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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Food Rules: An Eater's Manual by Michael Pollen

The Husband's work is really health conscience and puts a lot of thought into what they serve their employees. Recently he came home with a copy of Michael Pollen's food rules, which I've been wanting to read.

The book is literally what the title says, rules for eating food. It contains 64 rules in all and I love that the last rule is "Break the rules every once in awhile"! (Not everyday, mind you) Last April I attended a conference that Jorge Cruise held to introduce the Belly Fat Cure Fast Track and he had a Dr. there that said some of our foods more closely resembled plastic, than actual food. That really hit home with me when I thought about. Since starting on Jorge's plan I have been much more conscience about the quality of my family's food. At first it was Sugar/Carbs/Sugar/Carbs, but then it was more.

Food Rules is a great way to concentrate on real, healthy food for your family without having to know any of the science behind it. Rules like "If it came from a Plant eat it. If was made in a Plant don't" or "if a 3rd grader can't read the list of ingredients, don't eat it". Really good, simple advice. Since I have a 3rd grader, my kids got a kick out of this one! They weren't as happy about the rule that said to not eat cereal that changes the color of the milk though. Sure, a lot of it is just common sense. But we could all use a good plainspoken reminder sometimes.

Michael Pollen is also the author of The Omnivores Dilemma and In Defense of Food, which are also on my reading list. You can pick up Food Rules at Amazon for as little as $3 which a great for a useful reminder about how we should be fueling our bodies.food rules



  1. So true, Amber, just simple and easy to understand! I'm so much more conscious about my food choices now too! Hope everything is going good for you, i'm down to 166 from 208 and tried on a comfortable sz. 10 the other day!!!! I wouldn't be here without you, so always remember that!

  2. Thanks Amber - those are good rules to eat by. Make it simple. Guess what? I fit into a size 10 today!! Woo HOO I can't believe it!
    Have a great day :-)

  3. Thanks for sharing! I will have to look into that rules book...sounds interesting. :)

    Thank you for everything you do to help us thru your blog!! :)

  4. I have to say after following the BFC plan I am more conscious of what I put in my mouth. I will have to check that book out. Thanks for sharing with us!

  5. It is common sense rules.

  6. Amber, Do you know why the link for pre-purchasing Fast Track doesn't work for Amazon? I can't find a way to pre-order it at all. Thank you so much for your blog!! You are such a help!

  7. Amber - Have not heard from you in quite awhile.
    Is everything OK? Or is life just crazy right now?
    So far so good on the plan - its been almost a year for me, so its a lifestyle now.