We do it three times a day, every day. But how often do you stop to think about how your meal got to your plate? Michael Pollan, bestselling author and voice of a growing food revolution (The Omnivore's Dilemma, Food Rules) says that there is one thing we can all do to end our mindless consumption and become more conscious eaters.
In his latest book, Cooked: A Natural History of Transformation, Pollan takes a look at how generations of humans have learned to transform nature into nourishment. What he discovered is that cooking can be a profoundly sacred act when we take the time to think about where our food comes from.
"What does it take, then, to become a more conscious eater?" Oprah asks Pollan in the above video from his upcoming "Super Soul Sunday" interview.
"One thing that is not necessary, but very helpful, is cooking," Pollan says. "Because when you cook, you're forced to remember that you're working with plants and animals and mushrooms. This is stuff of nature. You're putting your hands on it."
Pollan says we should think about the significance of the food while cooking. "When you handle a cut of meat, you know, a pork shoulder or something, which I love, you realize, 'This is the muscle of an animal.' And it has a purpose, apart from feeding me, and you realize, 'I don't want to waste this.' Something gave up its life for me."