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Excellent Advice

Monday, January 18, 2010

I was reading an article this morning on a new book by author Michael Pollan called Food Rules: An Eater's Manual . Two tips really caught my attention & I wanted to share them with everyone. They are as follows:


There is nothing wrong with eating sweets, fried foods, pastries, even drinking soda every now and then, but food manufacturers have made eating these formerly expensive and hard-to-make treats so cheap and easy that we're eating them every day. The french fry did not become America's most popular vegetable until industry took over the jobs of washing, peeling, cutting, and frying the potatoes -- and cleaning up the mess. If you made all the french fries you ate, you would eat them much less often, if only because they're so much work. The same holds true for fried chicken, chips, cakes, pies, and ice cream. Enjoy these treats as often as you're willing to prepare them -- chances are good it won't be every day.


For many of us, eating has surprisingly little to do with hunger. We eat out of boredom, for entertainment, to comfort or reward ourselves. Try to be aware of why you're eating, and ask yourself if you're really hungry-before you eat and then again along the way. (One old wive's test: IF YOU'RE NOT HUNGRY ENOUGH TO EAT AN APPLE, THEN YOU'RE NOT HUNGRY.) Food is a costly antidepressant.

I thought this was excellent advice & very good guidelines that we can all remember easily....hope you enjoy it also.

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    It is good advice, although I would probably bake a whole cake and eat the whole cake. I love Michael Pollan's books. His whole point is to eat from nature as much as possible and stay away from the processed foods. Those store bought cakes (and everything else) are loaded with junk (preservatives, chemicals, additives) that we would never put into our bodies if we were living our true nature.
    2409 days ago
  • v JLITT62
    Well, the first one wouldn't work for me because I like to cook & bake . . . it's part of why I have a weight problem! Yes, you can definitely eat too much junk, even when you make it yourself, even when it's "healthy" junk (like vegan cookies or date & fruit cookies, for example).

    The other one is definitely true!
    2414 days ago
  • v TCLARK319
    This is very good advice! Keep it positive ~ Happy Sparking!
    2414 days ago
  • v HOPE2BE
    I remember making all those things by hand. In fact I had a pan of hot grease fall on my foot because I was making french fries by standing on a chair. But that wasn't my fault. I made my own chicken and still do. I made my own spagetti sauce and only make 1 serving for the day and the rest is frozen for 1 day servings.. They fill me up and I don't starve or overeat.
    2414 days ago
  • v JIJJI1313
    Thanks! Great Post! :)
    2414 days ago
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