Hi- if you read one book this year (well hoping you read more than one- support your local bookseller!) make it this one- Food Rules An Eater’s Manual (Michael Pollan). Yes here we are in 2010 needing a manual.
This is an easily accessible abridged version of his In Defence Of Food. He narrated Food Inc.-great movie-take everyone you know to see it. Food Rules is published in a gorgeous old Penguin B format which looks like a facsimile….the design suits the content- that is getting back to basics and thinking about food like our great grandmothers!
Why? Their generation spent less money on health care and more on healthy food…as they would say “better to pay the grocer- than the doctor” and another personal fave saying from the book -rule no 37 “the whiter the bread, the sooner you’ll be dead”
We’ve reversed this food/health balance…the less we spend on food (eg cheap served through the car window food and processed supermarket food) the more we all spend on health care… and my own personal gripe- if food and nutrition are SO important why is this ignored by doctors, who seem to consider nutrition and healthy disease controlling food choices as some sort of black magic.
There is a lot of wisdom in Food Rules and its relevance to us green smoothie drinkers is ALL of his 64 rules relate to why we drink green smoothies…so here’s the short version-
1.eat food- eg the real stuff- not the “edible foodlike substances” as he calls them that are sold in the supermarket
2.don’t eat anything that your great grandmother wouldn’t recognise as food- imagine she’s next to you in the supermarket looking in your trolley!
3.avoid food products containing ingredients that a third grader can’t pronounce and avoid food products with more than 5 ingredients-the rule is the longer the list of ingredients avoid it.
4.eat foods that eventually rot- food is alive and should eventually die. The more processed a food is = a longer shelf life= less nutrition (except honey- lasts for centuries!)
5.get out of the supermarket- keep it local/fresh where you will find fresh whole foods harvested at the peak of their taste and nutritional content- the kind your great grandmother would recognise and the food that will eventually rot and die…
6.if it came from a plant eat it; if it was made in a plant, don’t. Can you see or picture the ingredients growing in their natural state?
7.eat wild foods when you can- eg wild greens are some of the most nutritious plants in the world. These greens are not bred for shelf life so have higher levels of everything.
8.eat sweet foods as you find them in nature- eat the whole fruit that comes prepackaged with the fibre (not juiced)
Here are his basic rules as summed up by the author.
Eat food, not too much and mostly plants. (Especially leaves!! rule number 22.)
So there’s the whole green smoothie philosophy right there in 8 words! Enjoy…
here’s Pollan’s version of Food Rules from NY Times readers here http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2009/10/11/magazine/20091011-foodrules.html