OK. So I don’t really like Margaret Cho. A lot of my friends rave about how funny she is, but I tried to watch a video of hers once and I just didn’t get it. I mean, I should qualify this statement by saying that I often tell my friends that I don’t have a sense of humor, when in truth I have a really dry sense of humor. I remember how it took me a decade to truly appreciate Monty Python. All my friends in high school loved that stuff and I just didn’t get it. Borat? Um, no. Stephen Colbert? No. OK, Jon Stewart – a definite yes.
Anyway, not many people know this about me but I am really fascinated with food, eating, and diet trends in America. Why? Partially because I’m a woman in America and I am inundated with messages about body image and food, and like most American women, I have a complex about my body. Obesity and diabetes also run in my family. So, I’ve read a lot of the best-selling diet booksjust to see what they say and read a lot of books about food. OK, I like to eat, what can I say?
So I stumbled upon this post on Margaret Cho’s blog and LOVED it. It’s from 2003, but it is so true. It’s called the “Fuck It Diet,” and I wanted to pass it along.
While I’m at it, here are two books related to health and eating that I highly recommend:
Marion Nestle, What To Eat, Norton Point Press 2006. This is an exhaustive companion to food, the economics of food, and food safety.
Walter Willett and PJ Skerrett, Eat, Drink, and Be Healthy: The Harvard Medical School Guide to Healthy Eating Free Press, 2005. This book really helped me understand a lot about health and I highly recommend it.