Halfway to Half-Breaking Half of the Rules


We're into the third month of the new year, so we're now almost halfway to the halfway point of 2010.

Coincidentally, statistics show that almost half of all Americans made one or more new year's resolutions, and of those resolution-makers, only about half will still be maintaining said resolutions by the halfway point of this year. So does this mean that half of us are halfway to failure?

If improving your eating habits was one of your new year's resolutions (at least half of all new year's resolutions probably involve healthy dietary goals), consider an easy read to help get you back on track. Author Michael Pollan, who also wrote bestsellers The Omnivore's Dilemma and In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto, recently published Food Rules, which is a starkly simple collection of 64 rules for eating wisely.


Pollan infuses his Rules with humor—for example, "If it's made from a plant, eat it. If it's made in a plant, don't." And unlike the rules of a picky 4-year-old who insists that different foods on his plate not touch each other, all of Pollan's Rules pertain either to the health of the eater or the health of the planet.

Just as a glass that is half-empty is also half-full, half of us will keep our new year's resolutions, and Pollan's Rules might help us in this quest. At least half of them have to be worth following.