Friday, December 9, 2011

Healthy Gifts this Christmas!

I finally finished my Christmas shopping today and for the first time, books were all I got! I figured that clothes and gadgets sure can be fun, but books help us grow. Some of the books I got were about healthy eating for children, simple ways to cook healthier meals, baking your own cookies this Christmas as well as planning nutritious vegetarian meals! From all these, my favorite book was "Food Rules: An Eater's Manual" for Micheal Pollan - even snowy the snowman loved it, obviously!

When it comes to nutrition and food science, we hear many scientific terms that may seem unfamiliar and complicated to us; however, this book makes food and nutrition the easiest topic! Micheal Pollan divided the book into 3 sections: What should I eat, what kind of food should I eat and how should I eat? Now the food rules are simply listed from 1 to 64, with one rule on each page - quick, useful, witty and best of all, easy to retain! Pollan made it easier for us to see nutrition from a practical side and formulated his rules in a way that will certainly ring a bell long after we've read them!

Here are few rules that I loved
Rule # 2 - Don't eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food.
Rule # 13 - Eat foods that will eventually rot!
Rule # 20 - It is not food if it arrived through the window of your car.
Rule # 24 - Eating what stands on one leg (mushroom and plants) is better than eating what stands on two legs (fowl), which is better than eating what stands on four legs (cows, pigs, mammals)
Rule # 36 - Don't eat breakfast cereals that change the color of the milk!
Rule # 37- The whiter the bread, the sooner you'll be dead.
Rule # 57 - Don't get your fuel from the same place your car does.

The rules are simple and super smart! And retaining just 5 rules out of the 64 then adopting them is life changing itself. After all, having a healthier lifestyle can be achieved one step 'food rule' at a time. So get healthy useful books this Christmas - not necessarily Pollan's. Just make sure to make the best (and healthiest) out of your Christmas gifts this year!


  1. hmmmmm i missed that book!!! Thanks for mentioning it ! Perhaps i ll give it a read next time.!
    Besides , the rules are simple and realistic.
    Not that far-reached! :D

  2. U keep on impressing me ya benet

  3. heyyy Paty....loved the article... bt as Loulwa said the rules arent easily reached!! particularly Rule 37 which sounds really sad :((thnk u 4 making me expect my death sooner!!:P

  4. I did not read the book but the rules you mentioned are real and they once were very achievable. rule 37 is the easiest and all of our granmothers iused to have whole breads. actually all the rules are real and simple. but nowadsys, they seem hard to achieve and impossible beause of the times we are living in., this is why we must fight this fast era and stick to real food and real living not highway living

  5. Very interesting post Paty and really good tips! :)
    The book can be found in all Librairie Antoine branches and online