7 Words And 7 Rules For Smart Eating For Life


Michael Pollan (food journalist) says everything he’s learned about food and health can be summed up in seven words: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”

Here’s how to put these 7 words into practice:

1. Don’t eat anything your great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food. “When you pick up that box of portable yogurt tubes, or eat something with 15 ingredients you can’t pronounce, ask yourself, “What are those things doing there?” Pollan says.

2. Don’t eat anything with more than five ingredients, or ingredients you can’t pronounce.

3. I really love this tip – Stay out of the middle of the supermarket; shop on the perimeter of the store. Real food tends to be on the outer edge of the store near the loading docks, where it can be replaced with fresh foods when it goes bad.

4.  Don’t eat anything that won’t eventually rot. “There are exceptions such as honey but as a rule, things like biscuits or Twinkies that never go bad aren’t food,” Pollan says.

5. This is a tip I have been putting into practice myself over the past few weeks …. It is not just what you eat but how you eat. “Always leave the table a little hungry,” Pollan says. “Many cultures have rules that you stop eating before you are full. In Japan, they say eat until you are four-fifths full. In German culture they say, ‘Tie off the sack before it’s full.'”

6. Families traditionally ate together, around a table and not a TV, at regular meal times. It’s a good tradition. Enjoy meals with the people you love. “Remember when eating between meals felt wrong?” Pollan asks. I also try to eat at a table without the television on and when there is a bunch of flowers or a flower on the table, it is as if the food tastes even better! 

7. Don’t buy food where you buy your fuel. Real food choices are often limited here anyhow!

These tips are from Michael Pollan (www.michaelpollan.com).


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