Are you tired of miracle diets and nutritional fads? Do you feel sometimes overwhelmed, as I do, with seeing constantly many people eating healthy on the social networks and having super healthy habits?
Don’t you think that there is confusion about the nutritional issues? Many times the food we thought were bad for us, and then turn out to be good. Or am I the only one I feel lost and I do not really know what should and should not eat?
I keep seeing around tips and advices and promises and new diets and new blogs and new coach nutritionists that make me feel a little bit crazy… And I’m not gonna lie, I’m really interested in healthy food, and also on trends as slow living or slow food, and of course on food philosophies like km0, seasonal products consumption… But I also believe that so many times the approaching to healthy habits and healthy living is overly optimistic, unrealistic, and even exaggerated most of the times.
As I mention in the ebook “La Felicidad reside en lo cotidiano” (only Spanish version) that I gift to the blog’s new subscribers (you can download it here), not everyone is so strict with food and they don’t need to eat a strict diet. In fact I believe that force us to take a strict diet can cause us the opposite effect, don’t you think so?
I do not know if it is also your case, but I occasionally need to give myself a treat.
However, although I do not believe on superfoods or specific diets, I like to have a healthy routine. But instead of following a such-and-such diet I prefer to be healthy including healthy habits in my daily routine.
In fact, I hate pre cooked food, and I totally disagree with the American way of living and Western diet based on fast food and the big menus. I am convinced that this kind of diet includes high levels of saturated fats; added sugars, large amounts of animal protein instead of small intakes of fruit and vegetables… and I think we currently consume much food as our body needs.
Besides, I am a big fan of researching on lifestyles and food trends, and I am always reading something related with food like cookbooks or books on topics such as food and history or food and sociology…
And that’s what I want to talk today introducing the latest book that has fallen into my hands: “Food Rules” by Michael Pollan.
In my opinion, it is a realistic eater’s manual that helps you to eat well in a clear and simple way. A publication that gives you ideas and advises and makes you think as it entertains you. For me equally interesting are books as “The Simple Food” by Alice Waters (which I introduced you on this post ) or “Third Plate” by Dan Barber (which I hope to talk at some point on the blog), among many others.
Books where you will find realistic and really valuable content, as the Michael Pollan’s 83 rules offered in “Food Rules” Book. I bought the Illustrated edition , with illustrations by Maira Kalman , and this is really cool.
In fact, the reason of Michael Pollan started to write this book was because after reading and researching several science and nutritionist books and theories he realized “there are other sources of wisdom in the world and other vocabularies in which to talk intelligently about food”.
“Human beings ate well and kept themselves healthy for millennia before nutritional science came along to tell us how to do it; it is entirely possible to eat healthily without knowing what an antioxidant is”.
So he started to collect, with a good dose of humour, the 83 rules that considered basic and essential to help us to eat well and get a healthier relationship with food. Tips (or rules) from the popular culture, mothers and grandmothers advises, diverse traditions and ordinary and common people (He published a website through which you could send “rules”) but also anthropologists, sociologists and even nutritionists.
Through these 83 rules, with its corresponding brief explanation and description, Michael Pollan offers an interesting overview and collect both simple and even obvious as clever ideas like “Don’t eat anything your great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food”, “Avoid food products that contain more than five ingredients”, “Get out of the Supermarket whenever you can”, “Eat mostly plants”, “Pay more, eat less” or “Treat treats as treats”, “Do all your eating at a table” because “a desk is not a table”…
Because eating well and healthy is not such as complicated as it seems in the sophisticated world of nutritionists, experts, doctors and food scientists. And if you do not believe me, take a look at “Food Rules”.