If you’re tired of counting calories and measuring everything you eat, don’t despair. Here are some simple, easy-to-remember diet tips from doctors, chefs, and the general public. They’ve been compiled by award-winning author, Michael Pollan in his latest book, Food Rules:

• Rule #1: If it grew on a plant, eat it. If it was made in a manufacturing plant, skip it.

• Rule #2: Avoid foods with ingredients you wouldn’t buy for your pantry, like celluose, ammonium sulfate and xanthan gum. They’re simply additives created to extend shelf life, make old food look more appetizing than it really is, and get you to eat more.

• Rule #3: Don’t eat breakfast cereals that change the color of your milk. Cereals like that are highly processed, and full of refined carbs, sugars, and chemical additives.

• Rule #4: Do all your eating at a table. Your desk is not a table. Pollan points out that if you eat while you’re working, watching TV or driving, you’re eating mindlessly, which means you’re eating a lot more than if you were at a table, and paying attention to what you’re doing.

• Rule #5: You can eat all the junk food you want – as long as you make it yourself. After all, it’s a lot of work to make French fries, cakes and ice cream. If you had to make them yourself, you’d eat a lot less.

• Rule #6: Eat when you’re hungry, not when you’re bored, or need comfort, a reward or entertainment. Try this test: Reach for an apple. If you’re not hungry enough to eat it, then you’re not really hungry.

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