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My Food Journal..Kind Of

Sunday: 8 am- Lasagna

2 pm- Lasagna

7 pm- Lasagna, 2 pieces of sweet potato pie, sierra mist cranberry soda

Monday: 9 am- Lasagna, 2 pieces of sweet potato pie

4 pm- Lasagna, 2 pieces of sweet potato pie

7 pm- A piece of sweet potato pie, sierra mist cranberry  soda

Tuesday: 130 pm: Burger King cheeseburger meal, medium fry, and medium pink lemonade

6 pm- Omelette with fried bologna, another piece of fried bologna, hawaiian punch

Wednesday: 11:00am- McDonald’s 10 piece McNugget meal with a medium fry and a medium hi-c

5:45 pm- Lean Cuisine Dinner, bowtie pasta which chicken, broccoli, green beans and garlic sauce, a Little Debbie christmas tree cake, grape juice

7:00pm- A piece of strawberry cake

Thursday: 8:30 am- Little Debbie christmas tree cake, 2 pieces of strawberry cake

11:30 am- Mrs. Callender’s frozen dinner, rice, chicken, broccoli, and cheese, grape juice

2:00 pm- 2 pieces of strawberry cake,  Little Debbie Christmas tree cake

6:00 pm- Little Debbie Christmas tree cake

10:30 pm- One banana, Cran-Grape juice


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Food Journal


8 a.m. honey biscuit, 1 piece of bacon, glass of chocolate milk

12 p.m. 3 soft tacos with lettuce, shredded cheese and sour cream, water

3:30 p.m. 1 peanut butter cookie, 1 triple chocolate chip cookie, water

7 p.m. 3 slices of sausage pizza, water


9 a.m. Hardee’s sausage and gravy biscuit, apple, water

1:30 p.m. boiled peanuts, cream soda, popcorn

6 p.m. Chik-fil-a sandwich, waffle fries, diet lemonade

evening: crystal light peach iced tea

9 p.m. “pinapple flower”


5 a.m. plain bagel with honey walnut cream cheese, chocolate milk

all morning: fruit from Edible arraingment

1:30 p.m. tuna sub on italian herb and cheese with lettuce, tomato, and cucumber; apple and water

6 p.m. honey nut squares with milk, chicken noodle soup and raspberry white tea.

8 p.m. coffee with sugar and cream.


5 a.m. Raisin Bran with milk

11 a.m. Tuna sub with lettuce, tomato and cucumbers, water

2:30 p.m. Peanut Butter and Jelly on whole wheat and milk

5 p.m. 2 slices of sausage pizza, raspberry white tea.


5 a.m. Raisin Bran and milk

10:30 a.m. Salami and provolone on whole wheat, water

1 p.m. Raspberry whit tea, goldfish crackers

6 p.m. 4 small pancakes with sugar free syrup and milk.


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Pollan 3.0

Foraging has always been really interesting to me. After reading about Pollan’s adventure in the Forrest I realized I would never want to do that. I like having my food packaged and I have come to accept the mystery of where it came from. As Pollan also said, convenience is so important when it comes to where we get our food. I liked that Pollan compared shifting the pig to wat because that is exactly how I see it. I love meat but if I stop and think about where it comes from and how it got on my plate, I feel guilty.
In my sociology class we have gone over hunter and gathering societies and it was nice to be able to better understand that way of life.

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Omnivore’s Dilemma-Part III

Part III of The Omnivore’s Dilemma is my personal favorite. I enjoyed reading about his experience Pollan had while foraging and creating his own meal from what he could gather from the environment. He planned to hunt for meat, but he was very unequipped and needed to learn how first. He did not have a hunting license nor did he have knowledge on hunting. Angelo Garro helped Pollan out tremendously and he provided him with what he needed to successfully score game. Pollan planned to hunt a wild hog. He noted that hunting was said to be a relationship between man and nature but he did not fully agree with that statement. He understood why humans are at the top of the food chain with his experience while hunting for the pig. Humans hunt and kill their food, making them predators. For humans entire existence they have relied on their intelligence to survive.

Reflecting back on previous readings, I can compare the process of preparation of food in factories and on a large scale to the way our ancestors used to prepare food, the way Pollan prepared his “perfect” meal. It is a relief that not everyone agrees with consuming processed and pre-packaged foods. Although it took much longer for Pollan to prepare his meal, it is much more rewarding for him to eat a meal he worked hard for and knows where each part comes from than to eat a meal out of a paper bag from a drive-thru.

