I went to an interesting talk the other night sponsored by Harry W. Schwartz Book Store at Alverno College here in Milwaukee. The guest speaker was Michael Pollan the author of previous books, The Omnivore's Dilemma and The Botany of Desire. He is a graduate of Berkley's school of journalism and is also Knight professor of Journalism at Berkley. Critically acclaimed, Pollan brings forth interesting topics of discussion, how food gets to our table and how we have transitioned from real food to "edible food like substances" no longer the product of nature but of food science. He talked about his new book, In Defense of Food "
I read his last book and got 3/4 of the way through it and had to put it down. Each chapter was an eye-opening learning adventure that was brutally honest, and at times disturbing. In which I started to think I would have to become a pure vegetarian. The book undoubtedly raised awareness of my eating habits, albeit I think I eat quite healthy according to my own education and cultural practices handed down by my European ancestors as well as grandmother. Pollan has spiked a curiosity in me as well as some close friends to investigate further our own practices.
He encourages his audience to explore their own eating habits and gives some simple suggestions on how to start.
Eat things that have five or less ingredients. If it has more, is it really food?
Avoid High Fructose Corn Syrup at all costs.
Take your time eating, enjoy your food! Relax.
Never eat Gas Station Food.
Pollan has certainly sparked a good challenge and many argue against his political claims. I am certainly willing to take the challenge and see how easy or what barriers there are in obtaining a more natural food diet here in America.
I would love to hear from all of you and hope you try this challenge too. Take just one day and try to find foods that have five or less ingredients to eat. I think it would be an eye opening experience for all of my 50 + viewers:)
Things I would like to hear about...
* Let me know how much of it you had to eat before becoming satisfied.
* What barriers or obstacles did you face in obtaining your natural food.
* What was the cost?
* Were you able to obtain it in your place of employment?
* How about at your Doctor's office?
* Is it too much work for you to think of cooking?
* Do you even like to cook or know how?
* Do you even care about what ingredients are in the food you eat?
* BONUS POINTS what kind of sports drink did you find that would sustain you through a race or tough workout.