I loved his book "In Defense of Food" and often take quotes from it when I am teaching. In it, he says, in order to live a healthier life we need to:
1. Eat "food" (not the frankenfood that has been created by some of these large corporations.
2. Eat less of it (one of the reasons for the obesity epidemic is because portions have become so large)
3. Eat mainly plants - he is not vegetarian, but believes we need to consume more plant products and "real" food, as well as eat the best (ethically raised and sustainable) meat/poultry/fish you can afford.
So, in this new book, he talks about cooking our own food, getting back to the table and and taking the time to share our lives together around the kitchen table the way generations before have done for decades. I can't wait to start reading this book because it encompasses everything I believe to be true about the issues we now face around the loss of health as well as family values.
That being said, I am not a good pupil when it comes to eating mindfully (he said cooking should be like yoga...when in the kitchen, the rules should be patience, practice and presence). I also don't do well with moderation...especially when it involves sugar.
But, something struck a nerve with me. He said that we, as a nation, would be lighter and healthier if we just ate what we cooked. I immediately thought that this wouldn't be true for me (especially after I had consumed far too many rhubarb squares I made yesterday). However, I really thought about the mindless calories I consume everyday without giving it a second thought (a latte at Starbucks...just because; the Oreo from my pantry that was calling my name when I was having a cup of tea; the handful of french fries from my son's "after exam starvation attack"). What if I ate only what I cooked? Would I lose a few pounds? Clearly, I bake and cook more than the average person so it won't be that life changing...or would it?
So, I am going to try with an experiment. Starting today, I am going to make a promise to try and eat only what I make (barring events that we have to go to that have already been booked). But, just as you clean out your pantry before you begin a new diet, I need to get ready. How about a "real food" station? A place where you can grab snacks without thinking (or before your crazy brain convinces you that you really need a hunk of chocolate instead of an apple).