Micheal's writing house in CT that he built himself, wrote a book about and that I used to drive by

Micheal’s writing house in CT that he built himself, wrote a book about and that I used to drive by

Michael Pollan writes and lectures about food. I relate to him in a rare way: he used to be a neighbor down the street…about five miles away. We never met, but I still feel somewhat connected.

A friend gave me a book of his (The Omnivore’s Dilemma) that spoke well of hunters, who are part of the landscape where I live in rural Connecticut. Michael moved to California and hosted a documentary I saw recently called “In Defense of Food.” He points out that his best advice distilled from years of exploration is to “Eat food, not too much, and mostly plants.” By “food” he means wholesome and natural edibles and not processed, artificial stuff like potato chips, TV dinners and ice cream.

I have been avoiding red meat, veal and pork for decades. But I still eat chicken and fish. I love ice cream, but cut that out, when I had to worry about cholesterol. Sorbet is the substitute, but that has lots of sugar. I had broccoli soup today, but eating mostly plants seems challenging. Fortunately I am active enough to not have to worry about losing weight. I have to focus on gaining weight.

But giving up good tasting items that you can eat, even if Pollan doesn’t call it “food,” can be very very difficult. If you are trying to not only be healthier but to also lose weight, one trick Pollan suggested to fool yourself is to serve your meals on smaller plates. I wish you the best.