Friday, 2 July 2010
Anyway, this Mr Pollan writes really simple and great books about food. Not recipes. Not straight dieting. Just good sense about what to eat and why. He is a strong advocate for eating food. Real food.
I think I have mentioned that I have been thinking a lot about the family's diet lately. We eat good meals, but I have been a little heavy handed with the refined sugar snacks lately with the kids. I want to learn to bake and commit to making more things from scratch (I draw the line at home made pasta or yoghurt though). I was at the bookshop, looking for inspiration (as you do) and I picked up MP's book, Food Rules - An eater's manual (2009) this week. It is just what I need at the moment. A small book packed full of pearls of wisdom.
I thought I would share my favourite thus far:
Treat treats as treats.
" There is nothing wrong with special occasion foods, as long as every day is not a special occasion. This is another case where the outsourcing of our food preparation to corporations has gotten us into trouble: It's made formerly expensive or time-consuming foods...easy and readily accessible. Frying chicken is so much trouble that people didnt use to make it unless they had guests...The amount of work involved kept the frequency of indulgence in check. These special occasion foods offer some of the great pleasures of life, so we shouldn't deprive ourselves of them, but the sense of occasion needs to be restored. One way is to start making these foods yourself; if you bake dessert yourself, you won't go to that much trouble everyday. Another is to limit your consumption of such foods to weekends or social occasions. Some people follow a so-called S policy: no snacks, no seconds, no sweets - except on days that begin with the letter S"
See. Simple, sensible advice.
I had a beautician once (yes. I actually used to have time for such things) who said to me that I should be diligent with diet and exercise during the week and live freely at the weekend (a similar idea to MP's).
Have you got any such advice that you live by?
* I got the image from Michael Pollan's blog: http://michaelpollan.com/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/fr-3.jpg