On Food and Eating
The other night Jeremy told me he was in the mood to make cupcakes. We were at Target and the trip lasted later in the evening than we wanted, so at the end, we stopped in the “grocery” section and were considering the easy way out–purchasing some Hostess cupcakes.
“But do I really need a whole box?” Jeremy asked.
“Well, it is only eight of them,” I said. I was trying to be a supportive wife.
While we sat there debating whether or not we would actually buy them, Owen noticed the aisle that we were on and pointed excitedly to the Hostess Zingers.
“Look! It’s traveling snacks, for when we are traveling in our car!”
“You’re very right Owen.” We said and moved along from the snack-y cake aisle.
That moment made me happy for a number of reasons. First, Owen recognized packaged convenience foods as something that we don’t buy regularly, and he wasn’t going to even ask for them. But second, that he recognized them as something that we do allow them to get once in a while for special occasions, like a family road trip.
This is really what Jeremy and I want: moderation in all things. We really try to eat healthy and natural and eat “real food.” But yet we don’t want to be crazies.
They all share some similar themes. They talk about how much-processed food Americans eat and how much of that processed food is corn and soy-product based. How the corn growers vs. government situation are totally out of control. How this impacts the meat products sold in this country, and how unhealthy that whole system is. . .
It’s alarming, thought-provoking and frustrating all at the same time. Really, leaving the question of what’s a person supposed to do about food?
That’s why I liked this one:
This one had the answers to what a person was supposed to do. “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants,” explained in a few hundred additional and interesting pages. But the reason I liked it so much was that so much of this book was so intuitive to me. It just made sense.
Michael Pollan himself wonders in the book why we feel like we need anyone else to tell us what to eat.
There are so many lifestyle-diets out there that lay out a wacky food philosophy and then go into all these complicated explanations and obscure examples to explain their reasoning and why their idea has to be right. Things that leave me scratching my head thinking, “Did all that ‘science’ actually add up, and can that really be right?”
I personally believe in God and that he created our bodies and expects us to respect and care for them. Therefore I don’t believe that God intended that the principles of feeding our bodies would be such a complex thing that we would require “experts” to lay each calorie out for us.
And as God created the earth, that’s the place I believe I will find good nutrition. Plants that grow on the earth and animals that live on the earth. And from an evolutionary standpoint, it would also make sense that our bodies would be able to be sustained by the things of our environment–not that we should require eliminations of whole groups of intuitive food sources, or necessitate scientifically calculated dietary supplements in order to actually maintain health.
See?! I already sound like a crazy, and that’s just from me saying I want to eat food from nature, and not listen to people who tell me not to eat meat, or dairy, or whole grains or the ones who insist that I can only be really healthy from eating things made by scientist who engineered the food and supplements to provide perfectly for the needs of the human body (at least–as far as we understand the body this year. . .).
So although I want to eat healthily, Michael Pollan talks about the serious problem we have in our country about stressing too much over food and nutrition. So I really don’t want to do that. I just want to eat healthy most of the time.
So here’s my youngest, happy as can be after eating handfuls of yummy delicious red raspberries:
And here’s my oldest, happily and tenderly caressing the most recent addition to our shelf-stable “food” supply:
And I don’t feel guilty at all. .moderation baby.