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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

The trick to a healthy diet

Have you seen this brilliant little video narrated by food journalist Michael Pollan? I love the way it's illustrated. The big takeaway lesson: "What predicted a healthy diet more than anything else was that it was being cooked by a human being (and not a corporation)...Eat anything you want, just cook it yourself."

P.S. The power of empathy, and Toby's first giggle.

(Video by Kerry Hyndman and Damn Fine Media)

52 comments:

Emily Weckesser said...

Brilliant concept! The illustrations are so engaging :)

www.theoysterspearl.etsy.com

Liz M C said...

I couldn't agree more! We make a lot of assumptions about the processed food that we eat. We assume that fries are just potatoes, oil, ad a little salt. There's so much more going on.

Google McDonald's potato farmers and the White Earth Indian Reservation. Scary.

julielannon said...

Joanna, I would love to hear more about your tips for a healthy lifestyle. You seem to really enjoy food and also maintain a slim figure.

Lauren Knight said...

Sigh. This post made my heart so happy.

Katie said...

Awesome! The older I get, the more deeply I suspect any food that comes wrapped in layers of plastic etc.

Joanna Goddard said...

going to google that right now, liz! and have you ever seen Food Inc? it's chilling.

Joanna Goddard said...

julie, you're so sweet! i don't know if i have any tips to share, other than riding my bike around the place. i definitely have a LOT of health/exercise/food stuff i could go better with!

Stevie Leigh said...

Thanks for sharing, Joanna! Pollan is fascinating!

-SW
www.FollowingtheWalkers.com

Liz M C said...

I just read last week about the pesticide run off from the 11,000 acre potato farm (adjacent to the reservation) that's contaminating the water. They say it's full of carcinogens and endocrine disruptors. I'll be the first to admit that McDonald's fries are delicious. But the benefits (momentary food bliss) doesn't outweigh the risks!

Shruti Kapoor said...

Loved the video. So true!! Why do we need someone else to tell us things we already know r to be true :) It's funny isn't it?

Meadow said...

I'm all about everything in moderation. I do enjoy my McDonald's.. but only once in a while. I cook most food from scratch. Sad that it isn't common sense these days.

Amber Bouchat said...

Michael Pollan is awesome! I would add: eat lots of vegetables.

Melissa said...

I like this, it sits well with me.

Melissa said...

I like this, it sits well with me.

Joanna Goddard said...

shruti, i know, good point:)

Ayesha Ahmad said...

I like the idea. I don't cook anyway so probably half the things don't apply. But at least the other half do!

Ayesha
Defining Me

Sara C. Parshley said...

so simple and true! love this and will share the sentiment going forward!

xx
sara | www.late-afternoons.com |

Heather M said...

I think this is dead on and such a good reminder. Thank you for posting this! Just this week, I've decided to switch from pre-packaged pre-sliced deli sandwich meat to organic chicken breasts. I just boiled the chicken on Monday and am using it throughout the week in salads, wraps, stovetop dinner with sautéed veggies, etc. So easy and so much better than slimey deli slices.

Doli Predovic said...

Jo, you make such good choices in your blog, it amazes me! There is an incredible balance of subjects.You come out as a gentle, sensitive, smart and interesting soul, very down to earth. I'm almost 60 years old and have a daughter about your age. Yours is the first blog I check every day and Fridays are always a treat!
Please, keep doing what you are doing, don't change even if you grow :)

Amie said...

I absolutely love this!! Great post!

Jessica Hart said...

I totally agree! Such a great video with great information, definitely sharing :)
Jessica
the way to my Hart

marlene said...

So true Joanna. I love Michael Pollen's books. They're brilliant but so common sense. I particularly liked Omnivore's Dilemma and the 4 meals he created. Thanks for posting something so accessible to everyone

Ms. Magpie said...

This was so positive and simple, and made me feel better about my own diet!

Katherine said...

So true! I love the idea of only eating things you make yourself. So since I made brownies last night, it's fine if I eat 3 of them today..right? :)

Joanna Goddard said...

katherine, haha, YES! :)

Joanna Goddard said...

doli, thank you so much, that is so nice of you to say :)

Unknown said...

Great video clip! Thank you for sharing! love it...so true! Will share :-)

Maggie said...

I love this! Thanks for sharing. He is such a brilliant and important person.

FoundVintageStyle said...

I hope this won't be considered spam (!) but I was invited to a book launch last night for an amazing new cookbook: Joyous Health (live and eat well without dieting). Full of simple but healthy, clean recipes and lifestyle tips. Her(Joy McCarthy) blog is also fantastic! (called, Joyous Health)...

Our Neck of the Woods said...

Such a simple idea yet very few people get it. I didn't know how to cook until I got married and taught myself via Giada and Food Network ;) I fear that the younger generations are losing important skills like cooking and homemaking.

Heather Brennan Sullivan said...

So simple yet so profound. Thanks for sharing!

M. Smith said...

Michael Pollan's name is misspelled in this post.

Anna Belle said...

I have a friend who works in food packaging and she gets so angry about the anti-processed food message that many of us have heard because technically all food from stores has been processed in some way.

I like this video because it does not confuse the "process" of getting fruits or milk, for example, to the store with the "process" of major companies cooking prepared foods. I completely agree that homemade is by far the way to go!

(It is, even with organics, also much cheaper in my experience!)

Dylann Stubblefield said...

love the encouragement to keep spending hours in the kitchen! It is so worth it.

Grace Twedt said...
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theshoozeveryday said...

Totally agree with his thoughts! Love the storytelling through words and pictures and grease...

Jesse R said...

I love this video. It is so true about the time consuming foods!

Elizabeth said...

I watched this video just the other day - it's so insightful!

Linh Vo said...

Great clip! So very true...and I just FEEL better knowing what kind of ingredients I am putting in my food when I make it. Cooking bad food yourself (like the lavish desserts and yummy french fries) are so laborious who in the heck would want to do that? Cook the food yourself, it will probably be healthy stuff because it's less time consuming, and live a longer life. A win win :) However, I will make an exception for Thanksgiving meals...haha
Linh
http://abeautifulrawr.com

Rachel Lyn said...

I think there's really some truth to this. My aunt makes everything from scratch and her family has dessert every single night (omg!) for dinner and they have very health figures.

Rachel Lyn said...

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Sara said...

Similar to julie- would you ever think about doing posts on your favorite foods or go to foods as a family, healthy things you do as a family/ habits or even your guilty food pleasures?

Breanna Hanson said...

What a great, simple video. I laughed out loud at "CALORIES: 666".

Becca said...

Eat whatever you want, just cook it yourself - I love that! Since I am always looking for some way to justify eating dessert, I'll take this to heart :-) Off to bake now ...

stella said...

I saw him on Oprah and he said eat all the junk food you want, but you have to cook it yourself. I loved that statement. I love your blog Joanna!!! Really the best blog I read everyday!

foggydress said...

I love him. He is spot-on when it comes to health and nutrition! How do you find all these awesome things???

Shauna El said...

I was wondering.
I know you've mentioned it before but it's been a while.
What kind of bike seat do you have for Toby?
How old will Anton be before he goes for a ride?
My but is a day younger than Anton and I am currently searching for a bike, but I like your bike seat that sits on the front and want a bike that will accommodate that.
Do you think it's harder to ride with the baby on the front verses the back?

Love any info if you can pass it on
Thanks
P.s I have been doing a lot of research about nutrition lately and this just simplifies it so well.

Kate from Clear the Way said...

So true! I love this.

prim_prim said...

Great to know this video, I feel better about my diet


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great post. thank you
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