Food

Let me first preface this post by saying, this post has NOTHING to do with corporate training, elearning, etc.

I want to share with you an “ah ha” moment I had today.  I was hanging out in Powell’s over at the Cedar Hills Shopping center.  killing time until I could go home (Note:  We’re in the process of selling our house so Sundays mean an open house, dogs at daycare, me, not home).  Ok so I’m walking around checking out books of interest and I come across the Book “In Defense of Food” by Michael Pollan.  I  think I was attracted to the book because it was lunch time and the book has a giant head of lettuce on it.  In any case, I open the book and skim the front flap to determine if I’m interested.  The sort of it is that this guy was basically saying, “We need to get back to real food, you know, the kind grandma used to make”.  I stood there and that’s when I had the “ah ha” moment.  Not because the thought was something epiphanal but because here was someone that agreed with me, or I agreed with him.

I’ve often wondered about our food supply and the impacts of all the “fat-free, no calorie” sorts of things.  I know too that many people purchase processed foods for convenience and because for some reason they like American cheese (This I’ll never understand).  I’d rather grow tomatoes in my garden and them cook them into a wonderful sauce and freeze it for later than have a ton of processed stuff.  I know I’m a different person, because I love to cool and I LOVE to bake.  I remember the 70’s when my mom, as did most moms; canned fruit and vegetables, made make-a-mix stuff and did a lot more to make the prep time for a healthy meal a lot less.  It seems that in this day an age, it’s all about picking up something at the grocery store, throwing it in the oven and then the table.  By taking the “easy way out” a person increases their waste (e.g. plastic containers), consumes a product with less nutritional value and often spends more money for it.  Nuts, if you ask me.

Ok, I’ve digressed from the topic and my point.  Reading that flap made me think of all the things going on in the world today e.g. going green, organic vs. non-organic, etc.  It’s great to have the conveniences that we do with food but we have to know and measure the cost.  As with any technology or advancement there are pros and cons.  What will the impact of processed food and now cloned meat (I’m not touching that one)?  I mean, will these things be good for us?  Are we getting closer to eating like the Jetson’s, remember the little pill they took for all their food?  Is that a good thing?  What’s wrong with eating “real” food?

Here’s my final point, I think I need to buy this book and read it. Just reading the flap further encourages me to cook in a healthy way, with real food, like grandma and like my mom.

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