My thoughts on Foodist, by Darya Pino Rose
You’ll remember back to when I when I said dieting doesn’t work, and I discovered summertomato.com, Darya’s website? I was drawn because she discussed how lack of sleep wrecks willpower. And she’s pretty much anti-dieting.
I know exactly what she means by the weakness of willpower. All it takes me saying that I’m not going to eat something, or that I’m going to get up at 5am, or that I’m cutting back to make me want that thing soooo bad, whether it’s food or sleep or the sugariest of margaritas.
And I hate dieting. I hate turning down my favourite foods. Especially since I’m a pretty simple eater, and narrowing my choices leaves me with, well, not much choice.
Darya eschews the term diet, favouring instead “healthstyle.” She notes “in popular culture the word ‘diet’ is synonymous with willpower and restriction, which as we’ve seen are the enemies of longterm success” (31). Darya believes it’s not about super foods or carb cutting, but about taking the time to enjoy real, whole food in realistic portions and exercise.
I was really impressed when Darya discussed the “psychology of good taste” (162). She has a section about gateway vegetables and a story from another ‘born-again foodist.’ Darya might even be talking to me through this book and it’s kinda creepy but wow when she suggests “there’s a good chance that you don’t even believe your palate can adapt to eating vegetables or unfamiliar foods at this point in your life” (162). AND she actually acknowledges how people (ME) don’t like veggies due to texture.
I’ve got to say I recommend Foodist. I found it an easy read, with recipes that tempt me into trying new vegetables, like the roasted beets pictured here, with chèvre and mint.
Darya does put some urgency into local and organic foods as well. And of course I’m all about locavore love. I borrowed Foodist from my local library, but you could also check your local bookseller, or buy online at amazon.ca.
Almost immediately after finishing Foodist, I went grocery shopping at my local Super Store. Which has a pretty great organic section. Looking at those prices though – wow!!! This may be a hiccup in my becoming a Foodist.
Darya also suggest farmers markets. They’re a terrific place to shop for fruit and veg because you know you’re buying ‘in season’. Super market, out of season foods may be engineered or modified to become ripe, which may alter taste and nutrition etc etc. I love farmers markets, knowing my food is from local producers, many of them organic. Plus my favourite one in Old Strathcona has a booth offering the most delicious to-die-for shrimp and pork dumplings.
And while visiting the farmer’s market is on my list, I’ve also been turned on to the Organic Box, a food delivery service. Maybe I can be a Foodist after all.
Does anyone else subscribe to this or something similar? Anything I should be aware of going into my first delivery? Has anyone else read Foodist or subscribed to Darya Pino Rose’s blog?
Rose, Darya Pino. Foodist: using real food and real science to lose weight without dieting. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 2013. Print.