Wednesday, January 3, 2018

In Defense of Food

Shirley and I have watched this documentary about three times and rate it right up there with the best. I think Michael Pollan did well here. The film is a work of art, with lots of art! And great photography.

I love food! It is one of life's greatest pleasures. 

The sad thing is that four of the Top Ten Killers are linked to diet. And since I have diabetes, I am highly motivated to try to reverse this problem.

It is not my intention to summarize the entire 108-minute documentary here... but just to give you a few of the highlights so you will hopefully want to see it for yourself.

One of the things this documentary will be remembered for is Pollan's interesting Food Rules. 

This is the short answer to the supposedly incredibly complicated and confusing question of what humans should eat in order to be healthy.

Michael isn't selling any particular diet. And you don't have to be a scientist to know how to eat. It's really pretty simple. You can forget about counting calories.

So much of the factory-prepared food contain preservatives to increase their shelf life... not your life!

Why do you think we should avoid foods that are advertised on TV?

I liked the suggestion to eat your colours. We bought our first dragon fruit this past week and it was a lot of fun. Get out of the rut and try some interesting things.

Michael is pretty middle of the road on this one. For me, meat has become less important to have and more important to avoid.

He gives "plant-based" a new meaning to me!

Learn how using smaller plates can save you gaining 6 to 9 pounds in a year.

The order in which you dish up your food is super important. That is why I used to like to start with pie in a restaurant! That way I would always be sure to get dessert!

Michael says that the French spend 127 minutes a day eating... the Americans 67 minutes. For sure we can do better than this. I think we are just too busy and don't really care.

Take a minute to watch the trailer. This documentary was on PBS in December.

There are several more cool rules... but you have to see the movie! It's available on NetFlix and on YouTube. There are several on YouTube, but the full movie is the PBS Version.

As we begin this New Year, It is my hope that we can all learn more about how to eat smarter, live longer and have a better quality of life.  I welcome your comments and suggestions. 

This is just the first review that I plan to do on health-related topics. More exciting things to follow!


  1. good to see you back Pa. the Pollan doc looks good -- i'm chasing down the smaller portions angle this year

  2. Good man! You will be rewarded for every step you take in the right direction. I know you will enjoy the documentary. We have seen it three times and every time I find things I didn't remember seeing before.

  3. Pollan is super cool. Been a fan for a long time.

    1. You introduced him to me a several years ago. Thank you, and I think this film is his best work to date. In addition to the gentle way he presents his facts, the artwork and photography are excellent!