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From Michael Pollan, the bestselling author of The Omnivore’s Dilemma, 12 New Eating Resolutions for the New Year:

  1. Don’t eat anything your grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.
  2. Avoid foods containing ingredients you can’t pronounce.
  3. Dont’ eat anything that won’t eventually rot.
  4. Avoid food products that carry health claims.
  5. Shop the peripheries of the supermarket; stay out of the middle.
  6. Better yet, buy food somewhere else: the farmer’s market or CSA.
  7. Pay more, eat less.
  8. Eat a wide diversity of species.
  9. Eat food from animals that eat grass.
  10. Cook and, if you can, grow some of your own food.
  11. Eat meals and eat them only at tables.
  12. Eat deliberately, with other people whenever possible, and always with pleasure.

Another great list for a more sustainable earth. All twelve items on the list, I have followed religiously, my entire life. This is how I was raised.

How about the folks for whom this way of eating is totally foreign? Can they relate to such a list? Do they care? And even if they are interested, will they just read the list, and soon forget about it?

Today, I am hitting a red wall. Questioning the value of the written words to change people’s habits. Is Michael Pollan preaching to the choir with all his books? Is blogging a waste of time? I am growing more and more impatient with myself. Wanting to make a difference. Getting closer and closer to a resolution, and still not quite there yet.

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Once a week, Prad and I go out to dinner to Il Fornaio, our favorite Italian eatery in town. Last time, we went with the children. Everybody was hungry, and we forgot our habit of splitting every order in half. We ended dinner with most of our plates still half full. And a doggy bag to take the stuff home. America is the only country I know, with doggy bags. One could say, it is a great way to avoid food being thrown away. I look at it differently, as another manifestation of the super size phenomenon. I can’t count the number of times when our doggy bags’ remnants linger in the fridge, until we end up throwing them away.

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