Like so many others, I struggle with maintaining healthy habits in my life. I live a fairly sedentary lifestyle, with a desk job and a lot of hobbies that involve sitting in one place for long periods of time. I’m trying to get better about exercising, but finding the willpower is proving difficult.
I am also trying to improve my relationship with food. I feel like I eat fairly well, but I also know I could be more informed about what I put in my body. I mean, I know eating lots of sugar and fried things is bad, but what about carbs? Fat? What are all those additives doing to my body, really?
In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto is a book that tries to get at the heart of the human relationship with food. By examining the Western way of eating, Michael Pollan attempts to cut through all the complicated nutrition talk that has come to surround eating healthily and get back down to the commonsense, cultural knowledge we hold about food. “Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much.”
Pollan is an excellent writer, and I very much enjoyed In Defense of Food. I devoured it quickly, took lots of notes for myself, and feel that a lot of the information has helped guide me towards a better way of eating. So much of the literature surrounding food is firmly entrenched in diet culture (don’t even get me started on that), but In Defense of Food is not. This is a book that celebrates the joy of food and doesn’t try to prescribe a one-size-fits-all plan for eating.
And, even better? It’s not about losing weight. It never makes you feel guilty for loving and enjoying food.