Friday, February 16, 2007

Eating

Is your scale telling you bad things two weeks after the Super Bowl? A blogger friend, very concerned after reading my post on Super Bowl food, has sent a link to an article on nutrition. You can enlighten yourself and read the entire article by clicking here.

Also, the BBC has been running a nutrition series which has been all the rage worldwide. Unfortunately it is only available to residents in Great Britain--that is, unless you use a technical workaround suggested by Amit Agarwal. To use the workaround and see the series, just click here.

The long article on nutrition boils down to this

1. Eat Food - Old fashioned food, food that could have come out of your grandmother's kitchen and not a cardboard box.

2. Forget food that has health claims. Remember that the American Heart Association makes money from endorsing food.

3. Don't eat food that has ingredients that you can't pronounce. Don't eat high fructose corn syrup. Don't eat food that has more than five ingredients on the label. All signs of over-processing.

4, Get out of the Supermarket and over to the Farmer's Market (yes--only 4 months for that!)

5. Eat better quality food and less of it. All tomatoes are not created equal. Especially eat less.

6. Eat more plants, eat leaves especially.

7. Eat ethnic--including eating less, and not eating alone.

8. Cook at home, maybe from your own garden.

9. Eat all sorts of foods; don't limit your diet to a few chosen foods.

Of course, the writer from this essay is from California, with year round Farmer's Markets. But seriously, after it warms up, we all need to move on from meat and cheese and potatoes.

Here at Wilmette we have a few rules that we try stick to when remember:
1. Eat cheap. While this contradicts the above, remember that what's on sale is most abundant and at its peak quality.

2. Eat close to the ground. Don't torture your food when you prepare it. Just cook it. You shouldn't need a written guide to figure out what you are eating.

3. Whole grain is good; fruit and vegetables are best. Too much meat or cheese is bad (when it's not the Super Bowl.)

4. Follow this rule: 1/3 of the plate protein, 1/3 starch; 1/2 vegetable.

4. Eat at home. Eat food you have prepared from the raw ingredients. There is no excuse for not cooking other than sheer laziness.

Note: other than the cheese and 2 piece of carrot there is probably nothing here that your grandmother would recognize.

2 Comments:

Blogger chumly said...

Yes! I do miss my mothers cooking.

Feb 15, 2007, 10:36:00 PM  
Anonymous publia.padena said...

I will bet that if you put some meat and potatoes in the oven, you can make a reasonable approximation. Cook some vegetables to accompany that, and you may be trasported to the past.

Feb 16, 2007, 6:20:00 PM  

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