Michael Pollan wrote several top books including the now famous “Omnivore’s Dilemma” best seller and the “In Defense of Food” top seller and award winner. Now he’s written “Food Rules – An Eater’s Manual” that friends call the condensed version of “Omnivore’s Dilemma”. In this latest book he wrote, “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” He wrote it in this context; “After spending a couple of years researching for my last book, “In Defense of Food”, I realized that the answer to the supposedly incredibly complicated question of what we should eat…could be boiled down to this: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”
This doesn’t directly address the craving problem but Renata de LaRoque, CEO and nutritionist at Food4Humans.com, said today that people crave because they are not getting the nutrients they need. My craving went away after I substituted “mostly plants” for much of my former processed food intake. Life is good and the transition has been pretty painless. You can save your own physical life by following Pollan’s seven words of advice. By the way, I like now to say, “The craving dragon has been caged, is in the dungeon but trying to get out.” It has to be kept there by continuing to eat “mostly plants”.
Pollan’s Food Rules lists 64 rules that all make sense and lead to a more natural diet. Rule 19: “If it came from a plant, eat it. If it was made in a (processing) plant, don’t.” His research into foods included relearning folk wisdom. For example Rule 25, “Eat Your Colors” makes sense in that orange plant foods have different goodies in them than red, yellow and green plants. “Eating your colors” gets the superset of nutrients that just eating one or a few colors would provide.
The most important thing to understand is that if you are a food craver, you can cage the craving dragon by eating mostly plants!!!