People sure are giving out a lot of free advice this January, have you noticed? If I read the word antioxidant one more time, I think I’ll go have me a donut.
A couple of pieces of New Year’s advice have jumped out at me, however. You know how it is when you have been mulling something for a while, then you read an article that seems to be speaking directly to YOU.
Here are a couple of those eerie articles that are TALKING TO ME. Maybe they’ll grab you, too.
Michael Pollan is everybody’s favorite kind-hearted rabble-rousing foodie revolutionary. The thing I like about him is that he’s so reasonable, so unshrill. No preaching, no condescension. He doesn’t make me feel bad about the incredibly poor choices I sometimes make when it comes to food; he simply makes the case for why a cow is an expensive and earth-busting way to get a protein. He’s not mean about it, and I think that’s why he has had such success in getting us to think about food in a better way.
His wee new book, Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual is his latest unpolemical exhortation, this time giving us a short collection of rules for eating better. I like this one:
#39 Eat all the junk food you want as long as you cook it yourself.
There is nothing wrong with eating sweets, fried foods, pastries, even drinking soda every now and then, but food manufacturers have made eating these formerly expensive and hard-to-make treats so cheap and easy that we’re eating them every day. The french fry did not become America’s most popular vegetable until industry took over the jobs of washing, peeling, cutting, and frying the potatoes — and cleaning up the mess. If you made all the french fries you ate, you would eat them much less often, if only because they’re so much work. The same holds true for fried chicken, chips, cakes, pies, and ice cream. Enjoy these treats as often as you’re willing to prepare them — chances are good it won’t be every day.
Once I figure out how to drive thru my own kitchen, this is going to be great.
2. Arianna Huffington’s “Sleep Challenge 2010: Women, It’s Time to Sleep Our Way to the Top. Literally.”
I love sleep. I love sleeping, all the time. I can drop off anywhere, anytime. My bed is my favorite place on earth. Narcolepsy is in my genes. But I’m not always getting the 7.5 hours straight sleep that is the holy grail of sleep–the five 90-minute sleep cycles that give your body a real rest. So I’m going to try to do what Arianna Huffington is suggesting: a month of full nights of sleep. Go read her piece–it’s all so sensible.
It means I won’t get to midnight-shop Bloomingdale’s 70% Sale After the Sale, or watch the last part of another Jane Austen adaptation AGAIN. If I just keep the laptop out of my bedroom, and hide the TV remote, I think I can do this. It means an 11 pm bedtime, that’s all.
Anybody want to join me?