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Only eat what you prepare – What a thrilling idea!

I’m in the middle of reading “Cooked” by Michael Pollan. If you are a follower of this blog, you should be painfully aware that I firmly believe in what Pollan preaches (both in this book and in “The Omnivore’s Dilemma”).

Here is my favorite moment from the book so far. I’m going to strive to live it – I challenge you to do the same.

Pollan is asking Harry Balzer how he would suggest changing the eating habits to help American’s undo some of the damage the current modern industrialized food diet has caused. Balzer’s answer:

“Easy. You want Americans to eat less? I have the diet for you. Cook it yourself. Eat anything you want–just as long as you’re willing to cook it yourself.”

Next time you reach for the cookies, cake, tortilla chips, candy and numerous other “quick” food items, think of that one statement. If you had to cook the cake before you could eat it: go to the store, get the ingredients, prepare the batter, wait for it to be done baking and only THEN could eat the cake – would you still go through the trouble? I know it would reduce the number of unhealthy foods going into my body.

Great book – you should read it.