1.Don’t eat anything your great grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food. “When you pick up that box of portable yogurt tubes, or eat something with 15 ingredients you can’t pronounce, ask yourself, “What are those things doing there?” Pollan says.
2.Don’t eat anything with more than five ingredients, or ingredients you can’t pronounce. Or, as they put it on the show…that a third graader can’t pronounce.
3.Stay out of the middle of the supermarket; shop on the perimeter of the store. Real food tends to be on the outer edge of the store near the loading docks, where it can be replaced with fresh foods when it goes bad.
4. Don’t eat anything that won’t eventually rot. “There are exceptions — honey — but as a rule, things like Twinkies that never go bad aren’t food,” Pollan says.
5.It is not just what you eat but how you eat. “Always leave the table a little hungry,” Pollan says. “Many cultures have rules that you stop eating before you are full. In Japan, they say eat until you are four-fifths full. Islamic culture has a similar rule, and in German culture they say, ‘Tie off the sack before it’s full.'”
6.Families traditionally ate together, around a table and not a TV, at regular meal times. It’s a good tradition. Enjoy meals with the people you love. “Remember when eating between meals felt wrong?” Pollan asks.
7.Don’t buy food where you buy your gasoline. In the U.S., 20% of food is eaten in the car.
I think I want to go free range and natural. But, with my convictions about waste, how do I use up the food already in my house and not throw it out, but make the transition? I mean seriously this show made me think really hard.
I’ve recently become obsessed with Arbonne and one of my favorite things about them is that their products are Vegan. Think about it. If you are using a product every day (make up, facial cleansers, etc) why not think about the ingredients in them. Dont you want to be able to pronounce them? I’ve always said that I would be the mother that made homemade baby food. One, I think it would be fun, but two, you can control what’s in it and what your are feeding your kid. Then, I thought…why would I make those sacrifices for my kid and not for myself. What image would that send them? Think about it…
I’m not going full out here or anything, but I have really been thinking about how much we tear up our body by going for convenience and price. Sometimes, you dont have a choice and I get that. Sometimes, the income is not there and you have to go with the cheap stuff, but if it is and you can sacfirice just a little, isnt it so worth it?
For instance, I recently bought some of this product and this product and when combined with natural peanut butter, agave nectar and some cooking oats, you get these really yummy protein bars…that are homemade. Those are all products that I can turn over to the back and pronounce and recognize every ingredient that is in them…really, how good does that make me feel. Plus, I had so much fun making my own protein bars. I have them in little baggies in my fridge and I pick one up every morning when I grab my yogurt and go. Its so fun and they taste so good. When I first tried them, I thought they were as good as any candy bar I had tasted and the protein and fiber count in them is so amazing! (Mine are not as good as the lady who made them when I discovered them, but I’m working on perfecting my ingredient portions!)
I’m just saying we all have a choice of what we put in our bodies. If you’ve ever eaten a meal with me, you know I’m not afraid of desserts, fried foods, enriched white flour, or other things that we dont need to be eating, but I want to be better. I want to think about it and I’m vowing to do better. Think about it!
In other news, I need a tutor for blogspot…how do I make my links more visible? And, for pete’s sake where is the dumb spell checker…I’ve tried the help option on here and I’ve even sent in a question…if someone has “blogspot” connections, hook a sister up!