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Food Rules, Rule Number Sixteen

March 21, 2010

photo by tony reyes

“The woman said to the serpent, ‘We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden;”

-Genesis 3:2 (NRSV)

Well, if you’re already at the Farmer’s Market, why not think about meeting more of your snack needs there? Later on in this book Pollan will urge us to only eat Junk Food that we make ourselves (how about french fries only when you cut and fry them yourself–takes the impulse part right out the equation).

But for now, it’s time to re-envision what a “snack” is in the first place. What we’re really after is a small energy bomb that keeps your sated status percolating until the next full meal, and there’s no reason to deprive yourself just because of some macho idea that “I cannot eat anything except at meals.”

I have lots of fit friends who eat constantly; they just don’t eat a lot of any one thing, and they tend to make better choices than I do. Snak doesn’t have to be a four-letter word (well, it isn’t a four-letter word anyway).

My family really enjoys cut carrots and celery, and the mouth-feel is better than most of the commercially prepared snack foods. Don’t give up snacking. Give up snacking on garbage.

In the quote above, Eve is reminding the serpent of the bounty they DID have to eat in the garden. God gave the first two people what must be the best the world has to offer. Wouldn’t it figure it would be tasty in its natural raw state?


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