Simple food and simple eating

There was an excellent post yesterday at Zen Habits, called The Zen of Real Food: Keeping Eating Simple.  It’s the best commentary I’ve seen in a while on what to eat and how, and how to keep it uncomplicated.  On the question of what to eat, the author gave these guidelines:

  • “Food grows and dies. It isn’t created.
  • Food rots, wilts, and becomes generally unappetizing, typically rather quickly.

    Real food

    Real food

  • Food doesn’t need an ingredient label (and probably isn’t in a package either).
  • Food doesn’t have celebrity endorsements.
  • Food doesn’t make health claims.”
  • So, if you’re standing in the grocery store, ask yourself those questions about what you’re looking at.  If it’s real food, it grew somewhere; it will rot if not refrigerated; it doesn’t have an ingredient label; it isn’t endorsed by anyone in commercials, and it doesn’t make health claims on the package.

    Think about foods that don’t have an ingredient label: meat, eggs, spices, vegetables, fruit, nuts, honey, etc.  If it’s something that has an ingredient label, then it’s also probably something you can make yourself at home: cereal, bread, lasagna, soup, chili, muffins, whatever.

    Yes, it involves some cooking at home, but it doesn’t have to be complicated cooking.  The author of the post has some excellent suggestions about that too.

    Go read the post.  It’s the best I’ve seen lately.


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