Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Pollan's Guidelines for Eating

Cheaper Than Therapy has a great synopsis of some guidelines for eating from author Michael Pollan's In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto. I haven't read the book (yet) but I have heard a lot of great press that - if the below is any indicator - seems fully justified.

(Pollan's point is in bold, Cheaper Than Therapy's note are below that.)

Pay More, Eat Less
I know, in a recession we are already following this principle. But, according to Pollan, this is about quality vs. quantity. We are a Sam's Club economy believing more and bigger is better. But, just maybe... better is better. Shrink the portions and eat better quality food. Overeating is killing us because we have no internal cues to stop us from eating. We eat until the food is gone, not until we are "no longer hungry" and then wonder why we are fat. Pollan is at his best during this section (183). 

Eat Meals
Sit at a table, with others (if possible), not in front of a TV or in a car. Slow down. Not only should we sit to eat (together). We should eat something prepared, not taken from a freezer and warmed by microwave, each person in the family eating their favorite prepared food-like substance (189). 

Do all your eating at a table
Not a desk (192). 

Don't get your fuel from the same place your car does
I love this one. Gas stations make more money from snack foods than selling gas. As Pollan says, they sell the car and us the same processed corn- ethanol for the auto and high-fructose corn syrup for us (192). 

Try not to eat alone
This can be difficult, but the shared meal keeps us from eating as much and makes us human (not just animal). it is part of the difference between feeding (bad) and eating (good)(192)

Consult your gut
Our gut should tell us what to eat and how much, not the portion size on the plate, the television show or our eyes. Follow the 3/4 full principle. When you are 3/4 full...Stop eating (192). 

Eat Slowly
Be deliberate. Enjoy your food. Be mindful. Don't gorge yourself (194). 

Cook and, if you can, plant a garden
We live in the city on a small lot and have a garden. If you have a piece of land, a porch, a ledge, or a balcony- you can have a garden. Food should not be fast, cheap and easy. It connects us to nature, others and our own bodies. Take the time to cook a meal, especially if you have planted something. In today's world, it is an active state of rebellion and resistance- and its saves money (197).

c/o Jordon Cooper

1 comment:

Malcolm Johnson said...

it's a great book. definitely worth the read.