In Defense of Food: Michael Pollan

PBS has been hitting it out of the park lately with so many programs focusing on health. The latest one is called, In Defense of Food, featuring Michael Pollan. (Click on the title and it will take you to the video).

I swiped this off the PBS website to give you an idea what the documentary is about. After watching it I’m sure you won’t look at food the same way and hopefully it will make you a more savvy grocery shopper.

“Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” With that seven-word maxim, US-based journalist Michael Pollan distills a career’s worth of reporting into a prescription for reversing the damage being done to people’s health by today’s industrially driven Western diet. In Defense of Food debunks the daily media barrage of conflicting claims about nutrition. Traveling the globe and the supermarket aisles to illustrate the principles of his bestselling “eater’s manifesto,” Pollan offers a clear answer to one of the most confounding and urgent questions of our time: What should I eat to be healthy? ”

 

Pollan also wrote a book by the same title if you are interested.

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Be well,

Inge

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Your Choices Determine Your Health

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One of the things I’m working on this year is to be more observant. Yesterday I was at Infusion and what I observed was: staff eating fast food (junk food) from Wendy’s, drinking Cokes and snacking on endless amounts of Red Vines and chocolates. Actually this ain’t new but it really got me to thinking. I mean we are in a cancer ward. Are these women really that disconnected as to how these patients got sick in the first place? Do they think getting cancer is just “bad luck, bad genes, or some mystery disease?”

I admit, I wasn’t eating great before I got cancer. I thought I was. I was vegetarian! But the main thing missing from my diet was the vegetables! One of my strengths (which also gets me into trouble) is speaking my mind; calling people on their own bullshit, but I am working on being observant this year and that means keeping my opinions to myself — but that doesn’t mean I won’t write about it.

The funny thing is a couple of these women whom I work with complain they can’t seem to lose weight. They don’t like the way they look, so they go on some ridiculous diet; like adding chia seeds to their bottled water, convincing themselves this will achieve their goal. Are they serious? Diets do not work! There are no magic pills! The only thing that works is a lifestyle change; a change in attitude and self-discipline.

Last year I did tell them that, but one got mad and the other shrugged it off, “You and your GMOs.”

Am I sometimes tempted to eat a french fry, drink a Coco Cola, eat candy? Hell yes! But I stop myself because I know it will make me sick; maybe not right that second but eventually eating that crap will catch up with me and the next thing I know I’ll be back in that chemo treatment chair. I also know my health is my responsibility. What I put in my mouth is my responsibility. My choices determine my health.

I just don’t get it that these women can’t see it. Statistically, 1 in 3 women will get cancer sometime in their lifetime. That’s 30% of the women in Infusion; only a small percent will be from genetics, the rest is environmental and life choices. I hope they wake up before its too late.

Be Well!
Ingebird

Eating Healthy is a Lifetime Commitment

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Have you ever gone on a diet and after losing the weight you wanted, you ended up gaining it all back, plus ten pounds? Here’s what happened:

For years you go to the drive thru to pick up your favorite fast food meal. Then one day you look in the mirror and say, “Hey you are looking kinda chunky,” so you decide to go on a diet… any diet and you lose 50 lbs. Then you look in the mirror and say, “Who is this sexy babe?” But before you know it, your driving past your favorite fast food joint and you can hear it calling your name. You try ignoring it but one afternoon you decide to just buy a small bag of fries. That’s all it takes. One bite and you’re hooked.  The next thing you know you are sitting in that same drive thru line three times a week. Salt, fat and sugar just tastes so good!  It’s addicting and chemists are paid big money to come up with more tasty junk food, to keep you coming back for more. A few months after you lost the weight, you gained it all back, plus a bonus ten pounds.

Do you get the picture? If you want to keep the weight off you have to continue eating the healthy foods. No ifs, ands or buts. It’s a lifestyle change and it’s permanent.

It’s the same thing with cancer. You finally beat it. Your doctors gave you the “all clear.” If you want to stay healthy, you have to make healthier choices. You have to be committed to a healthier lifestyle. Your life depends on it. Your body just went through a major war. There are lots of casualties, including your immune system. In order to rebuild your immune system, you have to feed it healthy foods. Junk food has zero nutritional value. Its empty calories.

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If you want to heal; eat fresh, raw (or lightly steamed or sautéed) organic foods (or conventional foods that you can peel off the skin). Drink fresh green smoothies and/or juices. I’m talking home-made juices that you made yourself. Bottled juice from a grocery store has already lost a good deal of nutrients through pasteurization and from sitting on the store shelf. The longer fresh juice sits around, the more the good stuff disappears.

 

If you think you don’t have time to make your own juices, smoothies or a salad, think back to when you had to take all that the time for your doctor appointments, the infusions, healing from surgeries, etc. Making your own meals gives you a sense of control. You know what’s in your food. You are in charge of your health and you decide what you put into your mouth.

You make time for everyone else in your life; your family, your boss, Facebook, Twitter. Isn’t it time you make time for yourself?

 

Be well,

Inge