On today’s Oprah show about food in America, Omnivore’s Dilemma author Michael Pollan discussed his 7 rules for eating, which he even condensed into 7 words: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.”
Drex and I consider ourselves foodies. Whenever possible, we buy our produce at farmer’s markets. We eat lots of salad. We flavor our food with fresh herbs. We prepare foods that are in season. But are we raising a foodie? Let’s see what stuff Sonya has put in her mouth today:
Rule #1: Don’t eat anything with more than five ingredients or ingredients a third grader can’t pronounce.
What is Sonya eating? An original Baby Mum-Mum cracker, a favorite among babies in her play group. I have the box on my lap. The ingredients are:
- japonica rice
- skim milk powder (imported from New Zealand)
- sea salt
Whoa! That passed the test. I have to admit, I was feeling nervous, because it came individually packaged in a cardboard box. Okay, what else is Sonya eating?
Rule #2: Don’t eat anything that won’t eventually rot.
Hmmm… guess this plastic ring is out. However, she really likes the red ring from the stack-of-rings toy we got from Nana Janet (Sonya’s grandmother-in-law), so we’ll keep it as part of her balanced diet. Besides, Sonya is living in a material world… and most of that material is plastic.
Okay, so what else is Sonya eating?
Rule #3: Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.
Although this postcard from Uncle Justin and Auntie Melissa
from their trip to Germany doesn’t immediately seem like something my great-grandmothers in India might have eaten, they probably consumed a lot of daily fiber. Helps with digestion.
Okay, so what does Sonya really eat?
Fresh food steamed and blended in her Baby Food Maker
from Williams-Sonoma. I follow the simple recipes from this great Cooking for Baby
book (like the pureed zucchini Sonya is enjoying in the photo).
Thanks to Dida for getting these!
Okay, so Drex and I had a chat about our diet, and Oprah’s show inspired an Adventure Buddy New Year’s Resolution (hey, January isn’t over yet!):
All desserts except ice cream and the occasional fistful of gummy bears (and I mean all other desserts: cakes, cookies, brownies, etcetera): must be homemade from scratch. Not from a box. Not ready-bake. (And not from the local boulangerie like the galette des rois seen in the previous post). We must put in the effort to make the junk food that we consume.
Zen moment: We have to earn it to eat it. Thank you, Michael Pollan!