Friday, February 26, 2010

Food RULES!!!

For the most part on this blog, I try to keep it fun and light.  Cooking and food are passions of mine - and a big part of my life, my family, and my relationships.  It makes me happy to create food, and share it with the people I care about...and build relationships with readers, other bloggers, and meet like-minded foodies and home cooks.

But now I'm going to get up on the soapbox for a minute.  I promise I won't do this often.  (This makes me think of those times in middle school when someone in one of those performance troupes would say "hey, let's rap about this for a minute" then turn a chair around and sit on it backwards - and then you would talk about saying no to drugs or something....which reminds me of a episode of Family Guy....but I digress....)

I recently read a post on Kate in the Kitchen that started a discussion of Michael Pollan's  Food Rules, and also detailed her own 'food rules' .  It just got me thinking.  I think it is remarkable how much she does to ensure that she is giving her family the best possible food in terms of nutrition and low processing....and its just the tip of the iceberg of what she would like to do!! I think she delved very well into a very interesting part of the food dialogue. And I think - as a lover of food (food RULES!) it's my responsibility to use my forum to talk about it too.

 
I invite you to browse over to her site and read a little bit more about her 'food rules'.  Then come back and leave me a comment!  I want to know more about your 'food rules'.  What are some things that you do to control the food that you bring into your home, your body, and the food that you feed to your family and friends.  This is a no-judgement zone because there is no 'right' answer.  It's whatever you deem important and what works for you...and if you don't have rules, that's fine too!  I just want to hear your thoughts.

I'll start...
  • I *try* to eat as little processed food as possible.  Since I do cook a lot of rich meals and side dishes, I prefer for that to be my indulgence...I like to know exactly what is in my food because I put it there.  
  • I avoid processed foods with high fructose corn syrup and trans fat.  
    • I avoid the HFHC's primarily because I have a really low tolerance to sugar and even a little bit makes me go on a chocolate chip cookie BINGE...I don't even add sugar to coffee or tea.  
  • I try and take a lunch to work every day - both for health reasons and money saving reasons; but I do slip sometimes during busy times, and just try to make the best choice from what is available.  
  • I strive to have a few meatless meals a week; and I encourage those around me to do the same
  • I like to eat all my veggies and fruits for the day....and then I don't feel so bad about all the butter :)
  • I want to eat less mass-produced meats (this is new after watching Food Inc)
  • I don't drink soda - maybe 1 cup every couple months.  Just never was a fan - more of a water/milk type of gal
I realize that there are a lot of qualifiers in there, but its life.  You can't be perfect all of the time.  The best any of us can be is aware of our choices, how they effect our bodies, how they effect the environment.  And make the best choices we can for ourselves in most circumstances

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