As part of my review of The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals, book 40 of 52, I wrote about how I passed out during a wedding because of poor nutrition and dehydration. I knew I looked bad after it happened — members of the bridal party told me I turned white — but now I have proof.

Picture before passing out.

Picture after passing out.

That second picture is frightening. I look like a corpse.

Omnivore’s Dilemma is probably the book I’ve talked about the most from this series. I think of it whenever I make food choices, and when I see food prices skyrocket. It shows how much industrially produced food is reliant on oil. It makes me sick (though not enough to pass out).

Anyway, that’s my soapbox for the day.

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Jen Miller

Jen Miller

Jen A. Miller is a an author and freelance writer. Her memoir, Running a Love Story, was a Philadelphia Inquirer best book of the year. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, SELF, Buzzfeed and the Guardian, among others.

1 Comment

  1. Unknown on April 29, 2008 at 1:21 pm

    It’s surprising that health can drop so dramatically so fast. Hope you still got to enjoy the wedding.

    And you do look horrible. I believe you! no more blue face pictures, please!

    It’s hard to change the bad habits that are so carved into our minds and bodies. I’m on a strict diet this week and I realize that even though I’m vegetarian and don’t eat much dairy or fried food – the choices I make are always based on convenience and cheap.

    Unless I cook it myself or peel it fresh, most of the food I eat sucks. Can’t think of a more direct way to ‘self-improve’ than revolutionizing how we eat.

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