Saturday, January 30, 2010

Food Rules

Michael Pollan's latest book, Food Rules, is a very quik read, and refueled my interest in nutritional anthropology and making better choices about my food. Michael Pollan wrote The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food, both of which I recommend for everyone to read. He also contributed a great deal to Food Inc., one of the best food documentaries I've seen. For those of you smirking at the idea of comparing that to all the food documentaries I've seen, I would recommend the following: Supersize Me, Food Fight, King Corn, Fast Food Nation, and The Future of Food. I know this may seem so far out there, but I honestly believe that our food choices, how, where and what we eat, can be one of the biggest shifts that Americans can make in order to solve obesity, the health care and welfare crisis, and even the increasing problems children are having in school (ADHD, behavior problems, anxiety, and poor social and emotional coping skills, etc.)

Back to the book at hand, Pollan outlines very basic rules to follow that would accomplish all of these changes. But I will be the first to admit that food choice habits are so hard to break. Some of my favorite rules are:
#2 - Don't eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food.
#7 - Avoid food products containing ingredients that a third grader could not pronounce.
#13 - Eat only foods that will eventually rot.
#22 - Eat mostly plants, especially leaves.
#46 - Stop eating before you're full.
This continues on through 64 rules, each with a short explanation. This short book is a good compliment to his two longer texts which have the same general theme with much, much greater detail. I feel so strongly about this issue and I truly believe that changing what we eat can change our nation.

In related news, we just placed our seed order with Baker Creek Seeds and we have some big plans for the garden this year!

Ben is up to seven teeth, and he can stand on his own for a few seconds. He hasn't tried to take any steps yet, but he will walk all over the house on his own while pushing his train. Thanks to Tiffany for the cute monkey tags shirt!


  1. Ben is really growing! I agree with you 100% on the food choice issues. I know for sure that I feel the best when I'm eating super-clean, using many of those rules. However, it's SO hard to be perfect - and I certainly have been making too many imperfect choices over the past year and more. I do feel motivated when I read these things, so maybe I should pick Food Rules up. -Tammy

  2. I have to say I agree too...may not stick to the rules but I am trying that's for sure. Main reason for trying to get so involved in the Farmers Market and my garden. Also when I go to the store, I only shop the outside border, unless we need coffee or diapers lol. I hope you will post your garden ideas I would LOVE some inspiration. Have you ever been out to Bakers Creek? I am itching to go at least once in my life time. OH and Ben looks SO good...and the shirt is pretty darling on him too! Glad it fits.

  3. I just finished Animal, Vegetable, Miracle (which I think you had recommended once upon a time) I am in awe. Trying to make better food choices, planning the garden out and can't wait to get my hands on the new 5 min bread book. This has been a process for me over the last 3 years, but starting to get the hubs on board, he grew up with the Monsanto Mentality (spray, dust and spray some more chemicals)... I still haven't convinced him on the horrors of GMO's but it takes time. I think he enjoys antagonizing me when I start ranting. Can't wait to see your garden!

  4. We are fortunate to have a fantastic farmer's market on the town square in Ozark. I can't wait to share plans and pictures from our garden. Someday we may even grow enough to sell at the farmer's market.

    I did recommend Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. What an inspiration. I sometimes forget how lucky I am to have a husband that is equally passionate about making better food choices.

    Thanks for all the comments!

  5. In a couple of weeks I'll write up what I've been reading lately ... getting a new perspective on intestinal health, its relationship to all of health, our unavoidable toxic load, and benefits of detoxing. Fascinating. It just underscores the importance of choosing well what we put in our bodies. I miss our CSA! :)