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AUGUST 28, 2008   More below: EATING WELL

Dumpster alien

Sticker with spray-painted silhouette of what looks like an alienI don't know what this small sticker on the side of the recycling dumpster behind the West Side Market means, but I love it.

The spray-painted alien (or is it a praying mantis?) is just great, especially paired with the orb that could be a moon or planet. Or something.

To give you a sense of scale, the two stickers together measure about 6 x 4 inches. The black marks at the top of the photo may be some random dumpster marking but seem to connect with the stickers somehow.

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Eating well

I've been influenced greatly by Barbara Kingsolver's book, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. Friends have told me I should also read The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan. And now he's got a new book, In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto that I'm looking forward to reading.

Headshot of author Michael PollanI was convinced after watching a video of his talk at Google headquarters suggesting that we may be going too far with what he calls "Nutritionism" (over-reliance on experts). I'm impressed. He gives simple, good advice about what to eat and what to avoid.

To summarize: don't trust the experts (yet), trust human culture. Eat the way people have traditionally eaten (not unlike the message of Kingsolver's book). His advice is summarized in seven words he considered as a title for his new book:

Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.

Other suggestions from Pollan's talk:

You can watch Pollan's talk here. It's an hour long but worth it. I watched while I did odds and ends of other tasks, and stopped frequently to pay closer attention.

In addition to giving good advice, he explains why healthy food costs more, and why it's important that those of us who can afford to, "vote with our forks" by patronizing farmers' markets, buying organic, locally grown food, etc.

And in case all this sounds too serious for you, don't worry. He has a great sense of humor. Skip Dancing with the Stars tonight and watch this talk.

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