Valentines Day was my six year anniversary of being a vegetarian. I can still remember that last time I sat down to gorge on fried chicken, buffalo chicken and chicken parmesan. I thought chicken would be the only animal that I would miss eating. Thankfully, I have plenty of meat substitutes to eat so I don't miss chicken all. But being vegetarian is something that is very near and dear to my heart. I became a vegetarian for the main reason of the disaster that is our nation's meat industry.This photo is from my sister's flickr page she also has a blog called: Art is the Handmaid of Human Good
There has been a lot of talk about food recently. So much so that Oprah did a show called Food 101, where she featured a few inspiring individuals who's have made a point to better their lives as well as many others. Her guests included the author Michael Pollan, Chipotle's Steve Ells and the actress Alicia Silverstone.
Michael Pollan gave the viewers some simple food rules to follow (He recently wrote the book called "Food Rules". He says that the food on the shelves in our super market is NOT really food! He likes to call it, "Edible Food Like Substances" Our Western diet is what's causing many of our food related diseases and Pollan goes into this further on this clip from Oprah.com and the full list of his rules are found in his book.
• Don't eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food.
• Avoid food products containing ingredients that a third grader could not pronounce
• Eat only foods that will eventually rot. Food is alive and it will die.
One great thing I took from watching the film Food Inc. is to eat as much organic and local food that you can. Also eating according to season will help you to be so much healthier. I mean thats what the French do! Another thing I try to do is to not eat anything that comes in a plastic bag, which is actually very hard. I have to remind myself everything I go on lunch break and begin to grab that bag of potato chips (even if they're natural). But anyways I'm not trying to preach or teach I just wanted to voice my opinions. I have plans to order the following books and I would encourage any reader to check them out as well:
Food Rules by: Michael Pollan
The Kind Diet by: Alicia Silverstone (Silverstone is a vegan and here diet is very much based on the macrobiotic diet as well She calls her diet "The Kind Diet" because not only is it kind to the earth, but to your body as well. Plus it has some great recipes in the back!)
Gorgeously Green by: Sophie Uliano (This book goes much further into living a green life than just food, but there are a lot of helpful hints on eating)
Master your Metabolism by: Jillian Michaels (the biggest loser)
Lastly, I hope everyone in America and even the rest of the world will watch the film Food Inc. It is amazing and so insightful! Its also nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary.