If you're new to thinking about food and nutrition in a more meaningful way than wondering which fast food establishment to visit on the way home from work, you should start your journey by watching Food, Inc. It gives a great introduction to the modern food industrial complex and begins to examine the question of how we should be eating to really thrive: live a long, active, healthy life with the best chance of avoiding major disease.
I think Michael Pollan sums it up most succinctly in his mantra, "Eat food. Mostly plants. Not too much." Food meaning the kind of food that your great-grandmother would recognize, so Pop Tarts are out. Plants meaning fruits and veggies, and fruit-flavored skittles don't count. Not too much meaning quit stuffing your face to the point of feeling sick. This? Is actually much easier said than done, mind you.
If you're ready to continue on your journey, here are my top five books/movies to guide you:
•Fat, Sick, & Nearly Dead (film)
•Eat to Live by Dr. Joel Fuhrman
•Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan
•My Beef with Meat by Rip Esselstyn
•Forks over Knives (film)
There's much, much more to learn about food and nutrition, but I'll be honest, it's going to seem overwhelming. Start with these and feel free to ask me questions. I've been trying to figure this stuff out for awhile now and can steer you in the right direction, regardless of your dietary preferences.
I've been studying nutrition and healthy eating for over a decade. As the saying goes, food can be either the safest and most powerful form of medicine or the slowest form of poison.
Stray Dog Revolution