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Food is such an intimate thing. It’s intimate in the sense that you put it into your body. That intimacy is heightened by the fact that you choose what food you eat and how you eat it. No wonder then that we are so passionate and, let’s admit it, defensive when it comes to our decisions about food. That’s all perfectly reasonable, but the problem comes if your food decisions are made without thought.
Food, and the eating of food, is a massive industry. If you want to start a business and are wondering what there might be a demand for, then food is a safe bet. Hence, there is no shortage of large corporations and their marketing machines that are all too ready to tell you what you should eat. You can happily, well, maybe not entirely happily, float through a lifetime of eating without ever thinking about what you are eating. You can perfectly easily just plug into the societal food machine, eat the bits that taste good to you and away you go.
That’s fine, unless you want your food to nourish you and allow you to live your best life.
Food is such a fundamental part of your life that surely it deserves some informed thought and decision-making. You don’t want to be at the mercy of marketers and social norms when it comes to food or you’ll just end up eating some salted fat washed down with a trademarked diet beverage and a few tablespoons of sugar as dessert.
The thing is that it’s not always easy to know what is good and what is not good about food. Even the medical establishment changes its mind sometimes.
This publication addresses the big questions around the food you eat. In some cases, it challenges popular myths and in others it supports old wisdom. Most of all, it seeks to give you the best information possible to make your own decisions about the food you eat.
It’s a big claim to be calling something a bible. The intent is not to imply that this publication is the ultimate and only repository of all wisdom when it comes to food. It’s really to get your attention for what is a genuine attempt to provide some guidance through the food maze.
In the end, Michael Pollan has summed up the information around food pretty well in his oft-quoted aphorism: “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” That is a good baseline for a food philosophy but what is offered here builds on that and addresses specific questions around food using research where it is available and common sense when it is necessary.
Mark Twain famously said: “Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.” It would be naïve to think that in 20 years’ time, some of the information here will not have been superseded or enhanced. What you have here, though, is a thorough and detailed thought piece about food that you can use in charting your own food journey.
Make your food choices ones that nourish, make them delicious, make them conscious and make them yours.