Food Rules – An Eaters Manual:

by Carole Bourne

“Eating what stands on one leg (mushrooms and plant foods) is better than eating what stands on two legs (chicken), which is better than eating what stands on four legs (cows, pigs and other mammals”  Chinese Proverb.

Michael Pollan bestselling author of five books including  “In Defense of Food”  and  The Omnivore’s Dilemma” (named one of the top 10 books of the year by New York Times)  has an another awesome book called “Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual“.  My book of the month.  There are 65 rules in all, one page per rule, most with a brief explanation.

So, if you are confused about how and what to eat,  “Food Rules” simplifies it all for you.  No lengthy explanations or confusing contradicting facts.  Just 65 rules.  Simple and straight to the point. I love it.

I find this book very much aligned to the new food movement that I’ve mentioned before “Eat close to the source”  – the more ingredients, artificial additives, more processing and unhealthy cooking methods involved, the further away you are from the original food source and the less healthy and nutritious.

There are 3 parts to this book.  Part 1 – What should I eat? (food) – Part 2 What kind of food should I eat? (mostly plants)Part 3 How should I eat? (not too much).

You might also be pleased to know that Michael encourages you to break the rules once in a while – afterall obsessing over food rules is bad for your happiness and health.

To give you a taste of his book, I’ve shared 12 of my favourite rules although I could have easily shared more with you.  Enjoy, and please let me know what you think.


12 of my favourite food rules:


# Rule 11 – Avoid food you see advertised on television

# Rule 13 – Eat only foods that will eventually rot

# Rule 15 – Get out of the supermarket whenever you can

# Rule 17 – Eat only foods that have been cooked by humans

#Rule 25 – Eat your colours

#Rule 27 – Eat animals that have themselves eaten well

# Rule 30 – Eat well-grown food from healthy soil – go organic as much as you can

# Rule 35 – Eat sweet food as you would find it in nature – Eat fruit

# Rule 36 – Don’t eat breakfast cereals that change the colour of the milk

# Rule 37 –  The whiter the bread, the sooner you’ll be dead

#Rule 38 – Favour the kinds of oils and grains that have traditionally been stone-ground

# Rule 46 –  Stop eating before you’re full

# Rule 57 – Do all your eating at a table

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Recent book recommendations:

Restful Yoga for Stressful Times by Judith Lassater

Chakra Foods for Optimum Health by Dr. Deanna Minich

Light on Life by B.K.S Iyengar

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