By Leanne Ely, C.N.C.
One of my heroes, Michael Pollan, recently wrote a book on his food rules. I read a review of his book and started to laugh. So many of these have been my ďfood rulesĒ for a long time!
I thought about all Iíve been talking about for all these years and decided to drill it down to a few ďrulesĒ. What the heck? Iíve done ďtop tenĒ lists for over ten years and made lists about other stuff that was either good or bad or indifferent. Why NOT throw out a few rules? So here goes, Leanneís 10 Rules for Consuming Food.
1) One ingredient foods are always safe to consume. For example, apples, sweet potatoes, spinach, salmon. These are all one ingredient foods.
2) If you cannot pronounce the ingredients, you shouldnít eat it. Yeah, I know Iíve said this 100 times. Itís worth saying again. Besides, I know you have no idea what di-sodium phosphate has to do with food (but it could be in your breakfast cereal).
3) If your teenaged sonís sports drink is the same color as toilet bowl cleaner or antifreeze, itís not a good thing to consume.
4) If your great grandmother ate it, itís probably okay for you to eat it, too.
5) Drink just water when you go out to dinner. Everything else is too expensive, too caloric and you donít need it.
6) Sodas of any kind, suck up your money, your health and put on the weight, regardless of whether or not theyíre full of sugar, high fructose corn syrup or are sugar free. They are the enemy.
7) Juice needs to be drunk sparingly; itís concentrated calories. Tread carefully.
8) Eat your veggies. Lots of them. Seasonal, fresh or frozen and avoid the canned varietyófull of salt.
9) Eat as colorfully as possible. Salads should look like a rainbow and not contain Iceberg lettuce, which is nearly worthless nutritionally.
10) To afford to eat food worthy of consuming, eat only quality, real food and eat less of it.
You know, I could probably do 20 of these but Iím going to stop right here. What are your rules for eating healthfully? Have you thought about it? Do you eat like your life depends on your food or do you eat like itís your last meal?
If you stop the insanity of merely filling the void in your stomach and begin to take responsibility for your food choices, youíll begin to feel empowered. It starts with understanding how food will truly impact your life. Take pause before you fill up with just anything and think instead about nurturing the body you were divinely given.
| Pounds lost: 5.6