Your Quest to Nutritional Excellence Starts with this Book Review

imageIt’s time to start eatin’ healthy.

Michael Pollan’s ‘Food Rules’ is a nutrition book for the BuzzFeed generation.  Assembled using a series of 64 “Rules,” and broken down into three sections: “What should I eat?,””What kind of food should I eat?,” and “How should I eat?,” Pollan backs up some of what he says with science, and the rest relies on your blind faith of grandma-like adages.  Personally, I have a wizard-like grandma, and if she spits some knowledge at me, I’m running with it.

If you’re just starting to take your health seriously, then I highly recommend this pithy passaged guidebook.

Here’s a preview into Food Rules:

One of my favorite passage headlines:
Avoid foods that are pretending to be something they are not.”

Mind-blowing statistic:
“There are scores of studies demonstrating that a diet rich in vegetables and fruits reduces the risk of dying from all the Western disease; in countries where people eat a pound or more of vegetables and fruits a day, the rate of cancer is half what it is in the United States.”

The one-liner I support the most:
“There is no such thing as a healthy soda.”

AND…

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My personal favorite line, “Don’t take the silence of the yams as a sign they have nothing valuable to say about your health.”(I truly hope you understand this double reference…for the sake of our friendship).

…On the other end, if you’re a nutritional baller, then most of this book will be common sense to you.

In order to do Food Rules justice, I want to reinforce a couple of the tips that I’ve lived by for quite some time:

1. Get rid of soda…completely. I haven’t had a full glass of soda since sophomore year of high school, and I can’t say I miss it one bit. Just do a little reading about how terrible it is for you and our nation as a whole. Do away with it for a month and I swear it’ll taste disgusting going forward.

2. Bye, bye white bread. It’s essentially white glucose (sugar), that confuses your digestive system and acts as permanent glue that attracts fat attempting to move through your body.

3.Reward yourself.  If you do get serious about your diet. A cheeseburger, or some ice cream is good for your well-being, and can actually, scientifically benefit you in the long run. (Given you’re doing everything else right)

Buy Michael’s book here: Food Rules – An Eater’s Manual

Ahhh, Nom nom nom,

Nick

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