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the book that is wrecking havoc on my life

I’m reading this book because it was displayed prominently at the library. I’m a sucker for a good cover design and I’d heard about it so I figured I’d see what all the fuss was about. Well, now it has me questioning everything I buy at the grocery store and forget about eating out ever again (not that we do that much anyway since Toby has such an aversion to restaurants). I can’t even buy bread anymore without thinking about guar gum and monoglycerides. It’s got me all in a tizzy. Anybody have a good wheat bread recipe?

everyday my French press mocks me

You can’t really tell in this picture but every morning when I make my delicious French Press coffee I have to stare at myself reflecting in the lid with a bulging double chin. I hate it! In my mind I look just fine and then I look down and say, Ack! Who is that middle-aged person looking back at me?!! Of course I know that I am a three-dimensional person who is more than just the sum of her pudgy parts. But still it does sort of put a small teeny-tiny damper on an otherwise very pleasant part of my morning.

everything I touch is pink pink is the new green

The pinkness is killing me. I don’t know if you’ve heard but Bug is obsessed with pink now. The world is color-coded for her and if you remember how much she loved green then you will realize how consuming this new love of pink is. Hot pink to be specific but sometimes she’ll settle for other shades. Everything must be pink. There were tears involved on the day that you see her wearing jeans and a light pink shirt. Thankfully, she rectified the desperate situation with some pink sunglasses or else I don’t think I’d ever have gotten her to leave the house. She seriously wears pink puffy skirts (not tutus—they’re too scratchy) and a hard pink plastic crown EVERYDAY. It’s been going on for a month now.

I wanted to have a snow birthday party for her this year with a tram ride to the top of a mountain in Palm Springs but I am having doubts that I can pull that off with a hot pink color palette. Hot pink snow boots maybe? Good thing it’s a long way off.


  • sizzle

    I have wanted to read that book. It’s on my list though I, too, am concerned about how drastically I will want to change my life. I also want to watch Food, Inc. but hesitate for the same reasons.

  • bethany

    i love michael pollans books, that one’s still on my list as I haven’t found it cheap/free yet :). yes it makes you question everything! we’ve changed a ton of our food choices since reading his stuff, and also a cookbook my sis gave me called Nourishing Traditions which gets into what people used to eat, and lots of science/research behind what people at before processed food. gut wrenching :).
    so glad i have boys when i read posts like this, i think i’d go crazy with color obsessiveness! pink glitter snow?? i’m sure it will be fab whatever you cook up.

  • Gramma

    Since my doctors have limited what I can eat, gone are the raw salads, raw fruit, dairy products and whole grains, We’re down to just plain unadudlated basics…no more semi-processed foods!. Yes, I even cook my fresh peach sliced into my oatmeal before it gets nuked in the microwave. I do believe I am feeling better, certainly no more diarrhea.

  • Anny Chen

    Try this!

    Quick and Easy Whole Wheat Bread

    • 2 Tsp. honey
    • 2 2/3 Cup lukewarm water
    • 4 Tsp. dry yeast
    • 3 Tbsp. Molasses
    • 5 Cups whole wheat flour
    • 1/2 Tsp. salt
    • 1/4 Cup wheat germ
    • 1 Tbsp. Oatmeal (optional)

    1. Preheat oven to 400 Degrees F.
    2. Stir 2 teaspoons honey into 2/3 cup lukewarm water. Sprinkle yeast over the mixture. Set aside for 10 minutes.
    3. Combine 3 tablespoons molasses with 2/3 cup warm water and combine with yeast mixture. Stir into flour.
    4. Add salt, wheat germ and 1 1/3 cups warm water. Dough will be sticky.
    5. Pour dough into a non-stick loaf pan. Smooth top with wet spatula.
    6. Sprinkle Oatmeal over top of loaf, if desired.
    7. Allow to rise to top of pan.
    8. Bake at 400 degrees for 30 to 40 minutes.
    9. Cool 10 minutes on a rack, then turn out of pan.
    10. Cool before slicing.

