Reading wasn’t on my things I want to accomplish in 2011 list, but I’ve been thinking… I watch a lot of tv. Which is made worse by the fact that we don’t have cable. So, I have become addicted to shows like The Biggest Loser and America’s Got Talent. Which is only marginally better than watching Law & Order reruns on TNT all night. (Oh, Jerry, I miss you.)
An honestly, I’ve been kinda okay with my routine. After 6:30p, I’m pretty worthless, so television is a relatively low impact way to pass the evening. But I recently started following Life as MOM and Jessica is doing a repeat of her Booking It series from last year. And I thought, eh, maybe that wouldn’t be such a bad thing for me to do.
Because I think the biggest reason I don’t read more often is that I don’t know what to read. I’ve never been a huge follower of fiction, so most of the books I read are about geeky stuff, like child care, organic living, or digestive diseases. Riviting, I know. But if it’s not a relevant topic to my season of life… I’m not particularly motivated to delve into further research.
So, that’s where I can see Booking It being a good fit for me. There is a recommended reading list, but it’s not like school where you have to read The Grapes of Wrath in 10 days and then write a 5 page paper on it. (Please forgive me. I have no idea how long it took me to read The Grapes of Wrath
cliffnotes or what the required paper length was. Sorry. I had to add that disclaimer. It was bugging me.) You pick the books off the list that interest you, or make your own choices, and once a month you can link up to discuss. Or not. I doubt she’s going to send my high school English teacher, Mrs. Harris, after me if I don’t report in.
To kick off my reading extravaganza, I picked up a few books at the library on my way home from work. What to Expect: The Toddler Years, The Toddler Whisperer (Can you tell I’m having difficulties with my almost 2 year old?), and Food Rules by Michael Pollan. (You know that guy that wrote Omnivore’s Dilemma and was featured in the movie Food, Inc?) Which I read today. At work. In about 2 hours. Between phone calls. Don’t rat me out to my boss, please.
In saying that, I’m telling you to find this book. And read it. It’s a fast read and interesting in it’s simplicity. Who can’t benefit from some nutritional words of wisdom? And you don’t have to be a die hard foodie to enjoy it’s content.
Matter of fact, much of it is pure common sense. May I introduce you to Rule #2: “Don’t eat anything your great-grandmonther wouldn’t recognize as food.” For example, Go-gurt. While yogurt is a wonderfully healthy food, once you add in lots of artificial colors and sweeteners, you’re left with a tube of freakishly colored goop… Kinda gross.
However, I felt a little shame upon reading Rule #20: “It’s not food if it arrived through the window of your car.” Egad! You mean McDonald’s is not an appropriate food source? I mean, seriously… Even healthy people shouldn’t eat McDonald’s. However, knowing better and doing better are not always the same thing. Along those same lines is Rule #57: “Don’t get your fuel from the same place your car does.” I live behind a QT. 32oz Dr. Peppers for $0.69? Hellz yeah. I know it’s not good for me. But. I. Need. It.
Reading this book may not instantaneously revolutionize your eating habits. But it can be the beginning of change. A change that we desperately need as a society. Because we are killing ourselves with this crap.