Thursday, March 11, 2010

My Favorite Reads: Don't Eat This Book

My Favorite Reads

Each week I am featuring one of my favorite reads from the past. March is National Nutrition Month so I am doing all books on food/drink this month! Here's the book for this week:

Don’t Eat This Book Unabridged Cd by Morgan Spurlock

Summary (from Goodreads):
This story goes far beyond Morgan Spurlock's good-humored "Mc-Sickness." In Don't Eat This Book, he examines what's happening across the country - in schools, hospitals, and homes and explores school lunch programs, the marketing of fast food, and the sharp decline in emphasis on physical education. Spurlock looks at why fast food is so tasty, cheap, and ultimately seductive, and what Americans can do to turn the rising tide of obesity, hypertension, and diabetes that have accompanied its ever-growing popularity. He interviewed experts in twenty U.S. cities - from surgeon generals and kids to lawmakers and marketing gurus - who share their research, opinions, and "gut feelings" on our expanding girth and what we can all do to offset a health crisis of supersized proportions.

Why I chose this book:
I loved Mr. Spurlock's documentary "Super-Size Me" not to mention his TV show "30 Days", so when I heard about this book I was intrigued, but it took a while before I read it. I believe I listened to this immediately after The Omnivore's Dilemma (stay tuned for that one). At the time I was a road rep in New England and often fast food was my only option as I had next to no time to eat and super-limited options, particularly for what can be eaten while driving. But this did get me off of fast food for a month or so. Mr. Spurlock has a lot of personality and I know some people can find him grating but if you find him hilarious like I do, this book is great. Much less pedantic and earnest than Fast Food Nation. Humor is an excellent way to persuade me rather than beating me about the head. But yum, I do love me some McDonald's French fries.


DCMetroreader said...

I loved Supersize me (although I still periodically grab a sandwich at Mickey D's I never supersize it)! This looks like a terrific read.

Laurel-Rain Snow said...

This looks like something we should all read! I gave up "fast food" a few years ago, but sometimes it's tempting to just pull into the drive-through window!

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Alyce said...

I think it's difficult to eat anything but fast food when you travel if you have a tight budget. The only other thing is to plan way ahead and pack a cooler. I guess I just need more discipline and to plan ahead more. :)

I think that a lot of the foods in the grocery store are pretty bad too. I think a lot of people opt for pre-packaged food because they don't have the knowledge (or willpower) to make things from scratch. I know that there are recipes out there that don't take hours and hours. I think a lot of it comes down to justifying bad eating habits because of a lack of time (I know that happens in our house).

Carin Siegfried said...

well in my house, Alyce, it's not only lack of time/willingness to make an effort, but it's also the difficulty of making meals for 1 person. Especially when it's 1 person who hates leftovers. Bringing a cooler with me to New England every week on the plane would've been a bit much I think! :) Plus, I had an expense account so eating lunches out wasn't a problem - it was the time factor that was the biggest reason I mostly ate fast food. I had a hamburger last night (yum) but it was at a diner, and I think it was better than McDonalds though still not health food. I did end up knowing where every single Panera Bread was in New England. Still a chain, but I figured a salad was better.

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