30 simple rules to eat by

12 Jan 2018
food banquet crop drop

Michael Pollan's famous advice for a good diet;

Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly Plants.

is so basic it can seem a bit patronizing but what if it could be that simple?

At Crop Drop, almost all of us, staff and volunteers, were on some kind of diet last week – hormone cleanse, sugar-free, juice diet, fasting diet, to name a few. It did make me wonder if diets are really worth it. I read somewhere that the diet industry is worth $60+ billion but has a 95% failure rate.

I definatey feel better for keeping myself off the coffee, sugar, wine, bread and chocolate last week, but life isn't worth living without those things - i guess it's all about balance and establishing good habits that will last all year round.

One thing we all have in common at Crop Drop that helps with the healthy habits is we all get a big bag of organic seasonal fruit & veg every week that we have to eat! Thats' a great starting point.

Wendy, our veg scheme co-ordinator, very smugly pointed out that she never diets and just eats what she wants. It just so happens that what she likes is also really healthy - colourful salads and hearty soups are her speciality! Her no-nonsense approach to eating is very similar to Michael Pollan's simple, common-sense principles that he laid out in his book, Food Rules. He broke it down into 64 guiding priciples.

Here's my favourite thirty:

1. Eat food

2. Avoid food products containing ingredients that no ordinary human would keep in the pantry

3. Avoid food products that make health claims

4. Avoid foods you see advertised on television

5. Shop the peripheries of the supermarket and stay out of the middle (erm, that's fresh produce and alcohol, right?! Perfect)

6. Get out of the supermarket whenever you can

7. Eat mostly plants, especially leaves

8. Treat meat as a flavoring or special occasion food

9. Eating what stands on one leg [mushrooms and plant foods] is better than eating what stands on two legs [fowl], which is better than eating what stands on four legs [cows, pigs and other mammals].

9. Eat your colours

10. Drink the spinach water

11. Eat animals that have themselves eaten well

12. Eat well‐grown food from healthy soil

13. Eat wild foods when you can

14. Don’t overlook the oily little fishes

15. Eat some foods that have been predigested by bacterial or fungi

16. Sweeten and salt your food yourself

17. The whiter the bread, the sooner you’ll be dead

18. Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself

19. Eat more like the French. Or the Japanese. Or the Italians. Or the Greeks.

20. Have a glass of wine with dinner

21. Pay more, eat less

22. Eat when you're hungry, not when you're bored

23. Eat slowly

24. Breakfast like a queen, lunch like a princess, dinner like pauper

25. Limit your snacks to unprocessed plant foods

26. Try not to eat alone

27. Treat treats as treats

28. Plant a vegetable garden if you have space, a window box if you don’t

29. Cook

30. Break the rules once in a while

 

Read more about his work at www.michaelpollan.com