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Monday, November 17, 2008

Eat food, Not Too Much, Mostly Vegetables....for a week.


Well, I just finished "In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto" by Michael Pollan and it was excellent. I whole heartedly recommend it to everyone. It's a short read but jammed full of information that is likely to change to way you see a lot of things. Part of the book talks about "how to eat" - this is not a diet or a list of forbidden foods. Instead it recommends the three things listed in the title of this post:

Eat Food - this means no food products: i.e. imitation foods or foods that your ancestors wouldn't recognize as food. That also means if the ingrediant list is long and full of things you can't pronounce - it's probably not food but a food product. It's a lot more detailed than that but you get the idea...

Not too much - this means we enjoy our food and don't gorge ourselves on it. We eat more like the French who eat smaller portions of higher quality food.

Mostly vegetables - this means that we eat way too much meat in the country because it has become so cheap. Our ancestors ate a lot less just because it wasn't as available - as do people in other countries. We needs to eat more vegetables with meat being the side dish.

I have oversimplified the book's message by a million - there are health reasons to eat this way but just as importantly environmental, political, and social reasons. In my opinion this book needs to be read hand in hand with The Omnivore's Dilemma which I am still reading - it's a lot longer. Anyhow, my point being that I want to try it out starting this coming Sunday.

I wanted a little time to prepare so I could have it in my mind what I could make. You'd be surprised by how much isn't true food anymore - at least partly. Like today I wanted a tuna sandwich but when I looked at the can saw that it was partly vegetable broth - meaning soy flakes! I ate my tuna still but next week I won't be able to unless I buy the raw tuna and cook it myself. Anyhow...I'll let you know how it goes...I'm curious what my week will be like and I'm betting the food will taste a lot better - as long as I do my job right!

6 comments:

Julie said...

Have you read Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon? It could be classified as a cookbook, too. The book is chock full of great information.

megan said...

I just looked it up and it looks really cool so I found it at the library and put it on hold. Thanks for the tip!

Zachary and Jennifer said...

I've read The Omnivore's Dilemma and it's really opened my eyes about food. I have yet to read In Defense of Food, but I am looking forward to it. The Botany of Desire is also a very good read, also by Pollan.

Dale said...

I think this is one of the best books in eating that I have read. I do encourage people to read Omnivore's Dilemma first becuase I think it sets the stage for this book.

Holly | Reed Photographic said...

I've read these both - OD first and then In Defense of Food. Both are outstanding. It's really quite mind boggling to read labels now that I know that all those additives, modifiers, emulsifiers, etc are. The other day I was reading the label on a box of Triscuits (seemingly helpful) and many of the ingredients are the same things I use to make soap.

marisa said...

uh, scary! I'm going to start reading labels more. I've read Omnivore's Dilema, up next, In Defense of Food!