I would like to borrow the above manifesto coined by Michael Pollan in his book In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. (My review of his book can be found here).
- The food I wish to eat is real food: food the way nature intended it to be. Walking into a supermarket, I am at times tempted by artfully displayed packages of processed foods all claiming to be good for my health: Cheerios that will lower my cholesterol; the Special K energy bar that can help with my weight loss; low-fat yoghurt that helps the eater avoid fats while still getting calcium from dairy. The advertising and packaging of these man-altered foods, entices you away from the produce section and compels you to buy into what the nutrition experts are telling you. I often resist the call of packaged foods and spend my time shopping among the freshly coloured fruits and vegetables found in the produce section.
- I want to learn not to eat too much – like I did when I was a child. I need to learn, once again, to listen to the signals my body sends me: the signals that tell me when I am full, or when I am thirsty. I need to remember to listen. Listening will help me to control my food portions, and to know when to eat as well as how much.
- I enjoy eating mostly plants: that is, the fruit and vegetables that are grown in fields. Meat products, when it is eaten, will be the side dish and will not occupy most of the space on my plate. Occasionally I will eat a piece of fish, a slice of pork, or some stir-fried chicken. I will have meatless weeks; but still enjoy pan fried pork dumplings, briyani, and scrambled eggs. I do not mourn the loss of animal protein on my plate, though I do find it tasty on occasion.
Do you have an eater’s manifesto? Have you thought about creating one? What is it?
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2012