August Fit Lit Club: In Defense of Food

Hey everyone!  Taking a pause from the moving madness to update you on the Healthy and Fit Lit Club.

There will be discussion all month on the Facebook Page for July’s book, The Omnivore’s Dilemma.  I think in the future we’ll try to discuss and comment as we go but for now this will work.

The book for August (drumroll please!) is……

August: In Defense of Food

In Defense of Food.

Anyone else hoping this book makes you feel ok about eating anything again?!


This Lit Club is intended to be an open discussion on health and wellness.  Please post comments, quotes from the book, questions and scholastic articles here, on the Facebook page or on Twitter (#healthyandfitlitclub).  Looking forward to this!


Omnivore’s Dilemma: Part 1 Thoughts

Hi everyone – happy humpday!  I’ve been making some progress on our July selection for the Healthy and Fit Lit Club – Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan.  Don’t forget you can follow along on Twitter (@runsprenkelrun, using #omnivoresdilemma and #healthyandfitlitclub for quotes and other discussion questions).

Yellow for quotes, purple for discussion

Yellow for quotes, purple for discussion

How is your reading coming?  We’re about a fourth of the way through July so I thought I’d post some discussion questions and general big ideas to get us thinking and talking about the book.  At the end of July I’ll pull from these to have a bigger discussion!

Here are some snippets from my notes up to Chapter 4 (The Feedlot).

  • American paradox: unhealthy people obsessed with the idea of eating healthy.
  • Before the supermarket, do you know where all of your food comes from?  Would it be hard to find out?
  • Corn is everywhere – in 25%+ of the items at the supermarket.
  • What connection do beef/fish/eggs and Twinkies/trashbags/glossy magazine covers have to one another?
  • Irony of “most productive farmers” in history that are “all but going broke”.  They also can’t afford to feed themselves.
  • Changing landscape of the family farm – how did we get from sustainable to subsidized?
  • GMOs…
  • Fertilizers – the good, the bad and the ugly.  Even the farmers can’t drink their own tap water.
  • The cost to American taxpayers (a quarter of the $19 billion annually p.61) – is it worth it.  What are we getting in return?

Looks like we’ll have a lot to discuss!  When I finish section one (through the fast food meal), I’ll do a write up summary of my thoughts.  Until then, post questions and discussion points that YOU have in the comments below!

I can’t wait to hear what you’re thinking about this, happy reading!

Healthy and Fit Lit Club

School’s been out for just over a month now and I’m finding myself remaining drawn to the learning process.  Most recently I’ve been reading The Omnivore’s Dilemma by Michael Pollan and find myself soaking up loads of information that I failed to be exposed to in the classrooms.

Then I got to thinking and running, and thinking while running.  This would be more interesting and fun with a community to share this with.  A group of people to discuss various points of health, whether contemporary discoveries or age-old truths.  People to disagree and challenge current ways of life and health.

So, I’ve decided to host a monthly Book Club!  I will choose a title and announce it in the week before a new month and we’ll spend all of the following month reading.  I will pull out quotes that hit home with me the most on social media (@runsprenkelrun on Insta and Twitter) and then in the last week of the month, I’ll post some questions and we can have an intellectual discussion of the book.

Since I just finished this book (and have lots of questions/chatting points about it!), let’s start July with The Omnivore’s Dilemma.

July Book Club Selection

Grab a copy and start reading with us!