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Diet for Life

Diet for Life

My daily meal plan is simple but somewhat nutritious (in my opinion). Like diet. For breakfast, I have two slices of toast, scrambled eggs, and a cup of coffee. I cannot go without breakfast as it is the meal that kick starts my day, and it determines how enthusiastic the day will be. Most of the time, I skip lunch. However, when I get the chance to eat, I take rice with some vegetables such as broccoli. I have the lightest meal during dinner time. It comprises of a vegetable salad and fruits. Throughout the day, I take lots of water. I can drink between eight to ten glasses of water religiously. I rarely eat meat.

Comparison between the Articles

The article ‘Escape from the Western Diet’ by Michael Pollan is on nutrition. In the article, Pollan mentions that the use of food science in discovering the problem with the Western diet in inevitable. Science offers the best explanations, but they should not be taken as the whole truth (Pollan 420). One need not belong to an individual school of thought so as to figure out how best to eat. The article points out that people eating a western diet are more prone to diseases and illnesses compared to those that embrace more traditional foods. For that reason, individuals should stop eating a western diet.

Michael Pollan insists that the theories of nutrition are meant to satisfy one’s curiosity about how things work (Pollan 422). These theories are of no benefit to the eater, the medical society, or the food industry. The problem with the food industry is that they capitalize on these scientific theories to go forth and introduce a new line of products into the market. These new products are just but modifications of the Western diet that eaters are so desperately trying to avoid. Not much radical changes are made on food; instead, the problem of processed foods is fuelled even further.

Michael is adamant that society can plot its way out of the Western diet hence his collection of unscientific rules that are meant to steer people to the right direction. One of his rules encourages people to eat food in small quantities. He acknowledges the fact that the environment is the beginning of individuals’ bodily health.  He writes that food should not be defined by the chemical composition alone. Ecological and social relationships should also be considered.

‘What Are You Buying When You Buy Organic’ written by Steven Shapin is an article that demystifies theories surrounding organic foods. It aims at explaining the origin and nutritional implications of these foods. The author emphasizes that people who sell organic food are also out to make profits. It is, therefore, not right to think of small, family-owned, local operations at the mention of organic foods (Shapin 429). Steven says that most people go for natural, thinking that they are alleviating environmental pollution. He describes, through Earthbound that it may be the case because the producers struggle to use environmentally friendly fuels such as biodiesel.

Environmental friendliness is at the heart of organic food production. It is for this reason that their food is safer for human consumption than any other. For instance, organic farmers do not use pesticides on their farms. The result is a salad free of pesticide residues, and this is the beginning of healthy eating. Additionally, it is easier to access fresh organic produce as opposed to processed foods and with freshness comes taste.

The article acknowledges the fact that Indian farming techniques were at some point superior to those of the West (Shapin 434). The health of the soil was the determinant of the health of the consumers. It is this discovery that led to the organic farming revolution. Individuals are encouraged to know the source of what they put in their mouth as this constitutes healthy living.

All in all, these two articles complement each other. Both authors agree that the West feeding culture is detrimental to people’s health. Additionally, they both agree that the environment should be considered in food production. It is the road to leading a healthy life if well preserved. One cannot expect to feed the soil with harmful chemicals and from it, obtain healthy and nutritious carrots.

Personal Experience

Once upon a time, I needed eggs for breakfast. Since I had an early day, I could not wait for a nearby organic store to open. On any other day, I would not buy eggs from anywhere else but this organic store. On that particular day, I had no option but to get them from another warehouse. I beat two eggs to prepare my omelet. When I started frying the eggs, I was shocked at how puffed up they became. I had to confirm that I had beaten two and not four eggs.  I could not eat that meal. To date, I am still not sure why two eggs would swell up so that they looked like they were more than that.

Conclusion

The issue of healthy eating is a communal responsibility. What people eat is likely to determine the kind of individuals that they are. It is important to conserve our environment. It is true that people cannot go back to ancestral ways of life, but it is possible to borrow a leaf. Poor eating habits affect everybody. When an individual becomes a victim of the chronic disease and loses their life, society is affected in one way or the other. A healthy eating nation is a prosperous one.