Day 27 – Rules to eat by

27 01 2010

I need to remember to check the weather forecast more closely. Following my running plan, I did a Classical Stretch episode and a very long walk with my energetic lab today. Had I known a snow storm was coming tomorrow – when I am supposed to run 5 miles – I would have swapped those days. Can I run in the snow for that long? Will let you know…

I have an ever-growing list of books on my reading list that I am determined to get through this year. I read ABOUT books online and in the Sunday paper all the time, but rarely allow myself time to sit and read. In the name of research, I requested a sizable stack from the library’s bookmobile — the great RV that pulls into my neighborhood weekly since we’re 10 miles from a library. I guess even well-read people are lazy!

The first in the stack was Michael Pollan’s Food Rules, which everyone in the U.S. should read asap. He also wrote The Omnivores Dilemma and In Defense of Food (still on my reading list).

This Huffington Post article by Pollan – “‘Food Rules:’ A Completely Different Way to Fix the Healthcare Crisis” gives you a great preview.

I really read it in under an hour and may read it aloud to my husband, so he is more on board with the changes I have gradually made in our pantry over the last several years. He complains about higher grocery bills, less meat in our dinners and MY longstanding rules outlawing high fructose corn syrup. This book should prove to him that I am not a crazy mom needlessly robbing our children of the pleasures of our youth like Pop Tarts and Lucky Charms. Pollan says he wrote the book as a shortcut for those who won’t wade through thicker books on nutrition. Perfect for those of us who want to simplify our diets AND our lives.

A few of my favorites:
“#7 – Avoid food products containing ingredients that a third-grade cannot pronounce.” My third-grader (who loves raw peppers, fish, rice cakes and salad) will like testing this one!

“#20 – It’s not food if it arrived through the window of your car.” My kindergartener (who loves anything from a box with a prize) will detest testing this one!

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28 01 2010
Christy

Great post – I could not agree more! I watched Food Inc. recently and became a vegetarian the next day (but just for a day)! I’ve been struggling with what to eat because protein is such a key element to my diet. But since watching it, I won’t buy chicken or beef from the store unless I know it was humanely raised. Tough to do in Parkersburg.

Pollan was on Oprah yesterday, and she has a special deal set up through Amazon.com to get Food Inc. for $9.99 until Friday. That may be easier than reading aloud to your husband 🙂

28 01 2010
Kelly

I have Food Inc in the library stack on my counter too – a much thicker book! May have to just rent it for movie night with Scott… I don’t really want to be a vegetarian – just moderation (which Pollan promotes). Have you been to Brighter Day in Marietta? Maybe they know of a local source for good meat? Thanks for reading my ramblings Christy : )

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