Sunday, August 3, 2008

Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.

In his introductory sentences to In Defense of Food:  An Eater's Manifesto, Michael Pollan has captured the essence of sound nutritional advice. Here is a link to his book jacket and a PDF of his intro. He gets it, and he writes brilliantly about a difficult subject:  what's so bad about the American way of eating, and how to change it.  Yet somehow he manages to stay chatty and engaging as he writes about depressing subjects such as the 32-billion dollar  "Food Marketing Machine" and the shifting sands of nutritional science (or the reason my patients are so confused).

I believe women need more than this to get back on track when they are 35+ and having trouble figuring out what to eat without developing middle-age spread, but it's the finest and most eloquent place to begin.

See you at the farmer's market.


Liz said...

I'm very interested in the topic of integrative medicine and how diet affects well-being. It's such a huge topic, and many people have written many words on it! This book sounds very interesting. I have another to suggest: The APO E Gene Diet. Great take on a complicated issue -0- the author draws a clear and compelling picture of how so many elements are linked together, such as diet, exercise, obesity, heart disease and other ailments. She also offers real solutions, and tells real patient stories we can all relate to.

Flavia said...

Cool! Im trying to eat this way for 60 days and see what happens....documenting it all on my blog if you wanna check it out. Have you seen a palpable difference?

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