Food Rules – Micheal Pollan – A Wealth of REAL Information – Review

As my daughter is getting older, I feel it is really important for her to be informed about nutrition and making life long healthy choices. We are bombarded with various ideas from every direction and it can be really difficult to know what is true, what is not and what could go either way. Over the last few months I have been researching curricula , health programs, diet fads, benefits of various types of diets and have been lost among the shelves in libraries and book stores trying to find some way to help her wade through the plethora of alternatives.  A friend recommended that we look into books by Micheal Pollan, an author and journalist who set out on a very similar mission for himself.

When I went to the library in search of titles by Micheal Pollan, the only available on the shelf was this cute little paperback entitled Food Rules – An Eater’s Manual. I thumbed through quickly and thought, well this might be worth a glance. I couldn’t have been more right! It was exactly what I was looking for – a clear, concise, no funny stuff guide to what and how to eat in a healthy manner. There is no judgement or preaching and absolutely no expert propaganda from scientists, nutritionists or doctors.

The book is broken down into three sections – What should I eat?, What Kind of food should I eat? and How should I eat? – and within each there are concise rules to follow, some with short explanations – no more than two pages are allotted to each rule – and some so clear none is necessary. There are no tricky formulas or guides to with you wherever you go, just witty and easily memorable rules that almost make you say – “Well DUH!” – such as Rule 18 – “Don’t ingest foods made in places where everyone is required to wear a surgical cap” or Rule 3 “Avoid food products containing ingredients that no ordinary human would keep in the pantry.”

Pollan has truly written a manual for food lovers and I really appreciate that the rules are realistic and manageable. It doesn’t restrict anything 100% of the time -Rule 60 “Treat treats as treats.” – and gives plenty of wiggle room for many various lifestyle and dietary choices – Rule 41 “Eat more like the French. Or the Japanese. Or the Italians. Or the Greeks.”

This is definitely going on my top 10 must read list and will be in my #1 recommendation for anyone looking to wade through the jargon and gibberish that the areas of nutrition and healthy have become! I am also looking forward to delving into Pollan’s other books which include The Omnivore’s Dilemma: Young Readers Edition, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, and Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education.

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avatar About the Author: Gina is a home educating mom since 2007, when her daughter was in 5th grade and could no longer deal with the ridiculous public school system. You can find out more about their journey on their blog – Home Learning Family Going Sane - .

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