Early this month, I gave you the details on Pollan's first "rule" on how to be healthy - eat food. Simple, right?
Rule #2: Not too much. (Again, we are human. We are normal. We slip up from time-to-time and have those moments when we grasp our stomachs and say "Why? Why did I eat so much? Never again." Bullshit. It happens and I'd be foolish to say that it'll never happen again.)
So what does Mr. Pollan have to say about "not too much"?
+Pay more. Eat less. The better the food, the less you need to eat in order to feel satisfied. Choose quality over quantity, food experience over mere calories.
+Eat meals. Shared meals are about much more than fueling bodies; they are uniquely human institutions where our species developed language and this thing we call culture.
+Do all your eating at a table.
+Don't get your fuel from the same place your car does.
+Try not to eat alone. The shared meal elevates eating from a mechanical process of fueling the body to a ritual of family and community, from mere animal biology to an act of culture.
+Consult your gut. (Ask yourself if you are really hungry or if you just think you are hungry. Could you be thirsty or just need to get up and stretch for a moment?)
+Eat slowly. To eat slowly, is to eat with a fuller knowledge of all that is involved in bringing food out of the earth and to the table. To eat slowly, also means to eat deliberately.