Finished! In Defense of Food

In Defense of Food coverI decided I needed to reread this to remind me to eat better. It is working really well. The way he goes into detail about how the government has messed with things and thus our diets as well.
The rules are really useful in guiding one’s diet. I’m finding I’m sticking to them pretty well in regards to groceries, but I’m eating out way too much. I need to work on having more healthy meals that can be prepared quickly.
When I first read this book I put two long, detailed posts about it over on The Green Geek (post 1 and post 2). If you haven’t read it, definitely read it. Everyone should read this book. I just hope that enough people learn from it and change their diets for the better, thus making it more affordable for everyone to.

The Rules

Eat Food
-Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother (or older) wouldn’t recognize as food.
-Avoid food products containing ingredients that are a)unfamiliar, b)unpronounceable, c)more than five in number, or that include d)high-fructose corn syrup.
-Avoid food products that make health claims.
Shop the peripheries of the supermarket and stay out of the middle.
-Get out of the supermarket whenever possible.
Mostly Plants
-eat mostly plants, especially leaves.
-You are what you eat eats too.
-If you have the space, buy a freezer.
-Eat like an omnivore.
-Eat well-grown food from healthy soils.
-Eat wild foods when you can.
-Be the kind of person who takes supplements.
-Eat more like the French. Or the Italians. Or the Japanese. Or the Indians. Or the Greeks.
-Regard nontraditional foods with skepticism.
-Don’t look for the magic bullet in the traditional diet.
-Have a glass of wine with dinner.
Not Too Much
-Pay more, eat less.
-Eat meals.
-Do all your eating at a table.
-Don’t get your fuel from the same place your car does.
-Try not to eat alone.
-Consult your gut.
-Eat slowly.
-Cook and, if you can, plant a garden.

He goes into wonderful detail on each of these and it really helps you to figure out how you can change your diet for the better. Wonderful book!


In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan
Rating: 5 stars
SBC: Read a non-fiction book that isn’t a biography or memoir


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