I really enjoyed reading this book. It was so challenging I read it in a day and a half whilst taking notes. There were many 'oh, of course' moments - I like that in a book.
I enjoyed the history lesson it contained. The steady removal of food from our diets, replaced with 'food like substances'. Margarine being the first example of a non-food or imitation food being introduced. Margarine, said to be 'healthier', actually ended up, according to the author, containing trans fats which were more unhealthy than the fats that were trying to avoid in the butter. Pollan also describes margarine as able to include whatever the latest trend may be - 'now with vitamin A and D' or the latest one ' omega 3'. Whatever the trend, it can be added to your marg! I also enjoyed the idea of society being more overweight than ever in a 'low fat' world. I had to laugh at the idea of instead of eating a breakfast cereal that is 'now full of antioxidant' in the form of processed blueberry extract - just eat the blueberry!
Here are the principles from the book that we will take into consideration.
1. Don't eat anything your great grandma wouldn't recognise.
2. Avoid products containing ingredients that are: unfamiliar, unpronounceable, more than 5 in number, have high fructose corn syrup.
3. Avoid products that make health claims. ( usually an indication that it's a non-food. e.g the blueberry)
4. Shop the peripheries of the supermarket and stay out of the middle because this is where the 'food like' substances are. The real food tends to be around the edges.
5. Get out of the supermarket whenever possible. I love this idea - use the fruit shop, butchers, local deli etc.
6. Eat mostly plants, grown well from healthy soils.
7. Consider what what you eat eats.
8. Eat wild when you can
9. Be more French, Italian, Japanese, Indian or Greek in your eating style.
10. Regard non-traditional foods with scepticism.
11. Pay more, eat less. ( quality vs quantity)
12. Eat meals not snacks. ( remember when between meal snacking was a sin? LOL) How we have changed - or marketers have changed us!
13. Do all your eating at the table (Pollan says 1/5 of meals are eaten in the car! )
14. Don't get your fuel from the same place your car does. ( food sold at petrol stations isn't real food!)
15. Try not to eat alone.
16. Consult your gut.
17. Eat slowly ( as in the Slow Food movement)
18. Cook and plant a garden.
What do you think of the principles ? Are they something that you could consider implementing?
I think, looking at the principles, it would make a huge different to our budget and also the amount of packaging coming into our house. Considering that we are attempting to drastically reduce our 'outputs' this year, I think this list will be a great focus tool.