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I am obsessed with food. No idea when the obsession started. I always loved to cook and bake. I was a meat eater all through my childhood. I tried vegetarian during adolescence.
I have lived gluten free for several months and have avoided dairy at the same time (as well as coffee, sugar, chocolate, alcohol at the same time). This phase was not my desire but a necessity. I was sick for a long time and then advised to stay away from these foods for a certain period. The best part: I felt great. As good as I have never felt before or after. I didn't imagine it would be difficult. It wasn't. Mostly I enjoyed it. Enjoyed myself and my new me. Even though with the knowledge now that it made me sick again. Differently. Obsessed not with food, but with the food I could not have. With my own body. It was a struggle. But the struggle is over.
Back to food. I tried everything without hesitation. Mostly, I simply changed my diet, adopted to the new. Explored the supermarket for new desirable products. I became and am a master in reading and deciphering food labels.
Before I left highschool, while trying to figure out what I should be studying, I considered nutrition science. It was at the top of my wish list. I dropped that idea though. Too much chemistry, to little real food. I hated chemistry. I loved food. Real food.
I am a concerned consumer. I loved the concept of organic food from the first time I came across it. It took me a quite a while to understand that that was not and is not the case for a lot of people around me. And even now I feel the need to ask: who wants a carrot and who wants something that looks like a carrot but was treated with chemicals and pesticides?I consistently read about food. On the net, in magazines & newspapers. I have quite a collection of books at home (besides the ever growing collection of cookbooks) that deal with food.
How to approach it. What to eat.. How to understand labels and the chemicals we are willing to take in. Which to avoid. I usually end up knowing what I knew before, just more detailed.
My latest favorite is less like a book and more like a brochure. Food Rules by Michael Pollan. He has written other books about the topics. Good books. Books about how our food is produced nowadays and how it could be produced. Food Rules is for the consumer. For the consumer who is bombarded with products in every average supermarket.
And this is how Michael Pollan sums it up. All you probably need to know to eat good: Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much.
Seven words it's all it takes. But there is so much more to it