Yesterday marked the anniversary of two momentous No Meat Athlete events, if there is such a thing. First and foremost, it was the three-month anniversary of my new diet! Actually, three months ago is when I turned pescetarian; it was still another month or so before I stopped eating fish. So big ups to me (and Erin), if I don’t say so myself! Honestly, it has not for one second been a struggle. I was so worried about what it would do to my passion for cooking, but if anything, my cooking and eating have become more varied, more interesting, and far healthier as a result. But what has been a struggle…
Three Weeks of No Coffee and the 30-Day Challenge
Today marks three complete weeks without coffee for me, and roughly three weeks for most of the readers’ 30-Day Challenges! How are yours going? My guess is that we haven’t lost anyone since last week; I’ve found that after a few weeks of interrupting the old pattern, the habit is mostly broken. But I must admit that even though I don’t crave coffee anymore and there’s no chance I’ll bitch out on the Challenge for a cup of it, I’m still really looking forward to being able to have some again. When Erin realized I was counting down the days, she said something like “Sounds like you’re not ready to give it up.” And I think that’s true. I absolutely want to be able to enjoy coffee from time to time, realizing that it will give me some anxiety but that the pleasure of having a cup or two now and then is worth the tradeoff. But knowing I can go 30 days (or more, if I desired) without having it kind of makes me feel like I control my coffee habit, not the other way around. If I start drinking it every day once this challenge is over though, I expect you to give me some hell about it!
There’s a new movie being released (in a very limited fashion, I’m sure) that’s doing free screenings now. It’s called Food, Inc., and it details the atrocities of the industrial food system and the Western diet, very much along the lines of the Michael Pollan stuff that I’m always pushing. The real-food world is quite abuzz about it; I first heard of it when Oikos included a little flyer for it in the package of yogurt they sent me. I would love to see it, but for now I’m forced to get my fix by reading reviews from those who have. I found a really good, comprehensive, well-written one yesterday, on the new blog Jujudish; take a look!
Reading about this kind of stuff makes my blood boil. And I’m generally a pretty passive guy. I don’t have strong political views (I’ll admit that all a politician has to do for my vote is ease up on gambling legislation), and I don’t get inflamed about anything. But this food-industry stuff (is “food” even the right word anymore?) strikes a chord with me like nothing else. It used to make me proud that I eat well, as if somehow I’m above it all, but the issues run so deep that it’s really impossible not to be impacted. And to think of the hundreds of millions of people who are completely oblivious frustrates and overwhelms me to no end. Again I’m reminded of the quote “Be the change you want to see in the world,” but often it feels like that’s not enough.
Please check out the review of the movie, get ahold of it or see it when you can, and share it with others. Before anything can change, people need to know about what’s going on. Thank you, readers! You can see a trailer here (featuring Michael Pollan himself), at the blog Feed Me I’m Cranky.