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"Health" tip of the day

I have a little "health tip of the day" application on my Google homepage.  This morning when I logged on, the tip was "Eat breakfast - it'll stop you from pigging out later on."

How sad is this?  What a negative message.  How about "Eat breakfast - it tastes good and gives you fuel that you need after an 8 hour fast:."  Or "Eat breakfast - start your morning sharing with the people you live with, or contemplating your day, your god, your good fortune to be alive and awake."  Or something like that. 

Our relationship with food in this country has become so adversarial, it's second nature.  Almost every single party - Party!  Celebration! - I've been to as an adult has a group of us talking about our weight and how unhappy we are with it.  I catch myself saying " I shouldn't eat this, but...." way more often than I want to admit. 

I'm currently reading Michael Pollan's "In Defense of Food", which is the most important book I've read in a long time.  One of the over-arching themes of the book is that as we've become more and more obsessed with eating healthily as a nation, we've become less and less healthy.  Definite "food" for thought. 

There's so much more to say on this topic, but right now I'm finishing the bread and butter that I made last night (10 minutes, tops, actual labor time) and enjoying my coffee with the cats before heading in to work. 


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Mar. 19th, 2009 02:41 pm (UTC)
A lot of what Pollan is saying is that the bread should be friends with you, too. He hypothesizes that one reason we overeat is that our bodies are telling us we still haven't gotten what we really need from the food, because we (America, primarily) have so refined the nutrients out of our food that all that is left is calories, and whatever nutrient-of-the-month scientists are studying (oat bran a couple years ago, omega-3 fats today) that gets put back in or artificially introduced.

I think you'd really appreciate this book, it's a pretty fascinating read.
Mar. 23rd, 2009 03:40 pm (UTC)
I SO need to read that book.

When I switched to diet soda, I read something warning me that it would just make me hungry because I'd get the taste of sugar without the sugar. Sure 'nough.

Once in a while I have this moment of clarity where I realize that if I stopped obsessing and just cooked all the time (whatever I felt like cooking, not just lowfat recipes) and laid off the pre-packaged foods, I would probably be just fine.
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