A Quick Bite of Food Wisdom
In America and much of the developed world, food marketers shape our perceptions of food and influence what we eat, why we eat, and how we eat. And this kind of manipulation of our senses has pushed us away from what’s healthy and natural and toward what’s quick, easy, and often unhealthy.
For generations, food was a staple of life, and we ate to live. Certainly, food has always given people pleasure and has been a big part of social life and social functions. Until the last century, though, food was always harvested from the ground or raised on farms. It was not produced or engineered to the extent that agribusiness does today.
In today’s world, many of us now live to eat, mindlessly munching away because food preparation is no longer a required part of the process of eating. This often leads to unhealthy eating habits with secondary consequences that are detrimental to our health and well being. Many of us no longer know what to eat nor how much is appropriate. And we often rely on supplements to be healthy, while ideally nutrients should be ingested from foods.
So with all of that in mind, I’d like to share with you a few profound thoughts from an excellent book by Michael Pollan, Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual. These five simple rules can help you rediscover healthy eating habits on your road to a new and improved you.
1) Avoid foods you see advertised on television.
2) If it came from a plant, eat it, and if it was made in a plant, don’t.
3) If a third grader can’t pronounce an ingredient, it’s probably not a real food.
4) Eat when you are hungry, not when you are bored.
5) Do all of your eating at a table (not a desk, in a car, or while watching television).
Not only will considering Pollan’s rules help you prepare your body for pregnancy, but also when you are pregnant, you will be in the habit of healthy eating for the benefit of your baby.