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Review: Rich Food Poor Food
When Dave and I made the commitment to eating high-quality, real food — dino-chow, paleo, whatever you want to call it — we spent a memorable few hours in the grocery store, reading labels and yelling things like, “WHY DOES THIS SALSA HAVE WHEAT IN IT?!” while angrily slamming jars back onto shelves.
It’s a sad truth of making the switch to paleo that the grocery store can become a minefield. That’s where the book Rich Food Poor Food: The Ultimate Grocery Purchasing System (GPS) by Jayson and Mira Carlton comes in. Think of it as an atlas for navigating the wilds of the grocery store aisles.
Tackling each section of the grocery store — from Dairy to Meat and Baking to Snacks — it provides guidelines for assessing your choices… even recommending particular brands to make it easier for you to choose better options. The Carlton’s philosophy divides foods into rich foods and poor foods. Toss the rich foods in your cart and banish the poor.
Handy graphics help you easily identify stuff you can put in your cart with confidence (Steer Here!) and stuff you should avoid (Steer Clear!). My favorite pages, naturally, are 224-225 where they address spices. Turns out the Simply Organic brand gets a Steer Here…
… while Spice Island and McCormick get a Steer Clear (for being irradiated and non-organic).
If you’re confused about how to buy the best produce, which fish is good for you and the planet, and what the labels on meat and eggs really mean, this book can help you decipher it all. It’s a quick read, and the layout makes it a handy references with plenty of icons, headers, and charts to keep your shopping on track.
Rich Food Poor Food: The Ultimate Grocery Purchasing System (GPS) is available on Amazon and offline retailers now. You can follow the Carltons on Twitter and visit their site Carlton Nutrition.
The fine print: I received a complimentary copy of this book, but all opinions are mine. If you use the links above to purchase the book through Amazon, I earn a small commission.