Food Rules to Live By

Michael Pollan, one of the most inspirational and wise people I have come across, published an article a couple weeks ago in the New York Times titled, “Rules to Eat By”.

The article discusses the difficulty we face every time we go to the super market and make our food decisions. Deciding what to eat, and what is even “food” is not as easy as it used to be. Here are some highlights from the article:

“When Froot Loops can earn a Smart Choices check mark, a new industrywide label that indicates a product’s supposed healthfulness, we know we can’t rely on the marketers, with their dubious health claims, or for that matter on the academic nutritionists who collaborate on such labeling schemes.”

This is so true and so important for people to remember. Don’t just trust what is in big, flashy, bold writing on the box. Take the time to read ingredients, or avoid the box or bag all together.

“If we can’t rely on the marketers or the government or even the nutritionists to guide us through the supermarket woods, then who can we rely on? Well, ask yourself another question: How did humans manage to choose foods and stay healthy before there were nutrition experts and food pyramids or breakfast cereals promising to improve your child’s focus or restaurant portions bigger than your head? We relied on culture. All of us carry around rules of thumb about eating that have been passed down in our families or plucked from the cultural conversation.”

Pollan made a call for food rules from the everyday eater, not nutritionist or scientists, and gathered examples of these rules, or personal food policies, for a short book he will be publishing in January. Some of Pollan’s favorites were featured in the article, and these are some that stuck out to me.

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The number one food rule I live by everyday is, “You put good stuff in, you get good stuff out.” This rule applies to what I choose to eat and buy at the supemarket as well as my cooking style. I know that if I fuel my body with the quality foods it needs, I will get the best performance out of my body and mind. I also know that if I throw delicious ingredients into a pot, the end result will also be delicious.

What are your food rules?


2 thoughts on “Food Rules to Live By

  1. Mish says:

    if it’s gonna make my stomach upset–even if it tastes good–it’s not worth it. — I wanna know where it came from– enjoy the food you’re eating, it’s not a race.

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