Information on Healthy Eating from the Blue Ridge Institute for Medical Research

The following tips on healthy eating were taken from Michael Pollan's book entitled Food Rules: An Eaters Manual (ISBN 978-0-14-311638-7). This book contains 64 rules for avoiding a so-called Western diet (a diet consisting of abundant processed foods, meat, and refined grains with added fats, sugar, and salt). The Western diet consists of  lots of everything except vegetables, fruits, and whole grains). A dozen of his rules are listed below. His overall summary is given in just seven words: Eat food. Not too much. Mostly Plants. 

Here are some of his other rules, or personal policies. 

1. Eat mostly plants, especially leaves.  

2. If it came from a plant, eat it; if it was made in a plant, don't.

3. Eating what stands on one leg [mushrooms and plant foods] is better than eating what stands on two legs [fowl], which is better than eating what stands on four legs [cows, pigs, and other mammals]. 

4. Sweeten and salt your food yourself. (Avoid canned foods that contain excess salt and/or sugar). 

5. Eat when you're hungry, not when you're bored. 

6. Eat slowly. 

7. Avoid food products containing ingredients that a third-grader cannot pronounce.

8. Avoid foods you see advertised on television. 

9. Don't get your fuel (food) from the same place your car does. 

10. Don't eat breakfast cereals that change the color of the milk. 

11. Treat treats as treats. Some people follow the so-called S policy, "no snacks, no seconds, no sweets - except on days that begin with the letter S. 

12. And finally, Break the rules (personal policies) once in a while. 

Created 8 February 2010