Saturday, July 09, 2005

Some Thoughts About "Everything I Ate"

Everything I Ate: A Year in the Life of My Mouth is a powerful idea. Author Tucker Shaw took a picture of everything he ate for a year and published it in a book. In his interview in Gothamist, Tucker was asked if photographing his meals made him change his eating habits. He said, "It's changed everything about the way I eat, and the way I approach food at the table...I began to notice and contemplate what I was eating, where it came from, who made it, what its history is, what it will do for me, and so on. It's made me much, much more thoughtful about food." (Paying attention to what we eat is the premise of this book about French women and their eating habits.)

I'm halfway tempted to follow Tucker's lead. I logged onto one website called from the 30 Things You Didn't Know You Could Do on the Internet that Dan at Blinq wrote about. DeathClock told me that I didn't have as many seconds left as I'd like to have (it's always a strange moment to realize you've lived longer than you're going to live). I don't really have any destructive tendencies - except one. I need to eat better. To think about eating well. To keep track. To pay attention to what they used to tell me in Catholic School: "Remember the starving children in China and Africa." After Live 8 that point is even finer. Which brings me back to Everything I Ate.

My birthday is in a few days. And I usually use that day for a least a little introspection. Maybe this is could be the year to think about what I eat. I don't think I'll make pictures, but I would like to think I'll pay more attention.

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