Tuesday, May 29, 2012

More Food Rules Wisdom -- Eat Up!!

Michael Pollan wrote Food Rules which is an awesome manual for how to eat in a healthy way!

He answers three questions.

WHAT should I EAT?  Eat food.

Here are 4 really effective and simple tips anyone can follow!


#39 Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself.

Years ago, in order to eat most sweet or salty treats, one had to work hard, for quite a while, to prepare such goodies.  Take chips/fries for example, ... think of all the peeling, slicing, frying, and clean-up required.  Today, chips, fancy cakes, and more, are very readily available, and cheap!

by Maira Kalman

So, the rule here is that if you want some French fries, ice cream , or pie, just make it yourself!  More than likely, this won't be a daily occurrence.  However, if you're a professional baker, this rule might not be the best for you!

HOW should I EAT?

#46 Stop eating before you are full.

Lots of other cultures do this regularly.  In fact, many cultures even have names for it!  ...including Chinese, Japanese, Ayurvedic traditions, and more!  Think of it the way the French do, ask yourself "Is my hunger gone?"  It's a different way of thinking that many of us are used to; still, it can certainly help!

by Maira Kalman

#49 Eat slowly.  ..."Drink your food, chew your drink." -- Indian proverb.  "Put down your fork between bites."

Eat slowly of course needs no explanation.  Let me expand on the above Indian proverb.  Drinking your food means to chew until it's liquid, and chewing your drink means to swish it around in your mouth to really taste it.

#50 "The banquet is in the first bite."

The first bite we take tastes the best, and the last tastes the worst.  So enjoy that FIRST bite!!  As I always say ... SAVOR!

#60 Treat treats as treats.

As an extension of #39, a quote from the book under this rule: in the past..."The amount of work involved kept indulgences in check."  Having "treats" on special occasions is a great pleasure in life, just be sure that every day is not a special occasion for our purposes here!

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