The Minimalist Diet Diaries, Day 1

Week 1: Food Philosophies

Day 1: Michael Pollan

I’m starting with Michael Pollan because he’s my favorite, and because he also has the broadest solutions. There aren’t a ton of do’s and don’ts, long lists of when and where and what to eat. His simple tag line from In Defense of Food pretty well summarizes it: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.”

On “Michael Pollan day,” I also need to include Lisa Leake from 100 Days of Real Food. I currently have her 1st cookbook checked out from the library, and reading her story and practical experience is part of what started me on my own journey. And since her entire food philosophy is based on Michael Pollan, I want to make sure and include her here.

For my own purposes, I’m going to focus on just the 1st part of this philosophy for my “minimalist diet.”

Eat food.

Sounds simple enough, but WHEW, ingredient labels are a big mess these days.

I want to eliminate anything in my house with more than 5 ingredients on the label, especially anything with high fructose corn syrup. I feel like I’ve already done a pretty good job of this, but I haven’t been 100%. I don’t want myself to be eating “food-like substances,” and I don’t want my family eating them either. When I see scientific laboratories filled with vials of different kinds of “smell substances,” to make our food smell a certain way regardless of the nutrients it holds, I feel tricked. I’m actually not against the scientific manipulation of plant genetics (or GMOs), but when you’re adding weird chemicals to highly processed foods, I can decide not to participate. I’ll have to deal with food choices outside of my home later, but right now, I just want to commit to eating food in my house.

My main issue with “eating food” is not necessarily eliminating it, but finding suitable replacements.

I guess it’s time to buckle down and just do it.

Day 1 take away: EAT FOOD AT HOME. 5 ingredients or less on the package.


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