Treat Treats as Treats

     I like to think that as a motivational speaker on health and wellness, I’ve imparted inspirational messages so profound that they have turned people’s lives around.  Perhaps a few have.  But for this post I’d like to share a wonderful excerpt from Michael Pollan’s Food Rules, an Eater’s Manual, that can’t be improved upon.

Rule # 60:  Treat Treats as Treats

“There is nothing wrong with special occasion foods, as long as every day is not a special occasion.  This is another case where the outsourcing of our food preparation to corporations has gotten us into trouble:  It’s made formerly expensive or time-consuming foods – everything from fried chicken and french fries to pastries and ice cream – easy and readily accessible.  Frying chicken is so much trouble that people didn’t use to make it unless they had guests coming over and a lot of time to prepare.  The amount of work involved kept the frequency of indulgence in check.

These special occasion foods offer some of the great pleasures of life, so we shouldn’t deprive ourselves of them, but the sense of occasion needs to be restored.  One way is to start making these foods yourself: if you bake dessert yourself, you don’t go to that much trouble every day.  Another is to limit your consumption of such foods to weekends or social occasions.  Some people follow a so-called S policy: ‘no snacks, no seconds, no sweets – except on days that begin with the letter S.'”

What do you think?  Will his words help you trim your grocery list?

From your motivational speaker who looks forward to special occasions!



Motivational Speaker Polly Pitchford didn’t always know the phytochemical benefits of kale, in fact, those words weren’t even in her vocabulary 30 years ago. Neither did she see any reason to do jumping jacks on a cement surface for an hour. But all it took was a chance vegetarian cooking class and some high-energy music to open her eyes upon a whole new world of healthy living. For 30 years Polly has practiced, studied, taught, educated and lived a healthy lifestyle that makes her such a powerful speaker.

Polly’s down-to-Earth and humorous approach mirrors her own lifelong journey to lasting, positive changes. The audience walks away with tangible plans for improving their health and their lives through food, fitness and fun.
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  1. Polly, this is such sage advice. So happy today is an “S” day! From your motivational speaker with a “S”weet tooth!

  2. Oh wow! I LOVE that, Polly.  Hmmm.  Does this include “Sexy Monday?” or “Silly Tuesday?”  How about “Sunny Wednesday?”  “Sensational Thursday?”  No, probably not…

  3. Woo-hoo, Saturday and Sunday are almost here… too bad tomorrow’s not Sriday.

    Thanks Polly… you’ve given our family a great new set of distinctions and practices to apply at home.

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