“Mars and my stupidity keep trying to kill me.” – Mark Watney, The Martian
Wow! What a book. It’s like Cast away, 2001 A Space Odyssey, and McGyver all had a kid together. I’m not writing this as a promotional piece, (although I do recommend it, it’s great!) But to get us thinking about food. In both Castaway and The Martian, survival is the name of the game. Food is of limited supply, neither one had an abundance of it, as a result being overweight was a non-issue, in fact they both had quite the opposite problem. Being too lean and on the brink of starvation was the real issue. So I guess ultimately if I was to have a point it would be to watch the films and think about that aspect of them. Now I would suggest eating real food over vitamins and Martian freeze dried potatoes, so I would suggest thinking more like Tom Hank’s character in Castaway. Now he was not on the brink of starvation, but his diet was nothing but whole foods with no added sugar. His diet was coconut, crabs, fish, leafy greens growing on the island. It was a true “Paleo-diet.” Nowhere was there any high-fructose corn syrup, refined sugar, refined flour, none of it! Just good, solid, island eating and island living. Try being in this state of mind the next time you are at the grocery store. It might help.