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Review of Michael Pollan’s Book Food Rules: Food Guru Michael Pollan Shares Easy Healthy Eating Tips

Michael Pollan, author of the New York Times best seller In Defense of Food and The Omnivore’s Dilemma has released Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual (Penguin Books). This little book is an eating manifesto that answers two simple questions about eating that have somehow become extremely complex. These questions are, “what should people eat?” and “how should people eat?”

Healthy Eating Habits Begin With Whole Foods

In his no nonsense guide, Pollan urges his readers to avoid the processed foods that line the aisles in the grocery store. These foods have, sadly, become the staple of many American diets. And, if you go to the grocery store and walk the aisles, it is no wonder. The bulk of the products sold in grocery stores these days are processed.

Pollan’s tips include shopping the periphery of the supermarket, where the fresh fruits, vegetables, and meats are sold. He also pushes readers to think beyond the grocery store. Farmer’s markets and farms sell the freshest produce, dairy and meats available. The food sold at these venues is local, tasty, healthy, and environmentally friendly.

Healthy Meals are Thoughtful and Downsized

After sharing his tips on what to eat, Pollan turns to how to eat. This section of his guide has two themes. The first is to downsize portions. Pollan suggests ending a meal before feeling full, leaving some morsels on the dinner plate, and even downsizing the plates and glasses used at the table.

The second theme involves eating mindfully. Eating carefully, with attention to the taste and texture of food is important. Enjoying a meal by sitting down at the table rather than grabbing it on the run and devouring it at the dashboard of a car helps avoid mindless eating, which is never satisfying.\

Michael Pollan’s Healthy Eating Tips are Easy to Follow

Unlike his previous books, which are dense and at times laboring, Food Rules can be consumed and digested in a single sitting. The tips are drawn from Pollan’s interviews with nutritionists, doctors, readers, as well as culture and tradition. They have a “back to basics” feel to them and many are humorous. Rule #57, “Don’t get your fuel from the same place your car does,” exemplifies the cheeky fun that he has in sharing rules he hopes will stick with his readers as they troll down the aisles at the grocery store.

Food Rules Offers Advice to Build Healthy Eating Habits

Pollan offers simplicity in an area that has become increasingly difficult to understand and navigate: what and how to eat for optimal health. Though it seems that such a basic function should be natural, it is clear that Americans need advice. While nutrition continually advances, offering many explanations about anti-oxidants, omega 3’s, and other super nutrients, Americans have become ever larger and ever more prone to food related disease and illness. In Food Rules, Pollan cuts through the hype to offer basic, easy tips for healthy eating.

Losing Weight and Getting Healthy: Nintendo Wii as a Game Fitness Leader

Wii games and interactive fitness videos can be used over the Internet. The video and fitness games can also be used with standard and high definition television sets. According to Nintendo’s official website, the suggested manufacturer retail price for a Wii at home entertainment system is $199.99.

Consumer interest in the game system continues to grow. As of March 2017, Nintendo had sold 19 million units of Wii, 12.9 million Wii remote controllers and 644,000 units of its top video game seller – Wii Fitness

Popular Nintendo Wii Video Games

Fast Food Panic, Alvin and the Chipmunks and Kamen Rider Dragon Knight are popular Nintendo Wii games designed for children. Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles, New Super Mario Brothers, Guitar Hero Van Halen and Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney are favorite games played by people across ages.

One of Nintendo’s hottest video games is Wii Fitness. After users become fit enough to use Wii Fitness with ease, they can upgrade to Wii Fitness Plus for $19.99. Wii Fitness video games come with instructional videos that show users the proper way to do the associated exercises. One to nine people can play the games that come with up to 60 different exercises including skiing, bowling, soccer, baseball, tennis, boxing and dance.

For those who remember the video fitness craze of the 1980s, the Wii Fitness instructional videos are similar to the 1980s fitness videos that were led by exercise gurus like Jayne Fonda, Richard Simmons and Denise Austin. A key difference between the videos is that Wii Fitness game videos are interactive.

Learn More About Nintendo Wii Fitness

Users can create a personal profile on the game system so that they can discover and record features like their height, weight and body fat. Body index is taken by simply stepping on the balance board. As they continue to use the software, they can monitor their progress.

Other factors that the system measures are the number of calories users burn doing the exercises. Users can also measure their body control and the impact that their body index and fitness has on their age. A person might be surprised to learn that although their biological age is 40 years, their fitness level and body balance show them at 53 years of age. Of course, the longer a person uses the system, the more they can improve this and other fitness measurements.

Yoga, balance, strength training and aerobics are included in basic Wii Fitness game packages. Wii Fitness Plus comes with additional exercises that are designed for more experienced game players.

Virtual Workouts Made Fun

3D images let video game players observe their functionality from several angles. A virtual trainer is available to offer feedback, guidance and tips as users advance through the exercises. This can help game players to alter their balance, steps or energy early in an exercise so they finish the exercises strong.

People who want to combine exercise routines can do so by creating a custom workout. For example, a person can start their workout off with yoga then advance to strength training only to conclude their workout with several aerobics exercises. Save custom workouts so one can easily return to them one to two days later.

The entertainment system is designed with a thin console (less than two inches thick) that can be placed flat on the floor next to a personal computer or television set. Total size of the compact console is 8.5 inches long and 6 inches wide. The console comes with a stand so people can place it atop their at-home entertainment cabinet or hutch.

How to Lose Weight with Wii Fit Plus: Using Video Games to Become Fit and Healthy

Wii Fit Plus gives busy (or shy) people the opportunity to work out in their own homes with the aid of a virtual personal trainer. In order to work out with the Wii Fit Plus, you will need a Wii Fit Plus board and a Wii Fit Plus compatible game. The Wii Fit Plus board is slightly larger than a bathroom scale, and works in conjunction with the Wii console. There are several ways a user can use the Wii Fit Plus in order to lose weight.

Play Balance Games on the Wii Fit Plus

Balance games on the Wii Fit Plus force the user to engage their core muscles. Most people don’t use their core muscles very often, and increasing the strength and mass of the core muscles will increase metabolism and help the user lose weight.

Play Strength Training Games on the Wii Fit Plus

Strength training games on the Wii Fit Plus teach the user –with the help of a virtual trainer– to do basic exercises that use the user’s own body weight to help increase their strength. Moves include exercises for legs, thighs, arms, back, and abs. Building these muscles helps to increase one’s metabolism, which leads to weight loss.

Practice Yoga with Wii Fit Plus

The Wii Fit Plus teaches basic yoga poses. Yoga helps to relax the mind and body. Those who suffer from stress-related diseases (such as adrenal fatigue) can lose weight once they eliminate or reduce the amount of stress in their lives.

Create Your Own Workout with the Wii Fit Plus

The Wii Fit Plus can be programmed to create a personalised workout. Choose from strength training or yoga moves, and create a workout that lasts up to an hour long. The Wii Fit Plus virtual trainer will help you make your way through the workout.

Heed the Advice of the Wii Fit Plus

Wii Fit Plus will remind the user to drink water every hour or so. Messages will also pop up telling the user to slow down or reduce the intensity of the workout.

Keep Track of Time and Calories on the Wii Fit Plus

Once you set up a profile on Wii Fit Plus, you can keep track of the amount of time you have spent on the Wii Fit Balance Board. This view can be altered to check time and calories per session, day, week, or month. Keeping track of this information can help you be aware of the amount of calories you are expending.