Sunday, April 11, 2010

Lots of rules

Insomnia has been broadening my reading palate. My latest read was Michael Pollan's "Food Rules". There are a lot of rules to follow in there, but I was minutely proud to find that we were already doing quite a few of them.
  • No High Fructose Syrup
  • No cereals that make your milk a funny color.
  • Avoid foods that make health claims or say "lite" or "lowfat"
  • There are no artificial sweetners in this house.
  • No white bread.
  • Eat food from your garden.
There are 64 rules. That is a lot of rules. Fortunately, one of the rules is to break the rules and that is a good thing. We love Stovetop Stuffing and Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce. Both have HFC and are found in those darn center aisles. But, we don't eat them often and that is his point in Rule #60. My husband would NOT be throwin' the love out if I took those two items completely out of his diet. Once every other month, we are ok.

After I read the #60 loophole, I started to think, "We can do this!" So I am going to work, with my partner, into adding a rule to our house each week. Some of these will be a major leap for us and others are easier in the summer when we have veggies a plenty. Still, no excuses. 

So the rule we are adopting this week is to eat slowly. Doesn't that sound crazy? If you have kids or work 30 hours a day, it will. Stop and chew and savor.  Apparently, the true joy of any particular food all happens in the first couple of bites.  So we shall slow down to bite, chew and savor at the table starting this week. Buen Suerte. 

------side note----

Hail happens!! Strawberries, onions, garlic, lettuce, radishes, peas and spinach received a major dose of hail here last weekend. EGADS! Luckily, we made it through unscathed.


  1. Found you via dig this chick. My garden on the south Oregon coast looked exactly the same...sigh. I'm also a Barbara Kingsolver and Michael Pollan fan. I haven't read Food Rules yet but I listened to the audio version of Omnivore's Dilemma twice. I'll be popping in to see how gardening on your part of the coast is going :).


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