The Saturday Review: Food Rules (Giveaway!) – The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans LLC


Clean, simple eating. Sounds easy, right?

And then you really start thinking about it. What is clean eating? How should you eat to best care for your body – to fuel it? To be healthy – all the while not completely denying yourself the foods you enjoy?

It’s a toughie.

A while back, I picked up Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food after watching him on Oprah and watching the film Food, Inc.  I absolutely LOVED In Defense of Food. It delved into the scientific aspects of nutrition, how detrimental the Western Diet is, and also touched on the mass production of food. Very interesting reading – and it left me wanting more..wanting to understand, in plain English, how to eat.

Then, Michael Pollan released Food Rules. I wasn’t sure quite what to expect, but I loved the title (I know, I know, judging a book by it’s cover) and it’s byline…Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

Duh, right?

Well, clearly not.  When you look at your meals, is it ALL FOOD? As defined by the author real food is: “something your great-grandmother would recognize as food”.  If she picked up a tube of yogurt, would she have any idea how to eat it? Doubtful.

And how much? How’s that portion control going? (This is where I really stumble).

Finally, mostly plants. Does meat take center stage where it should really be an accent to your meal? There simply to add flavoring. Not the main event.

That first rule: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants” ? Well, the entire book of rules are based around those three simple, yet crucial, ideas. There are 64 rules total within the book – all are broken out beneath those three main categories.

The thing I love the most about this book? It’s simplicity.  Each rule is concise, in plain English, and sensible. The entire book is only 112 pages long.

And the rules? They make so much sense. As I was reading, I was literally nodding my head in agreement. The rules are pulled from many different cultures, that over the ages have clung to the same enduring wisdom about food and nutrition.

It’s a clear, easy guide for those of us who want to escape all the fad diets, who want to get back to basics, who want to truly care for and nourish our bodies.

Clearly, I think it’s a must read. For everyone. Period.

The good news? We’ve got three copies to give away. Yes, three!

Want to enter? Here’s how:

Entering is easy:

1) What is your definition of ‘clean eating’? Is it something you’ve tried or are interested in pursuing? Tell us in the comments for one entry.

2) Blog about this giveaway and leave a link in the comments.

3) Tweet! And leave a link in the comments section.

All entries must be received by 12:00 am PST on Friday, August 6, 2010.  Three winners will be chosen via

Good luck!

Disclosure:  The Sisterhood of the Shrinking Jeans did not receive any product or compensation for this review. The opinions expressed are our own.

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