- Avoid foods with more than 5 ingredients - and don't be fooled by some snacks that boast only 2 or 3 ingredients. If the label says "Tostitos", then guess what - it's still processed food!
- If your teen (or you) can't pronounce an ingredient name, don't buy the product.
- Shop the edges of the grocery store - stay out of the middle aisles.
- Don't eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food.
- Avoid foods with some form of sugar listed as one of the first 3 ingredients.
For example, It's not food if it arrived through the window of your car.
I like that one.
How about... It's not food if it's called by the same name in every language (Big Mac, Cheetos, Pringles).
And I really like this one.... Don't get your fuel from the same place your car does.
At the end of his book, Pollard reminds us: Break the rules once in awhile. Then again, he reiterates, Treat treats as treats.
Much of this advice you may have heard before, some might be new. All of it is pure logic and common sense. If we are to become a healthier people, then we need to pay more attention to our diet, plain and simple.
I've lapsed back into my bad ways more than once, but I think this time I'm more committed than I've ever been to stay away from fast food and processed food. I know from past experience how much better I feel - I seem to have more energy and more motivation when I'm eating right.
I'm giving both of Pollard's books 5 stars.
In Defense of Food is an engrossing read from start to finish, and Food Rules will aid you in selecting the right foods as you start a new and exciting journey in your health.