I have been thinking about eating this summer. I have always considered myself a healthy cook and eater, but I have been thinking and trying to be even more this way. I read In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan, and it made a lot of sense to me. His message is boiled down to this: "Eat food, not too much, mostly plants."
So I have reduced but not eliminated my chicken, fish and meat intake, and ramped up my fresh fruits and veggies. I have tried as much as possible to stop eating multi-ingredient manufactured foods. If it has lots of packaging, ingredients I can't pronounce, or makes outlandish health claims on its excessive packaging, I do not eat it. I didn't eat a lot of that stuff before, but now I pretty much don't eat it. I don't miss it.
Cooking fresh and clean takes a bit more work and thought, but it is so tasty and nourishing. I have lost weight and have better energy and I just feel generally happier and better. It feels good to be truly hungry before I eat, and to satisfy that hunger with something that is really worth it both in terms of flavour and nutrition. I am packing my lunch more frequently and enjoy food shopping and cooking more than I did before.
A favourite source of recipes is the New York Times, ever since my Dad began sending me recipe links. Now I find out that the Times food columnist Mark Bittman whose Minimalist recipes are the greatest (he wrote the 101 salads article) has a book too. So now I'm going to read Food Matters.
Maybe I'll share a recipe or two as I go, or a foodie photo feature. mmmmm
question: what do you like to cook and eat these days?
mompoet - giggling at the thought of eating in a way that reduces greenhouse gas