Food Rules


There are times I feel like there is nothing left to say on the topic of eating better, that hasn't already been said. I'm aware there is nothing new under the sun. Of course I realize most of you aren't health-foodie book worms like myself and probably don't spend your time at Books A Million browsing through the latest books on Gastronomy, that is if you choose to enter a book store at all. And likely most of you wouldn't be spending time online catching up at  New York Grubstreet or Mark Bittman's lastest "Opinion" on food.  At least I don't suspect so. While there is little left new under this ever-beating Florida September Sun, this may be news to some. So here you go...

About a year ago, while training at Strala in the lovely Lower East Side of NYC, I touched a little bit on the topic of Michael Pollan's philosophy on food. Michael Pollan is a brilliant journalist (0nce the editor of Harper's Magazine) who's interest in our Nation's culture of food has exposed hidden truths of the food industry through such books as "In the Defense of Food" and the documentary "Food Inc." His latest book,"Food Rules," is a collaboration of rules to eat by, for better health and a better environment.

So I want to introduce you all to some of his sensible "Food Rules".

 # 1 Eat Food :

For a quick wrap up on this, watch my video from last year.

# 2 Don't eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as edible.

Now when I first read this I thought, "my grandmother might eat canned meat every now and then." I think many people my age would say they're grandparent's are quiet accostumed and comfortable with donuts holes, Happy Meals and Lean Cuisine Weight Watcher frozen dinner. But my Great-Grandmother? That's a different story.

When I think of the times I ate at my Great-Grandmother's, who we called "Mommie," meals were never light or necessarily healthy by any means. Not in South Carolina. But they certainly were memorable. I can't think of one thing she put on my plate that wasn't made from scratch or freshly baked: chicken and dumplings, collard greens with black-eyed peas and rice, pound cake, fried eggs and freshly baked bisquits. I can even recall  a rare occasion of Mommie cooking at my Grandma's, making chicken and dumplings. The two argued as Mommie searched for butter, flour and baking powder, even though my Grandma insisted Bisquick would be an easier route.

Mommie is with Jesus now, so it been sometime since our family fought over the last dumpling at a family dinner. Granted southern food isn't always "healthy" per say. She did make the best sweet iced tea, back when I would drink syrup in a cup. Typically she'd just pick up a 5lb bag of sugar and pour it into the freshly brewed tea. So not to say everything your great-grandma makes is heart healthy. But I think you get the idea.

What do you eat that your great grandma wouldn't recognize as food?


So this video doesn't entirely apply I just had to get it in here, cause I couldn't get it out of my head...