If you are looking for a book that offers no-nonsense, straightforward, sensible, trustworthy, non-gimmicky, clear-headed advice on healthy eating and is an enjoyable, easy read, you need look no farther than Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan.
The book was recommended by a cardiologist. In fact, it was his prescription, outside of getting myself up and moving on a regular basis. I went straight from the heart center at Centennial Hospital in Nashville to Borders Bookstore on my quest to find this cornucopia of common sense and simplicity in today’s often sadly dysfunctional relationship with food.
Heart – Humor – History
Pollan’s deep pocket-sized paperback published by Penguin Books is barely 140 pages. But those pages are as nutritionally rich in substance as the wild greens that populate the countryside throughout the Mediterranean region. Each morsel of advice makes its point with heart, humor, and often with historical references.
The book is comprised of sixty-four rules to follow when it comes to food. One of my favorites is: “It’s not food if it arrived through the window of your car.” Another gem is: “Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.” And then, there’s my personal favorite: “Have a glass of wine with dinner.”
This quick-fix, instant-gratification, bigger-is-bigger lifestyle that we tend to counter punch with the latest quick weight-loss, detox, colon-cleanse solutions is ultimately unhealthy. It keeps us bouncing between being out of sync and out of touch with what we really need to refresh, refuel, relax, recover, and rebound – naturally.
Healthy Habits + Wise Choices
This book is a wonderful, easy to follow guide for developing healthy shopping habits, making wise menu selections, and creating nutrition-rich recipes, while educating us on realistic portions. In fact, it’s suggested that we should get smaller plates and bowls so that we can get back to a life of moderation, with the occasional treat or two or more. Pollan says we can even break the rules from time to time as long as that time is not too often.
Culture + Spice + A Fuller Life
Pollan’s handy reference resource for knowing what’s good to eat incorporates the dietary wisdom of a variety of cultural traditions to add spice, flavor, and color to the many simple choices that can help us live a healthier, more enriching, fuller life.
This food-wise guide book is divided into three parts: What should I eat? (Eat food), What kind of food should I eat? (Mostly plants), and How should I eat? (Not too much). Each section gives you more than enough to chew on and digest in order to feel fully satisfied.
When not shopping at your local farmer’s market or harvesting your backyard or window box garden, Pollan’s Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual is the perfect handy pocket consultant for your trip to the grocery store.
Share Your Plate Full Of Grateful
In closing, I invite each and every one of you to buy this book and get a copy for someone you love. If you know anyone who fights heart disease, eating disorders, struggles with energy, self-esteem – but enough about me – seriously, get yourself a copy of Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual.
Buy one (or more) for a friend, and enjoy the good health and hopefully good fortune that will follow as you bring your very best to the pursuit of your success in singing, songwriting, music – the whole nine yards of life and beyond!