  • Madge

    Food Inc. changed my life months ago. We’ve been doing as much unprocessed as we can but even the unprocessed stuff, really is process. I’d love to live on a farm growing my own veg and eating my own eggs and chickens. I don’t know if I could wrangle the slaughtering of a cow.

    I know pink very well. Pixie LOVES pink, but luckily she has no input on her clothing whatsoever. I hope it lasts for a long time because I like dressing her in clothes I like, haha.

  • Ninabi

    I like Pollan’s books as well. Everything in moderation, I say. Enjoy food! Do you read David Lebovitz’s blog? He lives in France and oh! the food and recipes. I seem to remember he once wrote after a trip to the US he was relieved to be back in Paris because he didn’t worry about having to save the planet by what he was eating or not eating.

    And what is this about double chins? You look fantastic. I loved those pictures of Bug and you on your jeep/desk adventure- a pretty mother daughter pair who look quite a bit alike. Not seeing any double chins. Women can be their own worst critics, sometimes and I’ve had older friends in their 60s and 70s tell me they look back with astonishment at old photos of themselves, wondering why on earth they thought they looked bad in their younger days and wishing they’d enjoyed who they wonderfully were at the time.

  • Kuky

    I think I will go to the library and check that out today. Especially since I need to go return my overdue book that I keep forgetting. I’ve forgotten three days in a row now!!

    And I never think of myself as middle age. I just sometimes wonder where the white hair is coming from. And sometimes I look at my face in the mirror and I don’t feel like I look young anymore. It’s weird. I know it’s me but sometimes if just feels like a stranger’s face.

    And the pinkness is killing me. Killing me with the cute. I guess it’s easier to be on this side seeing it rather than having to live with it though. If Isabelle decided to go all pink I think we’d have a super problem.

  • a chris

    Ohhh dear. I was wondering whether pink was the new green.

    Ninabi hits the mark for me — two ways. I don’t see a double chin on you (on me, sure)… and: I just saw a photo of myself when I was 9+ months pregnant with G. Boy did I look young and fresh! Heeheehee. Didn’t think so at the time.

  • bethany actually

    I said this on Flickr but I’ll say it here too…Annalie used to be all about blue all the time. When she was about Bug’s age, she went through a pink phase. Now, she’s liking blue again, and pink, and purple, and if those colors aren’t available she’ll accept some other color. So Bug’s color obsessiveness will probably shift again…though maybe not in time for her January birthday!

  • Erin

    Just a quick note about the birthday party (because I love kid parties and always enjoy the shin-digs you host). Why not combine your adorable snow theme and Bug’s love of pink? Pink snowcones, pink snowboots, that insta-snow could probably be dyed a shade of pink, fluffy pink cotton candy that looks like snow, polar bears in pink shades and pink snowsuits or pink snowflakes for your invites, strawberry flavored hot cocoa with pink marshmallows, pink and white candy canes, strawberry jam sandwiches cut by a cookie cutter that looks like a snowflake, pink chocolate milk….how fun!

  • bonnie

    Michael Pollan stresses me out. I really completely support him and his mission, but at the same time it’s a PROCESS for each individual person to make and when you are in the midst of that process, as I am, it’s very hard to balance honoring where you are with still moving forward and not letting yourself get overwhelmed. Or maybe that’s just me.

  • Kristin H

    I completely agree with you, Bonnie. I read Pollan’s book two years ago and it was overwhelming. As you say it is an individual and gradual process. Budgeting for “good” food was a struggle for me. It’s so tempting to buy non organic fruits and veggies. So cheap!

  • Ellen W

    I enjoy Pollan’s books and wish I could be more committed to eating lcoally and organic. However, I am on a fairly strict budget and have a hard time paying so much more compared to Costco. Also, living in Montana makes it much more difficult to eat local due to our short growing season and harsh winters.