Michael Pollan, author of The Omnivore's Dilemma (our "textbook" for the EatGreen Evolution course), took on the topic of cooking in his 2013 book Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation. This book takes a look at the ways in which we've lost touch with the ancient art of cooking and transforming our own food. And, in modern day fashion, that book has become a Netflix docu-series titled Cooked, exploring the topic of cooking, our contemporary obsession with watching others cook, and our society's ongoing issues around food — including everyone's growing paranoia about gluten.
Pollan discusses our "national eating disorder" in The Omnivore's Dilemma and has previously made it known that he finds the gluten-free craze an example of "social contagion". And sadly, as a certified nutritionist, I both agree and disagree with this statement. I have found that many people avoid gluten not having any scientific or metabolic backing to their decision - they merely do so because it it "in fashion". However, those that should avoid it (anyone with an autoimmune condition or diagnosed gluten allergy/celiac disease), do not do so and do not even consider the idea.
Pollan also added, "There are people who feel better when they get off gluten, which may not have anything to do with the gluten. It may have to do with the fact that maybe they’re getting off carbs." And this can be very true and often, the gluten that we are eating, is largely found in overly-processed and under-nutritious foods.
So, do you know what foods you should be eating or what foods you should be avoiding? Do you know how to shop, cook and enjoy such foods? Have you lost (or never found) your love and appreciation of the art of cooking? If you are unsure about any of the above and you would like to know for sure what your body and mind needs to work its best, then you are in luck! The Institute is launching a Workshop Series: The Art & Love of Cooking. Workshop details will be announced in the coming weeks. If you are not already on our email list, please signup today. We do not share your information or fill up your inbox (really, we don't!).
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