Saturday, August 13, 2011

Thinking and Reading and Growing

 "Eat food.  Not too much.  Mostly Plants" ~Michael Pollan

I know I have said it before but I take how I choose to feed myself very seriously.  I believe it is the most important choice I can make and I make that choice three or more times a day. 

How I choose to feed myself has a huge impact on the enviornment, my community, animal wellfare, water conservation, land development not to mention my own health and vitality.  I can't think of a topic that deserves more careful thought and consideration.

I am constantly growing as far as my own personal food philosophy goes.  The more I read and learn about all the different asspects of the food system, nutrition and new cooking (or un-cooking) techniques the more my food philosophy evolves.

This has been taking up so much mind space for me here lately that I am almost having trouble keeping up with all the new ideas.  But I think maybe I should be making a better effort to document what I am learning and how my food philosophy is changing.  I talked a little bit about that in my last post a couple weeks ago but I am going to make a bigger effort to share and document my journey a little better on this blog. 

So with that in mind I thought I would put together a link post of some of the great stuff I have been reading recently about food.

I have recently spent a good about of time at the website of Michael Pollan the author of In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto and The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals as well as others.  He has some really interesting things to say about our food system and other related food topics. Here are a couple of my favorite articles of his.
  • Out of the Kitchen, Onto the Couch - Some really interesting observations about the trend of people spending significantly less time in the kitchen cooking while at the same time cooking shows are rising in popularity.
  • Farmer in Chief - A letter to the new President Obama regarding what should be considered a top priority for our government: Food Policy.
  • Unhappy Meals - If you are not up to investing the time to read one of Michael Pollans books, just read this article.  It pretty much sums up a lot of his ideas.
Some other great stuff I have been reading from other sources:
  • Why is White Refined Sugar Unhealthy? - If you are not exactly sure what the big fuss is about as far as sugar goes check this out.  She has some good information of her own and some great links as well for further reading.  The best link of the bunch would have to be this one.  You won't ever look at sugar the same way after reading it.  It was a game changer for me.
  • The Only Healthy Eating Guide You'll Ever Need - Its a good one.  I think I might change a couple things here and there.  Maybe I will have to put together my own guide at some point :)
  • Protein for Vegans: A Fresh Approach to Getting Enough - Its funny how we tend to categorize foods.  Meat is protein, grains are carbs. Lentils are proteins, vegetables are carbs etc...  Just because a food is a good source of carbs does not mean that is the only thing it has to offer nutritionally.  You have to look at the whole picture.  As far as I'm concerned, as long as it's a whole food you really can't go wrong.
  • The Moderation Trap - I love this post.  It is so true that the phrase 'in moderation' can lead down a  very slippery slope.
  • Junk Food Isn't Healthy; Health Food Isn't Healthy - This is one of the best links of the lot.  This post is all about what it really means to have a healthy diet.
  • Choosing Raw - Not a link to a specific article but I have been really enjoying this blog. I have spent a good amount of time digging around in the archives.  I love her attitude about choosing cooked vs raw food (no need to go 100% raw, do what seems manageable to you and makes you feel healthy!).  There are some great recipes and all sorts of great information here.  I just love it!

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