Wednesday, November 30, 2011

i'm on the "food rules" tour



I was recently asked to go on a book tour.  I was so oblivious.  Seriously I was like uh publisher lady...not sure if that will work in my schedule.  You know I have kids and a honey right??  She probably thought I was a crazy loon.  In fact being on a book tour just meant giving my opinion about the book...not going on tour like a rock star;)  DUH!  Okay I guess I can squeeze that in...hee hee!


So I get this book (Food Rules by Michael Pollan) in the mail and I start reading and at first I was like this isn't rocket science, it's all very common sense.  Then the genius of it all started kicking in.  We are so warped by this diet and that report etc...that we have no idea what to do any more regarding food.



This author breaks it down wonderfully into three parts.  What should I eat?  What kind of food should I eat?  How should I eat?   His mission was to more or less prove that our grandparents had all the wisdom in this area.  Lots of people wrote in and helped him out and he came up with 83 rules.




My favorite part of the book were the illustrations of course.  Apparently this is a new edition and the illustrations are a new added improvement.  I can only imagine how much they contributed to the original book.  The artist Maira Kalman was fantastic.  I loved her simple, colorful pages.  They drew me in 100%.


The beauty of the Food Rules book is that you don't have to follow every single rule.  It's not about that.  Even if you change a few bad habits and incorporate some of the rules your health will benefit.  My favorite rules were:


40.  Make water your beverage of choice.
45.  Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself.
50.  Avoid ingredients that lie to your body.
56.  Eat when you are hungry not when you are bored.
69.  Order the small.
79.  Treat treats as treats.



I think I have some new "rules" to try and follow;)  Great stocking stuffer. 




Have a blessed day.





271.  hopefully breaking old habits
272.  the twinkle of Christmas in my house
273.  laundry done once again
274.  my girl whose beautiful voice rings out in the dark...when she should be sleeping
275.  friends who encourage and lift up
276.  creating all day...without my computer on!

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41 comments:

  1. What beautiful illustrations, very creative - they remind me of your painting style actually :)

    Your comment about the book tour made me laugh...I was visualising you on tour bus, hanging out, ya know?! XX

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  2. How cute! I think that rule 45 is the best, and so true!

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  3. I read the older version of the book - paperback and very small. Loved the whole idea - especially about not eating things that your grandmother wouldn't recognize as food (think Gogurt tubes!) Thanks for sharing so I could see the newer version. The illustrations are wonderful.

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  4. That books looks really fun! I like the rules you picked, too! So simple, yet still a challenge. Have a great day, Becky!

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  5. Really great book, read it a few months ago, as part of a challenge from my friend Tracey and then did a "book report". http://chaospatrol.blogspot.com/2011/10/challenge-wednesday-book-report.html

    Now I actually have to start USING the rules! ;-)

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  6. At first glance, I thought the illustrations were yours. Good rules. Welcome to the tour. :)

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  7. yeah for 275. and 276. :D this looks like a great book. i need to figure it out myself...maybe this book would help. maybe i should buy it for jarrod's stocking and read it myself ;)

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  8. sounds like a great read! I like the rule about not eating sweets unless you make them yourself. That's an awesome rule! (and one I'm breaking right now!!)

    My hubby has been doing GREAT with his new diabetic diet (lost 26lbs and blood sugar is totally under control), but I seem to have totally picked up all his old bad habits. :(

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  9. Huh. Maybe YOUR grandparents had wisdom in this area. My grandma was a very large woman. She baked and cooked everything herself, and she used a whole lot of lard. I'll add: if I ate all my own junk food, I'd still be chunky, 'cause you know I bake constantly. Still, it sounds like I would benefit from following some of these rules. I'm about to have to give up most bread, sugar, pasta, and milk. It makes me sad to think of doing this at Christmastime, but--if I don't--I'm going to get really sick.

    The illustrations are great: very Becksterish!

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  10. Great book and fast read - his other book The Omnivore's Dilemma goes into a lot of detail regarding where our food comes from and why that isn't good. We really try to follow these rules in our cooking, and I have to say I smile inside and out when our kids prefer my treats to store bought ones.

    http://chaospatrol.blogspot.com

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  11. this book had me at the front cover...then all the illustrations!
    the main points you shared sound completely doable.
    must look into this one!

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  12. thanks for the recommendation. i am going to check into this. have a great day.

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  13. What a neat book and im totoally loving the illustrations too!!!!:O) Thanks for sharing:O)

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  14. That looks like a great coffee table read.
    The illustrations remind me of someone ;)
    at first i thought you had other news for us.

    the 'S' policy....hmm? may have to give it a try.

