Food Rules // an eater’s manual

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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

This Post Has 11 Comments

  1. Lebogang

    Very insightful, real food its not advertised at all.

    1. Lungi

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

  2. Lebo

    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. 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.

    1. Lungi

      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

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

  5. Katleho

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

    1. Lungi

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

  6. Simpz

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

    1. Lungi

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

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