As a food writer, I follow trends in healthful eating; as a parent, I know when I shouldn't indulge my children's whims. Still, when I read the results of a new poll on eating and exercising, I saw myself in nearly every rule that was guaranteed to backfire.
Pollan's collection of rules keeps it simple: No medical or calorie counting rules (don't people get tired of counting calories?). And my favorite rule is the super simple number 24: When you eat real food, you don't need rules.
For me gardening is therapeutic, it's also the source of the freshest food I get to eat and it's also beautiful. To me it's more beautiful than a perennial border. The satisfaction for me is gustatory as well as aesthetic and therapeutic.
I set out to collect and formulate some straightforward, memorable, everyday rules for eating, a set of personal policies that would, taken together or even separately, nudge people onto a healthier and happier path.
I cheered when I learned of First Lady Michelle Obama's new initiative, Let's Move, aimed at the mounting epidemic of childhood obesity. It's a breakthrough for government to address obesity's systemic causes.
I think that collective bad Karma gives authors a chance to reinvent the self-help category and steer the ship away from the schlocky "5 Steps to a Whatever Transformation You Need" we've all been buying into.
Some people want to be told what to eat. Ever get asked about "the Slow Food diet?" I do. Countless times I've explained that there is no slow food diet, that it's not meant to be a dogmatic philosophy.