Eat food. Not too Much. Mostly Plants.

Wicked Smaht Monday with Elizabeth: I love food & I love art, so sitting down with the illustrated version of Michael Pollan’s “FOOD RULES, an eaters manual” was fun! The writing is simple and accessible and the illustrations by Maira Kalman are whimsical and full of color.

The message in this book is simple and strong: “Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly Plants.” As a raw vegan, I couldn’t agree more–we as a society, need to eat more plants. This book steps away from the scientific and nutritional facts that can bog us down and confuse us, and gets back to basics … back to the simple things we have forgotten in the age of convenience and processed foods.

I have picked out my favorite 8 rules to live by & 8 rules I would love to see America live by.

My favorite rules:

1. When you eat real food, you don’t need rules (I love this one!)

2. Eat some foods that have been predigested by bacteria or fungi (like sauerkraut & kimchi, or nut or coconut yogurt. Why? cuz they contain b12 and probiotics that aid in digestion, boost the immune system & help with inflammation)

3. Eat well-grown food from healthy soil (try to eat organic food grown from soil fed with organic matter, not chemicals)

4. It’s ok to be a little hungry

5. Do all of your eating at a table (mealtime is special and it should be treated with love, respect & awareness)

6. Place a bouquet of flowers on the table and everything will taste twice as good

7. Eat your colors (eat a rainbow of food & receive all of the nutrients your body needs)

8. If you’re not hungry enough to eat an apple, you’re probably not hungry (Such a good reminder)

And here are 8 rules that I would love to see American families apply to their everyday life:

1. It’s not food if it arrived through the window of your car

2. Don’t eat breakfast cereals that change the color of the milk

3. Make water your beverage of choice

4. Eat less

5. Give some thought to where your food comes from

6. Cook (or un-cook … prepare your meals at home with love and whole food ingredients) 7. Eat foods that will only eventually rot 8. Shop the peripheries of the supermarket and stay out of the middle.

And I have a few rules of my own to add:

1. Eat leafy greens with every meal (yes, breakfast included … green smoothies)

2. Get the everyone/kids involved in preparing food at home–if they help make it, they will be more inclined to eat it

3. Share healthy food with a friend, co-worker, family member or stranger several times a week

4. Be grateful for the delicious food on our plate (thanks for reminding me to add this one, Kristi! It is a regular practice in our home & I almost forgot it.)

“FOOD RULES” is a quick read that is colorful & entertaining. I encourage you to flip through it & pick out 10 rules that you and your family can put into practice & see how it improves your world.

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Raw food doesn't mean eating sushi all day! If you have eaten an apple, you have eaten raw food. The FANCY-SCHMANCY definition: Any fruit, veggie, nut, seed or sprout that hasn't been heated above 115-degrees, when the nutrients start to break down. But raw food goes way beyond salads! Keep posted and we will RAWK you world!