Yesterday I posted a rant about the movie, "Food, Inc." As often happens, I have a large reaction, burn up the keyboard with my opinions, then -- after sanity returns -- erase whatever I wrote. I used to do that with emails, and it kept my life in turmoil, because they mostly couldn't be "unsent." Live and learn. So, here's a calm post about food.
The movie is very good. Thought-provoking. Upsetting.
I don't know why I didn't get enthusiastic about the notion of eating real food until now. I've certainly heard about organic/natural food for the three decades I've lived in Boulder. But, for whatever reason, I didn't click into the words REAL FOOD before. And, as I've just discovered, products labeled "organic/natural," aren't always REAL FOOD. As usual, there's lots of razzle-dazzle going on in the marketing of "organic/natural" foods.
Anyway, watching the movie and listening to Michael Pollan's "In Defense of Food" on CDs has startled me into expanded consciousness. Something about the way Michael explains things just works for me. There's no pretentiousness or self-righteousness. Just extremely helpful explanations. He says we've gotten lost in "nutritionism," and are eating "food-like substances" rather than REAL FOOD, which leads to disease, obesity, and fouling our own nest.
I'm in the midst of a paradigm shift. New neurons firing. Channeled anger. I need to learn about real ingredients, grass-fed beef, real organic chicken, buying local veggies and fruits. Whew. I need to rediscover the joy of food. Or maybe discover it, since most of the vitality-sucking of our foods began even before I was born.
So, I recommend Michael's books and the movie. Here's a link to the "Food, Inc." trailer on youtube:
p.s. if anyone knows about any classes in the Boulder area on finding and cooking REAL FOOD, please leave a comment.