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Friday, November 18, 2005

Food, glorious food

I haven't been writing because I've been waaaaaay too busy at work (sigh) and when I haven't been working, I've been obsessing over food, because I am now reading Morgan Spurlock's Don't Eat This Book! I really dig Morgan, although he clearly needs an editor for his blog (that conversational tone that he employs so well can easily slip into run-on sentences; my red-pen fingers itch in response).

But the book is great. It's totally terrifying, and not exactly well-written, but it's great. It's made me extremely conscious of what I'm putting into my body (even more so than the anti-migraine food diary has done). This morning, I made coffee and automatically pulled out the Coffee-MateTM to whiten it up. Ingredients of that stuff: Water, Sugar, Corn Syrup Solids [i.e. sugar], Partially Hydrogenated Soybean And/Or Cottonseed Oil [i.e. trans fats], Dipotassium Phosphate, Sodium Caseinate (A Milk Derivative), Titanium Dioxide, Artificial Flavor, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Polysorbate 60, Carrageenan [this is a natural thickener made from seaweed], Beta Carotene Color.
As soon as I put it in the coffee I was sorry - I felt like I could smell the chemicals in it, and when I took a sip, I could definitely taste the chemicals.

So the short answer to all this is, I'm taking a trip to the Whole Foods in Wynnewood this weekend, and buying up the place. Free-range chicken, lots of fresh veggies and fruit. Whole grains. I'd been thinking about whole grains even before the Spurlock book, because they're getting so much press as a result of the new Food Pyramid, but according to Don't Eat, the Food Pyramid is kind of a sham, too, what with it being put together by the FDA and heavily influenced by the Cattlemen's Association, The Dairy Council, etc. It's enough to make you not want to eat.

Of course, I do realize that there are a million theories on the internet about food, health, what's bad/good for you to put into your body, etc. And I know that Morgan Spurlock isn't a completely reliable source of information. But I do think that this was the wake-up call I needed to get off my ass and start thinking more about what I eat - I have been thinking and not doing.

To top it all off, today I'm going out to lunch, which should be interesting, considering my food phobias and the likely prevalence of fried foods at the restaurant. Yay!


At 2:47 PM, Blogger Arabella said...

Personally, I'm of the belief that good old fatty half and half is far better for you than powdered "coffee whitener"-type products, some of which actually FIZZ when you stir them into your hot beverage. Of course, my backside is noticeably rounder of late. What I should probably be drinking is plain green tea.

Mmmmmm.......Whole Foods....

At 3:51 PM, Blogger Mrs. Harridan said...

Yes, I'm with you, Arabella. I was lured by the delicious flavors of the fake creamer (creme brulee, cinnamon, etc). But it'll be half and half from now on.

Green tea = antioxidants but also = caffeine = bad for trying to get pregnant. :(

Rounder backside is always good as far as men are concerned! They love that.

I am psyched for Whole Foods. Or as we like to call it here, Whole (Paycheck) Foods.

At 12:08 PM, Blogger Mignon said...

I miss Whole Foods terribly, but we have a decent organic food store here. After all the horror stories of girls starting their periods at the age of 9, I suck it up and buy the expensive milk, yogurt, cream, etc.
I'm with Arabella about the cream-in-coffee, and also you could try a little sugar in the raw. It has a nice vanilla/molasses flavor. Also, Numi Tea has some good decaf options - I just bought something called Rooibos. Very satisfying.

At 11:13 AM, Blogger Arabella said...

I know what you mean, Mrs. Harridan, about the delicious flavors of the fake cream. Butter pecan! Hazelnut! So seductive.

I love Sugar in the Raw.

What does the Rooibos taste like, Mignon?

At 6:11 PM, Blogger Mignon said...

Hmmm, Rooibos. I'm going to go make a cup....
OK, First. HOT. And ouch.
Second, like an asian black tea with a little hard-to-name spice to it. Oh hell. That was dumb. Here's a quote from the box:
"Organic Red Mellow Bush has an earthy vanilla taste and pleasing orange color with hints of autumn straw."
I don't know about the vanilla part, but all the rest is close.

At 11:01 PM, Blogger Mignon said...

I reread the description and realized it sounded vaguely pornographic. Cheap thrills.

At 1:37 PM, Blogger Arabella said...

Mmmmmm....tea porn.

At 1:56 PM, Blogger Mrs. Harridan said...

I used to read the Stash tea catalog with similar fervor, and now that I've gone caffeine-free, I'll have to check out the Numi tea catalog as well. I have also enjoyed Yogi teas - lots of different flavors, all good! Yesterday I had lemon ginger that was, amazingly, not too heavy on the ginger. Good for a delicate stomach. :) Thanks for the links.


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