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Today I am honored to introduce my very first Guest Blogger ever — my nine-year-old son, known to you all as The Boy.
He read the Young Reader’s Edition of Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma, and wrote this post with only a minimal amount of help from me and my husband. We are very proud of him!
I read the book The Omnivore’s Dilemma, by Michael Pollan, where Michael Pollan becomes a food detective. He finds out where our food comes from.
What is the Omnivore’s Dilemma?
People are omnivores. We can eat anything, but we don’t always know what is good for us and what can kill us. For example, you could eat an amanita muscaria (a red mushroom with white speckles) which would kill you right away, or you could eat a lot of high fructose corn syrup and fast food and die slowly over time.
Our ancestors solved the omnivore’s dilemma thousands of years ago by teaching their kids what to eat and what not to eat. Now our parents don’t really know what is good to eat any more. The grocery store is full of food that they think is healthy, but that is actually full of ingredients that can kill us slowly over time. Lots of foods we think of as healthy—like cereal and granola bars and pink yogurt—really aren’t!
When my parents were kids, only about 5 percent of kids were considered fat. Now over 17 percent of kids are fat. Kids are getting type II diabetes, which is something only grown-ups used to get. Kids have food allergies, asthma, and ADHD.
Unless we start eating differently kids my age might not live to be as old as our grandparents are now!
6 Food Rules for Me and My Friends
1. Never eat fast food. Fast food can come from McDonalds, but it could also be any food that is meant to be made quickly, like TV dinners or frozen waffles. It can also be in school lunches. Fast food is made with chemicals to prevent it from going bad. Those chemicals can make us sick, and the food doesn’t have very many nutrients anyway.
Make your own food.
2. Don’t just rely on large businesses. The grocery store is an example of a large business that gets food from all over the world. Instead, buy food from small businesses—like the dairy, the bakery, and farmers you find at the farmers’ markets.
3. Don’t eat anything with ingredients that you or your parent’s can’t pronounce, or when you or your parents don’t know what the ingredient does.
4. Eat lots of different kinds of foods. Try new things, even if you don’t think you’ll like them. When you go to farmers’ markets, look for a new fruit or vegetable to eat. You can ask the farmer how to cook it, or just come home and Google a recipe.
5. Learn to cook. Cooking isn’t hard, even though the makers of fast food try to tell you it is.
6. Learn about food, and where it comes from. Read books like Michael Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma. Suggest that your parents read books like Real Food, by Nina Planck and Nourishing Traditions by Sally Fallon.
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