Hello everyone! I have recently been made funemployed after my short stint working in retail over Christmas and as I currently look for my dream job or wait for my next big adventure abroad I have been using my free time to enjoy things I usually don't t get the time to do like read! This week I decided to read Michael Pollan's 'In Defence of Food'. It is an amazing book so well written and it just makes so much sense. Through reading the book and through recently becoming more involved with like minded people I have become genuinely inspired to change my eating patterns for the best. For the past few years I have suffered with stomach problems, I have had various blood tests done, had an ultrasound and nothing worked. While reading the book I realised maybe its just because so much of what I consume isn't really food. I try to eat healthy and well but realistically I could do a lot better. Also last night I went to a screening of a documentary called 'Best before'. the documentary showed how people were taking control back from supermarkets about their food and I am going to do the same, screw you Tesco! So, I am setting myself a challenge to follow Michael Pollan's rules, they are:
'Eat food.Not too much. Mostly Plants.'
Now that may seem easy but as he rightly points out a lot of the 'food' on the shelves today isn't really food more of a combination of chemicals that tricks our mind into thinking its food and leaves us overweight and under-nourished. So here are some of the stricter guidelines I will try to follow:
- Only eat food that your great grandmother would recognise
- Avoid food products containing ingredients that are a) unfamiliar b) unpronounceable (try get your tongue around 'azodicarbonamide') c) more than 5 in number or d) contain high fructose corn syrup
For example would you consider a bread with this many ingredients to be a 'whole' food? (Second half of the page is the ingredient list and it continues over the page....)
- Get out of the supermarkets whenever possible. As it happens I love farmers markets and also am discovering that they aren't as expensive as you think. Today I got a beautiful bunch of Kale at a farmers market for just €1! Just look at how pretty it is?
- Eat mostly plants, especially leaves. Did you not see the pretty Kale? I am going to try eat at least one portion of leaves a day and eat lots and lots of fruit and vegetables.
- Eat wild foods when you can. I have made nettle soup before and I can do it again. I also really want to go foraging for mushrooms.
- Eat more like the French, the Italians or really any nation that truly appreciates food. There really is truth to this I have spent lots of time in France and they really love their food and their nutella yet them seem to get the balance right. Also I spent a month travelling around Italy primarily eating pizza and gelato and actually lost weight!
- Have a glass of wine with dinner-one thing I don't have to worry about!
- Eat less meat-I am going to restrict myself to three portions of meat a week which is quite a challenge for me as oftentimes I eat three portions of meat a day. But I love fish so eating more of that will be good.
There are more rules which I will post as I go but I think that's enough thus far. If anyone has any advice that would be great!