Michael Pollan says everything he’s learned about food and health can be summed up in seven words: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”
Here are his 7 rules for eating:
Don’t eat anything your great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food. “When you pick up that box of portable yogurt tubes, or eating something with 15 ingredients you can’t pronounce, ask yourself, “What are those things doing there?” Pollan says
Don’t eat anything with more than 5 ingredients, or ingredients you can’t pronounce.
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.
Don’t eat anything that won’t eventually rot. “There are exceptions– honey– but as a rule, things like Twinkies that never go bad aren’t food,” Pollan says.
Its not just what you eat but how you eat. “Always leave the table a little hungry. Many cultures have rules that you stop eating before you are full. In Japan they say eat until you are 4/5th’s full. Islamic culture has a similar rule, and in German cultures they say, “Tie off the sack before its full.”
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.
Don’t buy food where you buy your gasoline. In the U.S. 20% of food is eating in the car!
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