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March 3, 2009 NailingEdit
- has written a guide to conscious eating, Dr. Colbert asks why he doesn't write one on conscious breathing?
- his book implies that Dr. Colbert could be eating while unconscious
- before getting into bed, Dr. Colbert likes to dip a little bit of bacon, so that he can have the flavor while he's sleeping
- just a pinch between his cheek and gum and he can enjoy the full bacon flavor without lighting up
- Bittman says people eat without thinking
- Dr. Colbert reminds him that we're so good at it, it's natural
- Bittman says that there is twice as much food as we need to sustain ourselves in the U.S.
- he claims that Americans feel compelled to eat all of it
- he describes the way Americans eat as:
- we eat without thinking about what's good for ourselves
- we eat without thinking about what's good for our planet
- Dr. Colbert is conscious of one thing regarding his eating:
- he likes to eat things that were once conscious
- he would dig into a head of broccoli, but only if it could cry
- Bittman says while writing his book, he changed his diet 60-70% (not completely)
- he claims of the three pounds of food that every American eats every:
- about one half a pound of it is meat
- and a pound and a half of it is other animal products
- the remainder is mostly processed food or junk food
- he says he is a vegan until 6 p.m.
- after that, anything goes
- may only be true for food
- Bittman claimed that serving a family of four a steak dinner uses the same amount of energy as having that family drive around in an SUV for three hours while every light is on in their house
- Dr. Colbert wondered if the family was cooking the steak in petroleum
- and if he could do both because he likes to eat while he drives
- Bittman conceded that driving a Prius and eating a steak dinner might be possible
- Bittman says that the UN says that 1/6th to 1/5th of all greenhouse gases come from industrial livestock production (or Robot Cows)
- America turns out 10 billion widget-cows every year (which comes to approximately 30 animals per person per year)
- eating three fewer cheeseburgers every week would be equivalent to taking all the SUVs off the road
- because Americans would finally be skinny enough to fit back into regular-sized cars
- the book does not have a chart to show what is equivalent to a cheeseburger
- we could be healthier
- help the environment
- reduce global warming
- Bittman was unable to tell Dr. Colbert what the one thing he should eat would be, so they decided to discuss it next time