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Omnivore’s Dilemma

Part three of Michael Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma deals with obtaining food for a supper directly from nature.  The three previous meals made by Pollan were from McDonald’s, Whole Foods, and local farms.  The fourth and final meal Pollan made was from products that he obtained from the forest and his garden.  This meal reminded me a lot of the life that Novella Carpenter lived for a month in Oakland.  Pollan argues that living and eating this is not practical in the future, but could help people appreciate their food more than they do now.  Especially when it comes to killing an animal.  There is much more appreciation and food for thought when the objects of supper were slaughter by the eater.  Becoming a conscious eater is what Pollan wants us to become instead of eating prepared food.

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Pollan x3

After over stuffing myself with various Thanksgiving foods it was time to read Pollans final section of “The Omnivore’s Dilemma”.  Here in the final section Pollan discusses the issues we have been discussing lately in class, “To eat or not to eat”, in particular should we eat animals or not. He demonstrates a wonderful paradox to both sides of the argument. We as humans are designed for consuming animals but with all the advances we don’t have to rely solely on animals for food. However what wold become of the animals if we didn’t eat th

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Pollan: Section III

The third section of Michael Pollan’s The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals focuses, literarily, on the “omnivore’s dilemma.” Specifically, Pollan takes an analytical perspective on the ethics of consuming animals. Considering that the human species has fed itself for 99% of its time on earth, Pollan attempts to take a balanced approach and positions existing preferences between vegetarianism and omnivory as a paradox of sorts. Pollan incorporates human anatomy to explain our “natural” ability to be omnivores. For example, our teeth are designed to tear animal flesh and grind plants. Further, our bodies need nutrients that are only found in animals, others only in plants. Hence, if proper food intake distribution is optimized, it may be better for our health to combine plant and animal matter as food. In addition, it is important to consider that omnivory is what allowed humans to adapt to a great many environments all over the planet. On the other hand, the transition from omnivory to vegetarianism is frequently motivated not by health reasons but by peoples’ personal decisions to consider the well being of animals – their treatment and their perception of pain/suffering. Ergo, choosing to be a vegetarian is often motivated by ethical questions concerning the killing of animals. Nonetheless, it is important to remember that nature, seeking balance, requires the existence of predators and prey. Hence, animals are killed in the wild. Ultimately, the question concerning the right path to take – to hunt animals, to raise and then kill them, to protect animal rights, or to deny oneself meat – pose the existing paradox that all of these option become inevitable realities that cannot be escaped. Each path has its own benefits and downsides. That is the mission of Michel Pollan – to show the prevailing philosophies of food consumption and unravel the inadvertent ignorance concerning the origins and the value of our food.

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Omnivore’s Dilemma Personal: The Forest

In the final section of Omnivore’s Dilemma the author Michael Pollan, takes a more personal and hands on approach when it comes to his food.  In this chapter entitled Personal: The Forest, Pollan attempts to prepare a meal, with only ingredients that he has gathered hunted or grown himself.  In this section Pollan describes the meal that he prepares himself.  Pollan prepares a salad of greens that he collects from his garden; he makes bread, a cherry dessert and even hunts and cooks a feral pig with the assistance of local community members.  On page 325 of the book, Pollan is in the process of preparing his meal when he is starts to wonder if people should become vegetarians or not.  I was very interested in this section because as the semester has progressed I have started to question my own eating habits.  As Pollan describes his reasoning for why not all people should become vegetarians I have to admit I was a little relieved.   Pollans reasoning points out that as humans we provide an important source of population control for many species, saying that the elimination of meat from human diets could cause problems with overpopulation for these animals.  Through this reading I believe that it is our food industry that is corrupt and causing the problems that we face today.  It is possible to treat an animal humanely and allow it to live a happy life prior to its slaughter and yet this is not what our food industry is promoting.  In the book Pollan also talks about his belief that we has consumers need to be more aware what are food is, where it comes from, how it traveled to reach us, and its true cost.

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Omnivores Dilemma Part 3

In this section  of Omnivores Dilemma, Michael Pollan decides to prepare a meal for himself. But it is not just an ordinary meal; it is a meal that Pollan grows, hunts and forages for on his own. Pollan asks help from a forager named Angelo Garro about foraging and attaining meat from animals. I found it very interesting how Pollan converts to vegetarian to test himself on whether he can kill an animal for food. Finally, Pollan discusses the question of what is the omnivores dilemma. It is this, that we as humans are meant to eat a wide variety of food and must trust our senses on whether or not some foods are good or bad for us. Pollan hunts for a wild pig and criticizes how he feels that hunting is not actually a connection between man and nature like writers such as Hemingway described it. I feel that Hemingway described hunting in a true light. It is a bond between man and nature; we as humans are natural born predators and we are at the top of the food chain. We hunt for our food and we kill to survive. Pollan is an outsider coming in to a world totally beyond his comprehension so naturally he would feel opposite the views of Hemingway. I found this section very interesting regarding foraging and his view on nature and surviving on his own without restaurants and processed foods.

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