Educate Yourself

I’m slightly more than a bit of a bookworm. Frankly, I’m nearly constantly reading. And needless to say a lot of what I read is related to food. Here are some of the best:

Naturally Thin by Bethenny Frankel

I love Bethenny. Real Housewives. Bethenny Getting Married. Yeah, I watch them both. But I don’t just love Bethenny because of her sharp tongued wit. I love her because everything in this book is genius. 
Well, maybe not genius. It’s more commonsense. She doesn’t tell you what to eat or when to eat or how much to eat. She lays out 10 rules for eating that make perfect sense. Things like eat real food, know your weaknesses and avoid them, don’t let yourself become ravenous, and eat what you really want to rather than what you think you should. I think the only way she tells your what to eat is by saying that you should start your meal off with a vegetable and to eat sugary things with protein to balance your blood sugar. But honestly, neither of those are hard.
After reading this book I dropped 10 lbs and it didn’t even feel like I was trying. 

Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin

While the name was a bit of a turn off, these women deliver tough love to the max. They tell it like it is about what you should and shouldn’t be eating. But these women aren’t just bitching and scolding for the fun of it–they have science to back it up. And they have slaughterhouse testimonials, too.
This book will scare you in so many ways, but that might just be what some people need.

In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan

This book is scientific. Scary. Honest. Long. A tad confusing. But it needs to be all of those things to explain to us something that is so hard to swallow–in all these decades of food science, of breaking things down to vitamins and nutrients, of government issued health claims and “natural” labels, we haven’t learned a damn thing except how to base the majority of our daily calories on two crops (corn and soybeans). 
Pollan uses a whole heaping handful of scientific studies, government reports, and historical and anthropological data to prove all of this. But he goes further than just to tear down everything we believe. He points us in the direction of health, and that direction is straight back to our ancestors. 
While I don’t yet know how I feel about everything Pollan says and whether or not I believe worrying about nutrients and taking vitamins is the root of all illness, he gives you plenty to chew on. 

The Man Who Ate Everything by Jeffery Steingarten

This is a book for foodies by the ultimate foodie. Jeffery’s curiosity about food — about what and how much is necessary to survive, what makes a dish perfect, and what lengths he is willing to go to experience a food — is boundless and amazing. This is a book for people who really truly love food, the best food, all food. 


In addition to worming my way through books I also enjoy some time in front of the tube. And once again, I’m no stranger to food-related programming:

Food, Inc.

This tends to be the first conscious-, healthy-eating movie people watch, and with good reason. The movie deals with the production of food from all facets and shows the true difficulties in feeding a population as big as ours with little money and screwy regulations. If you only take one thing away from this movie let me be that with each ding of the register, with each plate of food we eat we are casting our vote.

The Cove

Do not watch this movie if you are the type to faint at the sight of blood. Do not watch this movie if you expect to see a lot of Hayden Panettierre. Do watch this movie if you are prepared to have everything you think about cultural eating, use of animals and government regulations questioned.
While this deals specifically with the actions of the Japanese dolphin hunters everything that it shows to be absurd and harmful can also be applied to the way we live and eat and interact with the world. 

I Like Killing Flies

An offbeat documentary about an offbeat man and his family and their quirky, practically members only New York City restaurant. The restaurant portrayed in this film, Shopsins, is one of true experience, true people, and questionable food safety. It’s just something you have to watch to understand.

Food Matters

Be warned: the approach to food and health and medicine in this movie is not for the faint of heart. The scientists in this movie recommend abandoning almost all Western medicine in favor of dietary changes and supplements. They say that eating anything less than a 51% raw food diet is depleting your body of vital nutrients. And they say a few more crazy things. 
Needless to say, few people will adopt their approach to health. But even if you don’t see eye-to-eye with these hardcore types, the documentary might be worth a watch simply to open your eyes to the full extent of how diet dictates our lives. 

Comments

  1. Natural food is an essential for our good health. It makes our body fit what is useful to express out body beauty. Thanks a lot for the educative dealing!

Speak Your Mind

*