Rules to live by
For those that haven’t checked out the main resource of my personal challenge, I highly recommend Michael Pollan’s Food Rules. It’s the best $11 you’ll spend this week. I will confess I have not read Pollan’s previous books, (I will once I finish grad school!) but this version, as he explains in the Introduction, is a pared down summary of what he has learned and what can be used as basic guidelines for clean & healthy eating. Those break down into three basic sections: Eat Food, Not Too Much, Mostly Plants. Living by that short motto alone will go a long way.
Basically this is what I’m trying to do, some of it is impossible given my schedule, budget, and living situation, but, overall I’m keeping these rules in mind as I grocery shop.
Some of the rules are pretty funny- “Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.” I’m pretty sure they didn’t have Cheez-its back in Sicily. Darn.
“Avoid food products containing ingredients that a third grader cannot pronounce.” Looks like I’ll be borrowing my half-brothers to take to the grocery store (they’re 6, that’s close enough.) This what made me decide to ditch the cereal bars I had (a popularly advertised brand of healthy and all-natural bars) I’m pretty sure my lil’ bros would have a hard time with that ingredient list.
The Honey Nut Cheerios were out too. Another rule: “Avoid foods you see advertised on TV.” So sad.
And if I want a snack, I’m going to have to make it myself. For example, yes I could buy hommus that’s organic and all natural, but there are still things on that ingredient list that a normal person wouldn’t have in their cupboard (Rule 3).
After Lent this will no longer be the focus of the blog, but I hope to incorporate much of what I’ve learned and use that in my day to day life. Otherwise, this is mostly a forum for me to share my cooking mishaps, and hopefully a few successes along the way.