San Francisco\'s Ferry Building Farmer\'s MarketI just finished Michael Pollan’s ‘In Defense of Food’ and ‘Omnivore’s Dilemna’.  As I write a lot about how to green your San Francisco home it is natural that I am looking for ways to green my own self, if there is such a thing. The premise in Michael Pollan’s book is simple, ‘Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.’ Food that is ‘enriched’ is not food. Food with ingredients that have more than 5 syllables, is not food. Look at bread labels – last time I checked bread was made with flour, yeast, water, and butter. Peruse some of the labels on ‘enriched breads’ and you will find ingredients that are unpronounceable.  Is that food?

Visit San Francisco’s farmers markets.  Get back to basics, whole foods, whole grains, local (and seasonal) organic fruits and vegetables, and get educated about organic meats. For example, free range chicken many times means the chicken has a tiny dirt area to run around in for a very limited time. This is a big subject that could be written about at length but hopefully this will spur one to research further.

Pollan’s recommendations:

Pay more, eat less. Buy the higher quality organic foods (which cost more) but overall you will be more satieted and eat less.

Eat meals. Not at your desk. Eat meals with others.

Buy a standalone freezer. It holds more food than a traditional refrigerator freezer so that you can buy in bulk at farmer’s markets and preserve the food. Studies show you can freeze food and not lose as many nutrients as previously believed.

Bless your food. You’ll eat less (so they say). A preschooler shared this saying with me recently. ‘We love our bread, we love our butter. But most of all, we love each other!’

Green your San Francisco home and while you are at it, green your body! If you choose to live in a green, healthy environment, why stop there? Look at the quality of your food intake. You will be more satieted, possibly eat less and who knows, lose a few pounds while you’re at it. I would bet there is a connection to healthy eating and better quality sleep too.  That’s my guess and my hope as well.