If one had to summarize and condense the finer points to put into some type of action plan from the Omnivore’s Dilemma, here it is. This is part 2 from a book review that Maria did on Michael Pollan’s book awhile back that I wanted, and I wanted to break up into sections to allow time to digest all the material. Here is part one for those of you that are new to my blog and you may be wondering how this fits into trading. From where I stand if you don’t have your health it doesn’t matter how amazing of a trader you are, you won’t be enjoying the fruits of your labor.

If I had to narrow down a few key choices I’ve made in my diet over the past few years it would be the following. Recognize that your diet is a work in progress. Some of these are fairly large for me and some not, but what I put in my body has completely changed over the past 3 years. Why wait until one starts to have problems with their health.

Prevention is better than a cure.

  • Eliminate hormones from the meat I eat by only buying organic or halel meats. By and large I try not to buy anything mass produced.
  • Trying to alkalize regularly (lemon/limes in water)
  • One teaspoon of apple cidar vinegar daily with water
  • Juicing regularly (although we’ve been lazy in that arena lately)
  • Eat less meat overall and more vegetable
  • Eliminate soda
  • Annual cleanses

Eat food

  • Don’t eat anything your great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food
  • Avoid food products containing ingredients that are (a) unfamiliar (b) unpronounceable (c) more than five total (d) contain high-fructose corn syrup
  • Avoid food products that make health claims
  • Shop at the peripheries of the supermarket
  • Get out of the supermarket whenever possible

Mostly plants

  • Eat mostly plants, especially leaves
  • You are what you eat eats too
  • If you have the space, buy a freezer
  • Eat like an omnivore
  • Eat well-grown food from healthy soil
  • Eat wild foods when you can
  • Be the kind of person who takes supplements
  • Eat more like the French, Italians, Japanese, Indians, or Greeks
  • Regard nontraditional foods with skepticism
  • Don’t look for magic bullets in traditional diets
  • Have a glass of wine with dinner

Not too much

  • Pay more, eat less
  • Eat meals
  • Do all your eating at a table
  • Don’t get your fuel from the same place your car does
  • Try not to eat alone
  • Consult your gut
  • Eat slowly
  • Cook, and if you can, plant a garden


One Response to “Michael Pollan’s Rules of Thumb”

  1. Mike Says:

    great post about the food and eating;
    I like to add that there is a bill in senate which is not good please take a little time and send a senator already written for you here is the link to Natural Solution
    Thanks and Good Health

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