without eating – that way your body holds on to its fat reserves and your metabolism slows down.
- Don’t eliminate whole food groups – many diets, such as Atkins, Paleo etc., exclude certain food groups, in particular, carbohydrates. But every food group has its own function and benefits. The key is to have a balanced diet and to eat everything in moderation.
- Drink water – avoid sugary, caffeinated, and diet drinks.
- Feed your cravings – Pollan says himself “break the rules once in a while,” and when you really fancy something, go for it, otherwise, you will crave it even more and when you finally give in, you will indulge more!