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  15. the artwork is gorgeous. reminds me so much of you!

    i need to read this! my friend lent it to me, and i haven't even cracked the pages yet. must get on it. i love how the steps are simple yet revolutionary.

    you are famous. you book tourer, you!

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  16. This book sounds great and I love your favorite rules too! Treat Treats and Treats. Brilliant. Order Small? A really hard things sometimes huh?

    Love, Traci @ Ordinary Inspirations http://www.ordinaryinspirations.blogspot.com

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  17. Sounds like a wonderful book with guidelines we all could easily follow. Hope your day is amazing, Becky!

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  18. This looks like an amazing book! Thanks for going on the tour (wink) and sharing with us.

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  19. Love this in every way! Thanks for sharing girly. Happy Wednesday... I can not seem to wake up today! what's up with that?!

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  20. A favorite book....I keep it next to my bed! I grab it often for reminders and to stay on track. I love this new version....so colorful. This would look much nicer on my night stand the the paperback version.

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  21. oooh, that looks like a wonderful book! Keeping my eyes open for that one!

    I know of another book tour you might get asked to go on. ;)

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  22. I'm sold!! I'll read it just for the artwork (reminds me of yours!) and for the "eat as much junk food as you want". Bring on the homemade salsa!

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  23. When I saw that first picture I thought maybe you had created it! All the more proof that you can and should create that children's book some day!

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  24. This going on my Christmas book wishlist immediately!! The illustrations are just magical. Thanks for going on tour:)

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  25. OMG! I just looked at this book today at Barnes and Noble. I had never seen it before - I fell in love with the illustrations and was thinking about buying it just to put the little illustrations in frames :))
    xo
    Ashlyn

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  26. I am SO getting this book! I've recently been trying to rethink my approach to food....for myself and my family's sake. I think about it all. the. time. especially since my Nora girl was born....being over-weight is a common characteristic for others like her :(.

    And like so many others, I thought it was your artwork, too :) So very precious. Thank you so much for sharing it. Because you shared Jesus Calling for Kids, I bought that one, too...plus 2 more for gifts :) See how inspiring you are?

    Blessings!

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  27. A computer free day is on my wish list right now ~ I am going to take a stab at it soon ~ wish me luck! I love the one that says eat all the junk food you want as long as you make it ~ makes sense doesn't it! Happy Wednesday Becky. xo

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  28. I'm so glad you enjoyed this little book! Thanks for taking the time to be a part of the tour. :)

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  29. This book changed the way we viewed and ate food. I loved it.

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  30. Sounds like I need to add that book to my Christmas list, Becky. There's definitely "food for thought" in there! I'm back on my diet now so I need to read these words of wisdom. :)

    xoxo laurie

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  31. I saw that book at Costco... Perhaps I will pick it up.

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  32. Oh, I must go to Amazon right now and see if I can order this. Sounds like a lot of common sense and yes, a great stocking stuffer for sure. Thanks for sharing!

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  33. Hey Becky...What a cute book! I think I need to add this to my collection. I like that "S Policy" I'm going to try that as of right now, get set go. LOL!

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  34. Tee Hee...when you said "book tour", I thought, "I didn;t know she had a book out already!". Funny. It looks like a great one one...thanks.

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  35. It does look like your painting style...of which I am LOVING what you just added to your shop:)
    I am getting this book. After this move and we get unpacked and settled..give me about 2 weeks we are getting back to clean eating. I have been so bad while going through all of this.
    I LOVE the looks of this...seriously! Thanks for sharing missy:) have a beautiful day!
    xo

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  36. i have seen several people mention this book lately, now i want to read it myself, i think. i had to laugh at you thinking you were going on a book tour ; ) i love it!

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  37. I need this book. I only drink water, coffee and skim milk in my proteins shake.I finally kicked Diet Coke. I had one on this trip and it didn't taste like I thought it would. The thrill is gone! I had lost about 10 lbs before this trip. I have had a few upsets in the last couple of days. I am anxious to get back home and back with my program. Love the pics in the book. No wonder you did too...they reminded me or your style.

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  38. Very cute, sounds interesting! And yes, the illustrations are beautiful and totally make the book! ;)


    ...I just don't think rule 45 would work too good for me, I bake WAY too often! ;) lol!

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  39. looks wonderful, becky. i love all the concepts you mentioned. i just started (last july :) eating "paleo" .. something a lot of crossfitters follow. my first thought was great! another cabbage soup diet! turns out to be awesome... all real foods, and i'm loving it.

    tho, i had ice cream today. :)

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  40. I was wondering how you were going to swing that "book tour", too! haha

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  41. Oooooh I like this book! And seriously, I would have thought the same about the book tour!

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