Rules to Eat By

In the spirit of healthy living that doesn't involve crazy fad diets or shakes with stuff that no one really should put in a blender, I recently read "Food Rules" by Michael Pollan. A good, brief book with tips to grocery shop and eat by.

The guiding principle: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

It's full of short simple rules that can guide your grocery cart, preferably on the peripheral aisles of the store, where the fruit and vegetables, fresh meat and fish, dairy and cheese are found. I also enjoyed the advice that you shouldn't buy anything in the grocery store that your great grandmother wouldn't recognize... like "Go-gurts." (Although "Nut Thins" probably also fall into this category.) Also a "no" on cereal that will turn your milk a different color.

It might inspire me to read Pollan's longer book, "In Defense of Food." Or maybe "The Omnivore's Dilemma."

I tried watching his documentary, "Food, Inc." the other week, but got conflicted mid-way through. I like meat and chicken, but it's not easy to see what its delivery to market has devolved to over the years. Let's just say that I'm eager for the arrival of a farmer's market in our neighborhood this summer. I'm hopeful a poultry farmer might be there. One who allows his chickens a window or two.

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