Food Rules // an eater’s manual

Food rules an eater's manual

Since the beginning of the year I have been on a real food lifestyle meaning that I have been eating less processed food, refined carbohydrates and sugar. It has had a positive change in my life and I’m glad that I started this lifestyle. As part of my research into eating real food, I came across this book: Food Rules An Eater’s Manual by Michael Pollan, a food journalist. This book gives 64 “rules” of how to eat for your health and which types of foods one should be eating. It’s not a science book, so it doesn’t delve into science of food, it’s simple everyday guidelines to get you on the right track.

I read this book in 1 sitting, it’s a simple read which is thought-provoking and laugh out loud funny. I’ve taken a few of my favourite guidelines from the book that I have been trying to incorporate into my life:

Food rules: an eater's manualIn most cases, the number of ingredients are an indicator of the amount of processing that a food had undergone. More ingredients…more processing.

Food rules: an eater's manual

Do you have monosodium glutamate in your cupboard?

Food rules: an eater's manual

Doth protest too much!

Food rules: an eater's manual

Eish san’! This one neh.


We all know that filling stations are not the best places to get healthy food, which is why when I went on a roadtrip to Cape Town, I packed my own healthy snacks from home.

Michael pollan

hahahahah! I laughed out loud at this one – I just pictured myself at the Chicken Licken drive thru.

What are some of your food “rules” that you follow?

*Again, these aren’t hard and fast rules that we should all follow to live a long healthy life, they are just guidelines



  1. April 20, 2016 / 12:34

    Very insightful, real food its not advertised at all.

    • Lungi
      April 21, 2016 / 06:25

      Yep! It has made me take notice of all fodd ads on tv

  2. April 20, 2016 / 12:45

    I have been planning to change my eating habits, but its so difficult when you eat with people!!! But I really want to buy everyone in the house that book hopefully we can move together

  3. April 20, 2016 / 14:00

    I definitely broke some of these rules. LOL. These days, I have to be mindful of what I eat because it helps my overall health.

    • Lungi
      April 21, 2016 / 06:29

      We’re in the same boat with regards to breaking the rules! Healthy eating helps a lot, I realise how lethargic I feel after eating a lot of not so great food.

  4. Bonolo
    April 21, 2016 / 05:23

    Lol, I love this book. I’m buying it

  5. April 21, 2016 / 15:25

    Lol. Love that last rule!!! hahahaha! The biggest struggle. Everyone loves to indulge with food that comes through the window of your car! hahaha!

    • Lungi
      April 22, 2016 / 10:31

      lol! too true – and it’s so quick and easy 🙂

  6. Simpz
    April 22, 2016 / 12:55

    Rule #20…..Eish #McDonalds I will now buy inside the store 🙂

    • Lungi
      April 22, 2016 / 14:45

      hahahaha! sis though! I can’t with you 😀

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