JYC, my three closest pals who in the past couldn’t care less about the kind of food they would stuff into their mouths are finally making some dietary changes. The first kinda have to do it because of his high cholesterol levels, the second wants to perform better at the gym and the third is just plain vain, coveting the elusive beach-type body.
To me, it is a good thing because people I care about are starting to get that “You are what you eat.” Because most people in today’s world are taking for granted this tangible substance called food which gives sustenance and fuels their everyday activities. I believe we don’t give it enough respect. All we care about is how much does this plate of grub costs in relation to the serving amount and my perceived value of it. We don’t ask where it comes from and what kind of treatment it has been put through. More importantly, we don’t take time to enjoy our food nowadays. Forgetting that it is indeed a something to be savored, where every morsel and crumb should be cherished for what it’s worth.
We have the 10 commandments that God revealed to us through Moses. Here are the 12 commandments for serious eaters, as revealed by Michael Pollan.
1. Don’t eat anything your grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.
2. Avoid foods containing ingredients you can’t pronounce.
3. Don’t eat anything that wouldn’t eventually rot.
4. Avoid food products that carry health claims.
5. Shop the peripheries of the supermarket; stay out of the middle.
6. Better yet, buy food somewhere else: the farmer’s market or CSA.
7. Pay more, eat less.
8. Eat a wide diversity of species.
9. Eat food from animals that eat grass.
10. Cook and, if you can, grow some of your own food.
11. Eat meals and eat them only at tables.
12. Eat deliberately, with other people whenever possible, and always with pleasure.
He showed the words “chocolate cake” to a group of Americans and recorded their word associations. “Guilt” was the top response. If that strikes you as unexceptional, consider the response of French eaters to the same prompt: “celebration.”
— Michael Pollan