I have finished Michael Pollan’s book called “Food Rules, an eater’s manual” in which – with a little dose of humor -, he created 64 rules that according to his investigations, will help any living being to eat better. His books are based on the American diet, which according to my point of view, is worse than other parts of the world, but a lot of points apply for every corner of the planet. Below are the list of his rules, some of them are more interesting than others, but they give us a good basis for a good reflection about what we are eating. Any complaint has to be taken up directly with the author. I just attach the list. OK
The 64 rules of “An Eater’s Manual”
1. Eat just “food”.
2. Do not eat anything that your great-great-grandmother would not recognize as food.
3. Avoid products that contain ingredients that any normal human being would not store in their pantry (Are you saying that this precooked product has cellulose and ammonia sulfate?).
4. Avoid products that have corn syrup with high fructose concentrate.
5. Avoid products that have any form of sugar or sweetener among its first ingredients.
6. Avoid products that contain more than 5 basic ingredients (nature never create food with a lot of ingredients).
7. Avoid products that have ingredients that an elementary child cannot pronounce. (eat simple!)
8. Avoid all products that are advertised as “wonderful” for your health (basically there are just marketing campaigns with no substance behind the statement).
9. Avoid everything that has the adjectives “light”, “non fat”, etc. They have more chemical manipulation than their normal counterparts.
10. Avoid products that pretend to be what they are not (Are you saying that margarine is like butter?).
11. Avoid almost anything that is sold as food in television (this one is good…)
12. Buy products that are placed on the peripheral shelves of supermarkets and avoid the ones that are in the center (that is the place for products that the big companies are more interested on selling).
13. Consume food that sooner or later have a natural decomposition process (there is anything natural in products that last months and months …)
14. Eat products that you can imagine in its natural state (if you are not able to imagine something coming out of a tree, orchard, animal or plant, do not eat it).
15. Avoid the supermarket whenever you can or try to find local food produced there.
16. Buy your products from the most original and primary source that you can.
17. Consume food that has been prepared just by humans.
18. Do not eat food in places where those who prepare the food have to use gloves, glasses and protective masks.
19. If it comes from a plant, eat it. If it has done in a plant (industrial) don’t do it.
20. It is not food if it gets through the window of your car (to a good understanding…)
21. It is not food if it is called the same in any part of the world.
22. Eat plants and leaves a lot.
23. Treat food as something special.
24. “Eating what is sustained in one foot is better than what is sustained in two, and better what is sustained in four”. Chinese proverb.
25. Eat food with natural colors (this reflects a variety of different antioxidants that has naturally).
26. Drink the water of the spinaches. Popular saying (it means that the water and broth where the vegetables are cooked is full of nutrients).
27. Eat animals that have been fed natural and in a correct way.
28. Buy a freezer (to storage good food when you find it).
29. Eat like the omnivorous that you are.
30. Eat planted food in healthy soil (chemical-free as much as possible).
31. Eat food in the wild whenever you can.
32. Do not forget to eat fish, the smaller the better (less mercury y and other pollutants).
33. Eat food that has been pre-digested by bacteria or fungus (fermented products).
34. Prepare the seasonings for your food yourself if it’s possible and be the one that adds the sugar (all the prepared food has a lot of salt or sugar or both).
35. Eat sweet fruit just as you will find it in nature (pineapple in syrup?)
36. Do not eat for breakfast cereals that change the color of the milk.
37. “As more white is the bread, more quickly you will die”, other popular saying.
38. Use healthy oils, not refined.
39. Eat all the junk food that you want as long as you are the one who cooked it.
40. Be the kind of person that stops taking food supplements.
41. Eat more like the French, Japanese, Italian or greek people (and less like American).
42. Suspect everything that is “new” and doesn’t look like traditional food.
43. Drink a glass of wine with the food.
44. Pay more for the food and eat less (more quality and less quantity).
45. Eat even less.
46. Stop eating before feeling full.
47. Eat when you are hungry, not when you are bored.
48. Consult your stomach before eating that.
49. Eat slowly.
50. “The banquet starts with the first bite” (eat slow and enjoy your food).
51. Spend as much time enjoying food as the time you spent preparing it.
52. Buy smaller dishes and glasses.
53. Serve what you need or going to eat. Do not lose control over portions.
54. Have breakfast like a king, lunch like prince and supper as a beggar.
55. We repeat: eat just food.
56. Limit your “snacks” to unprocessed food.
57. “Don’t take your energy from the same place where your car takes it” (another one that doesn’t need words…)
58. Sit on a table to eat (eating standing up is not eating, eating on a chair surrounded by papers is not eating…)
59. Try to not eat alone.
60. Treat the special occasions related to food as special occasions (do not indulge yourself with “I will eat this just for today…”).
61. Always leave some small leftovers on the dish.
62. If you have the place to do it, plant something in your home and eat it.
63. Learn to cook.
64. Break the rules occasionally.