Over the summer I read Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food. It was completely eye opening for me. All my life I’ve been concerned with healthy eating; avoiding sugars and fried foods. I considered myself pretty educated on nutrition, but I’d never given any thought to how much of our “food” isn’t even food at all.
From Michael Pollan’s website:
“Because most of what we’re consuming today is not food, and how we’re consuming it — in the car, in front of the TV, and increasingly alone — is not really eating. Instead of food, we’re consuming “edible foodlike substances” — no longer the products of nature but of food science. Many of them come packaged with health claims that should be our first clue they are anything but healthy. In the so-called Western diet, food has been replaced by nutrients, and common sense by confusion. The result is what Michael Pollan calls the American paradox: The more we worry about nutrition, the less healthy we seem to become.”
My diet isn’t perfect. You’ve seen me with the fro-yo and the girl scout cookies and some people take the real food thing all the way to only drinking raw milk fresh delivered from the farm. I’m more into balance on this. When you look at it this way, the key to healthy eating isn’t the latest fad diet, it’s eating food. Real food, that doesn’t come from a lab or factory. And if you’re eating real food 80-90% of the time, the rest doesn’t matter as much.
If you’re thinking about your diet at all I really recommend you pick up the book!
Other links to real food info:
- Have you read In Defense of Food?
- Do you make an effort to eat “Real Food?”