Friday, June 5, 2009

food thoughts

I am reading a book right now called In the Defense of Food An Eater's Manifesto by Michal Pollan. It's ok. I have to say I skipped a lot of it to a section about how to eat now. It really goes along with another book I read called Food Matters by Mark Bittman. Amazing amazing book. Only book I have ever really wanted to read again. So anyhow. The basic concept is that we should really eat food. Not all of this garbage that is being put on the shelves at the supermarket. Shop the perimeters and eat the foods only your great grandmother would have eaten. I don't want to get on my soap box but truly, what is so hard about eating like this? Since the fall I have stopped eating most processed foods. I eat fruits, nuts and vegetables for snacks. I know, it may seem boring to some who just love these boxed snacks they sell out there. I don't know how long I will eat this way. Is it just a kick I am on, or have I changed my way of eating. I feel like it's going to be a lifestyle change for me really. I have never felt healthier in my life. I have never been more fit in my life. I have lost weight, although sometimes I feel too thin. It just makes sense to eat this way to me. I love fruits and vegetables so I don't feel deprived when I want a snack and have a bowl of grapes and some almonds. Yeah, sometimes I have felt like having things, but you know what, you make them then. Make some granola bars, bake some cookies, make some brownies. Why does every snack have to come in a box? When you make these things yourself you know what is in them. You know what you are eating. Why would you eat a food with ingredients listed that you can't even pronounce? When would you eat something that has a huge long list of ingredients? Again, like I said, I am not trying to preach. I may one day fall back into this depressing way of eating, but for now, I am happy with the foods I am eating. I feel really really good. I love to cook and I love to bake, so it brings me joy to eat these foods and to eat this way. For some, it may not be so easy but I would hope and I would love to inspire you to. Even if you just change a few things at a time. Or eating one vegetarian meal a day or even a week. I feel so strongly about this way of eating. There always all of these diets out there, people looking for the healthy way to eat, the best way to lose weight. It's been here all along right in front of our faces. The simplest way to eat, yet we are blind to see it. Blah blah blah. I won't keep going on and on. Just read Food Matters and you will see what I am talking about.

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