“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants,” is Michael Pollan’s credo from his New York Times’ bestseller, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. It is a follow-up to his book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma, which I, admittedly, have not read… yet. In Defense of Food is a thoroughly-researched and cogent cry for changing our dietary habits back to what our grandparents practiced. Pollan argues so much of what we are eating now does not meet the criteria for food. The emphasis on “nutritionism” has robbed us of the wisdom contained in whole foods. The American diet is heavily based on three over-hybridized crops: wheat, soybeans, and corn, which are not nutritionally dense. He points out that by consuming the American diet, we can be both overfed and undernourished. Michael Pollan also makes a good case for returning to the joy of eating food.
Here, praise for In Defense of Food.
Chefs like Dan Barber also advocate bringing pleasure back to eating. During an interview on November 5, 2010, at Beth-El Zedeck synagogue, Chef Barber speaks about the pleasure of eating. Krista Tippett radio host of On Being, speaks to him at length about his gastronomic evolution. Chef Barber stresses that what tastes best is also the most nutritious, and is the most sustainable way of growing food. He continues to keep clear the trail blazed by Alice Waters, and her “California Cuisine” movement of the 1970s.
You can bring more pleasure to your eating experience and become more healthy at the same time. You can take part in the Community Supported Agriculture programs (CSAs). As your budget allows, you can buy organic food from local sources, at farmers’ markets, and grocery stores. You can grow your own food in your own garden or, if you live in an apartment, you can grow herbs and some vegetables in containers. More and more urban environments have community gardens; an amazing example is Will Allen’s, Growing Power, located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
So please be kind to your body by eating nutrient-dense, healthy, real food. It will make for a healthier communit, and your taste buds will be happier.
Give me spots on my apples, but leave me the birds and the bees. ~Joni Mitchell, from her song,”Big Yellow Taxi.”