I love having a break from real life and indulging my food interest. I’ve come across a wonderful documentary and if you’re interested in health and food in general I highly recommend watching – “In Defense of Food“, a documentary based on the best-selling book by Michael Pollan.
It’s not an exploration of a specific diet or lifestyle, instead and explanation about food, vitamins, digestion, diseases and more. When watching I realised that some of the information presented is everything we all want, a few easy ways to ensure we’re eating well. When you hear what makes a healthy diet, it’s so very clear!
The most astonishing point of discussion was that 100 years ago 1 in 100 people could develop type 2 diabetes, now it’s said to be the norm that 1 in 3 people will develop the disease (in the USA specifically). That’s something I would hope really turns peoples ideas about levels of consumption around. Afterall, it’s fun to have something indulgent once in a while, but not daily.
3 simple takeaways
Throughout the documentary, Michael Pollan suggested some handy tips to remember. I felt the most poignant were these:
- Eat food that will eventually rot
- Eat food that has been cooked by humans
- Avoid food that’s advertised on TV
Michael Pollan said something that really made me smile when talking about health claims on packaging, “The quieter the food, the likely the healthier the food.” What he means here is imagine the nutritional claims simple foods make – a carrot, a handful of spinach or a serving of pumpkin seeds… Wait there are no claims because they aren’t packaged like a cereal box that shouts about how it’s got ‘added iron’, ‘added omega 3’, etc. A humorous point was made about a coffee brand that added fibre – why on earth that is needed is beyond me!
Learning from cultures
During the documentary the Hadza people were mentioned. What we could learn from the hadza people is quite amazing. They eat what their parents ate, what their grand parents ate, and don’t stress about it. As a Paleo dieter the mention of hunting and gathering, of course, made me smile. But seriously, they are incredible people. Look them up!
Taking the stress out of food choices, cooking, eating and buying food was a key message, even so far as to suggest we be more French. The French spend on average 100 times more time eating than those in the US. They don’t eat more, oh no they don’t make that mistake, they simply eat for longer. A meal isn’t to stop feeling hungry, it’s a addition to a conversation or an event. Food is something to be enjoyed, it was a lovely reminder for us all to be present when buying food, cooking it and especially eating it.
Tell me what you think – I’d love to hear your own review!
Watch it online here: http://www.pbs.org/video/
Take a look at the book reviews on Amazon too: