Friday, 9 July 2010
Eat what stands on one leg
Last week I posted about the S-Policy. My friend Roz commented on her 80/20 rule at the end of the post. I realised then that my 50/50 rule of crap/good food ratio probably does need to improve...
So, I had a pretty good go at not eating Sweets, Seconds or Snacks, except on days that begin with S this week (All of them. Sonday, Suesday, Sednesday, Sursday...) I may have to go to the bottom of the class for my effort.
This week's lesson is an old Chinese Proverb.
p.55 "Eating what stands on one leg [mushrooms and plant foods] is better than eating what stands on two legs [fowl], which is better than eating what stands on four legs [cows, pigs and other mammals]."
This is a great summary of traditional wisdom regarding the relative health-benefits of different categories of food. It does however, inexplicably omit the very healthful and entirely legless fish.
I'm already doing pretty well with this rule. I was a vegetarian for many years. Irritable Bowel Syndrome (yawn) will do that to you. I have gradually re-introduced poultry and other meats (although I still can't do beef or lamb), but I am still pretty reliant on vegetables (especially mushrooms). Most of my cook-books are vegetarian and, thankfully, all of my kids love pulses and legumes. We do meat-free at least 3 times a week in our house.
But like the Chinese proverb, I often leave fish out of my diet. I just don't think of it, and when I do, I have no idea how to cook it.
I eat fish when I dine out.
But with four little kids, dining out is a pretty rare occurence. Note to self: cook at least one meal per week with seafood.
Does tinned tuna count?
How do you stack up with this food rule?