Wednesday, March 3, 2010

my aspirational food manifesto

"Eat food. Not too much.  Mostly plants."
- Michael Pollan, In Defense of Food

{carrots from our CSA}

My mom sent another related quote yesterday... not sure where it came from:
"Healthy eating is why many of my relatives in Sicily are in their 90's. My Father the youngest of 9 siblings still has 3 brothers and 2 sisters alive in their 90's. They have lived on a diet of home-grown tomatoes, grapes, artichokes, squash, olives, oranges and lemons. My aunt Anna still makes her own butter and jam from their own farm. The best rule to live by is "if it doesn't look like like it did when it came from the ground, don't eat it" That's a literal translation from my ancestors. Also Sicily is not a beef eating region. That helps too. Fish, some fowl, is where their proteins come from. It can be done, and truly it's not hard. There are other subtle approaches. Make your own can use refined flour, but at least it's not loaded with preservatives. If the change is too severe, meet it half way."  

I should mention that I was eating Wheat Thins as I read this quote.  Wheat definitely doesn't look like that when it comes from the ground... 


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