Friday, February 05, 2010

Now THIS is a rule I can follow.

The older I get, the less I want to follow rules. But, here is a rule I can follow and pass on to my children, as quoted in a NYT Personal Health article about Michael Pollan's newest book, Food Rules.

"Perhaps I’ll try the so-called S policy Mr. Pollan says some people follow: 'No snacks, no seconds, no sweets — except on days that begin with the letter S'.”

In addition to following the S policy, I think it is also high time for me to begin eating my meals off of our extra large salad plates instead of our gargantuan dinner plates. Although...I suppose that can wait until we get back to Colorado since we only have two little salad plates here.

I'm not desperate to pick up Food Rules since it seems to be a compilation of what Pollan wrote in The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food, but I will probably grab it from the library when we get back to see if I'm missing out on any other memorable nuggets. Of course, Food Rules only costs $5 on Amazon, so maybe I'll add it to my next order.

For those of you who have followed Our Little Family for a while, you know that Pollan's previous food books have been life-changing for us. Based on what I've read from him before, I think if you're looking for highlights from his earlier food books in a compact, easy-to-read version, you'd like Food Rules.


Cristin said...

The S rule reminds me of an example that I was using with Carmen when trying to explain to her how to know if a food is healthy for her. I explained that if God made it - like an apple or chicken - that it is going to be healthier for us to eat instead of other foods, such as a granola bar.

Hillary Dickman said...

I love that! What a great way to explain it to kids. Thanks!