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April 29, 2008

The Bottom Line

All this talk about food and health and blah blah blah must have the reader wondering, "why is she doing this?" Good question reader, good question. I'm really not just eating healthy to lose weight or because it's a cool fad. Seriously. If I were that type of person, I would have died 2 years ago in the Atkin's diet meat-raffle-athon.

In all reality, my desire for healthy food and an overall healthy living came after reading a string of muck-racking books (more notably Omnivore's Dilemma and Fast Food Nation) and subsequently hearing about tainted food in grocery stores on the news. I think that's what really sealed the deal.

What I learned from Omnivore's Dilemma was that my consumption was not just hurting my health, but the health of the farming industry, the American economy, and spilling over to the rest of the world. I'm not just against the trans fat and high fructose corn syrup; I'm against the entire agri-military complex. The way that nutrients are sucked dry from the earth and pesticides are drained into lakes are really big issues for a tree-hugger like myself. And although I'm not an animal rights activist, after reading Fast Food Nation's account about what happens in a slaughterhouse, I just feel disgusted thinking about what goes into a mcchicken or a nacho belle grande.

So, dear reader, in short (and diatribe-ish way), this is why I eat healthy, natural food.

April 28, 2008

Chipotle Revisted

So nix everything I said about Chipotle. Soon after my last blog, a Chipotle brand manager came to my marketing class to talk about his company and his job. First off, I need to correct an error; Chipotle has not been a part of McDonald's since 2007. In fact, prior to that, McDonald's was just a venture capitalist with a majority stake in the company, and it never made any management decisions.

And to clarify about Chipotle's food sources. Turns out their suppliers for raw materials from meat and vegetables all the way down to their paper napkins are all natural. Nowadays, the term "natural" is slapped on any company, even Roundy's potato chips say they have all natural flavorings (which is crap-they just keep extracting chemicals from natural sources until there's nothing "natural" left). But Chipotle actually goes to all of its suppliers and does routine checks to make sure no hormones are thrown in chicken feed and no pesticides are sprayed on the avocados. Their napkins are a dirty brown because they refuse to bleach them due to the environmental degradation that causes.

But all this information should be taken with a grain of salt because it is the brand manager of Chipotle telling me all this afterall, and he's the giant burrito in the advertising field. Still, I've changed my mind regarding the healthy-eatability of Chipotle's food. I think that Pollan would approve of their fajitas, although he'd probably only eat half and save the rest for dinner.

April 21, 2008

Have it your way?

Another week, another diet. Now I'm starting up on Subway. I figure I'm not really breaking from Pollan's guidelines because I'm still (a) eating unprocessed food that are (b) mostly plants. Problem is, I'm buying from a franchise which is automatically not local and even though the food is alright, the business model is all wrong.

On a side note, all this healthy food is really getting to me. Yesterday, I went to McDonald's, got a Big n' Tasty and large fries, and my stomach felt like crap literally 20 seconds after swallowing.

Speaking of McDonald's, at least I'm not eating at its subsidiary, Chipotle. It might fit the bill of having local, non-prescriptioned-up chicken, but it's definitely violating the "Not too much food" part of Pollan's mantra. Seriously. Each burrito has over 3,500 calories. Can you get more ridiculous? Plus, when compared to McDonald's business, at least Subway is owned by an association of supposed "Doctors". McDonalds was born out of a failing salesman who basically stole the idea of creating fast hamburgers and ran with it.

So all in all, Subway isn't that bad. Watch out Jared. Here I Come.

EDIT: Wow, I just read over what I wrote and I basically convince myself to eat organized food. But it tastes so good toasted.