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Author Offers Tips to Eat Well, Simply

Michael Pollan's "Food Rules, an Eater's Manual" is a small but enormously enlightening guide to what should be a simple activity: eating healthfully. The book is an elegant distillation of topics covered in his earlier tome, "In Defense of Food," but it is notable in its forthright suggestions to readers and eaters. His seven-word premise is simple: "Eat food, not too much, mostly plants."

I thought it might be of interest to readers who are unacquainted with Pollan's work to share a few of my personal favorites from this invaluable book.

Rule 2: Don't eat anything your grandmother wouldn't recognize as food.

Rule 3: Avoid food products containing ingredients that no ordinary human would keep in the pantry.

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

Rule 18: Don't ingest foods made in places where everyone is required to wear a surgical cap.

Rule 20: It isn't food if it arrived through the window of your car.

Rule 57: Don't get your fuel from the same place your car does.

To read Pollan's edifying explanations of each rule, and to learn many others, ingest "Food Rules" from your library, iPad or bookstore.

What are some of your own food rules? I live by the creed, "Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper." Let me know here.

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