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23 August 2010

You are what you eat

It's been chaotic here, and I suspect it'll remain like this for a good while. I've been trying to figure out how to schedule my days now that Ali is at home full time, and for the next 3 weeks until she'll be back in school. I need to entertain her big time. I crave for better free time to catch up with my projects. I'd say that never having proper time for yourself is the only time when kids suck. 

Yesterday I found something inspiring to keep me start blogging again. A young American guy, Mark Menjivar, explored hunger with his project 'You are what you eat', for which he photographed the contents of people's refrigerators for about a year. 

I had fun at looking at his photos. There's almost certainly a narative to a fridge's arrangment and, if we really are what we eat, then our refrigerators are like windows into our souls.  Some of the pics really made me iagine the terrors of the table in those homes. It is astonishing that so many living organisms can be feeded with such abnormities. It makes me feel okay with my wrong eating habits , go figure! I normally skip lunch and rely on dinner for most of my nourishment, and fill  my day with high calorie drinks, snacks and junk food. But I'm trying to change. I already started. Having Alice for lunch over when she starts school in September will be an extra motivation to eat healthy.

So here's what's inside my fridge. Have a nose!

It's only stocked up for a couple of days, I no longer buy all at once, but try to pick up the essentials and make sure they're always fresh and at hand with regular grocery shopping. And fruit is within view but  it's there, filed away in the containers. I'm trying to force myself to eat more fruit, even if I'm not keen on that. So, let's say these days my fridge is diet-friendly. No more "just in case company comes" or "I buy it for the kid" excuses!

The variety and quality of food available here is one of the few things that makes me happy to live in Italy nowadays.
In Italy--the Slow Food nation par excellence--food constitutes 18 percent of the family budget, and according to a Slow Food survey, a large majority of Italians say they would be willing to pay up to 20 percent more for food in order to guarantee its quality. In a world where tens of billions are spent each year on such nonessential items as gambling, cosmetic surgery and pornography, there is clearly some wiggle room to spend a few dollars more a week on food (source).
"Man is what he eats", said 19th century philosopher Ludwig Feuerbach. Our identities, all of them, are shaped by our eating. Food is medicine. Thus eating the right food at the right time is important for our health. Let me go eat somethin now, by the way! LOL

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