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Michael Pollan on Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual on GMA (Video)

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Michael Pollan discussed his new book, a revised edition of Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, on Good Morning America on Tues. Nov. 15, 2011 (video above). The new edition features illustrations by Maira Kalman.

While noting that the main rule remains his famous seven word rule — “Eat Food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” — he went on to explain the premise of the book was that the wisdom of your mother and grandmother has more to tell you about what to eat than science. After the publication of the original edition of the book he said that people began sending him rules they had heard from their mothers and grandmothers.

The original book was to help readers distinguish real food from edible food-like substances. To do so, he recommended that people shop the periphery of stores — produce, meat, fish, dairy — and stay away from the middle aisles where the processed foods are. Now in response to this, he says that the food industry is putting processed foods in the produce aisle, such as croutons and ranch dressing, and other processed foods.

He also addressed mindless eating and emotional eating; we eat out of sadness, boredom, distractedness. He noted that someone had sent this rule to help come to grips with the behavior: “If you aren’t hungry enough to eat an apple you’re probably not that hungry.”

It’s illustrative that this is crowd-sourced book, this is the wisdom of our culture, he said. He went on to say he had curated the book and vetted it more than he had written it.

Another rule: Put flowers on the table. Everything will taste so much better, he said, as the pleasure is not about the quantity, it’s the food experience. It’s quality not quantity.

Find out more about Michael Pollan and his numerous bestselling books, including The Omnivore’s Dilemma and In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. at his official Web site

Skinny Bliss readers, please let us know, what food rules have you learned that you have found helpful.

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