For a while now my un-training mantra has been “Run lots. Mostly slow. Sometimes fast.” In the similar vein of easy & clever bumper-sticker-slogan “systems” is the No-S diet with its 14 word “No seconds, no snacks, no sweets, except sometimes, on days beginning with S.” That addresses habit but not nutrition. Even more simply put would be “Eat food, not to much, mostly plants.” This NYT article simplifies that much of what we eat is not really food, and traces the rise of Nutritionism over simply Eating Food. (then proceeds to ramble on for 12 pages…) (I am now rambling.) Good article on eating and food, in the NYT.
No one likes to admit that his or her best efforts at understanding and solving a problem have actually made the problem worse, but that’s exactly what has happened in the case of nutritionism. Scientists operating with the best of intentions, using the best tools at their disposal, have taught us to look at food in a way that has diminished our pleasure in eating it while doing little or nothing to improve our health. Perhaps what we need now is a broader, less reductive view of what food is, one that is at once more ecological and cultural. What would happen, for example, if we were to start thinking about food as less of a thing and more of a relationship?
(via Trent on RunningAhead)