Monday, September 8, 2008

Michael Pollan's "In Defense of Food"

We love food at The Farm, so we figured it would be helpful to do a reduction, if you will, of Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food." Here you go:

1. Don't eat anything your great grandma wouldn't recognize as food.

2. Avoid food products that make health claims.

3. Shop the peripheries of the supermarket, and avoid the middle.

4. Get out of the Supermarket whenever possible - use farmer's markets and direct from farmers if possible, and avoid microwaveable.

5. Eat mostly plants, especially leaves.

6. You are what what you eat eats too...(so if cow eats corn, no good, because getting injected with hormones..go for grass-fed).

7. If you have the space, buy a freezer (that way you can get good food in bulk when in season, and freezing doesn't significantly diminish nutritional value.

8. Eat well-grown food from healthy soils.

9. Eat like an omnivore (eating what is in season first).

10. Eat Wild foods when you can (plants and animals both).

11. Take Vitamins and Supplements.

12. Eat more like the French, Italians, Japanese, Indians or Greeks - This means eat together, and spend more on quality versus quantity, and EAT SLOW.

13. Regard nontraditional foods with skepticism.

14. Don't look for the magic bullet in the traditional diet.

15. Have a glass of wine with dinner.

16. Eat up to being 80% full.

17. Eat meals.

18. Do all your eating at a table (that doesn't mean a desk).

19. Don't get your fuel from the same place your car does.

20. Try not to eat alone.

21. Consult your gut on how much to eat - when you are full, stop...not when your plate is empty.

22. Eat slowly.

23. Cook, and if you can, plant a garden.

24. Avoid food products that contain ingredients that are
unfamiliar, unpronounceable, more than five in number or that include
high fructose corn syrup.

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