Glenn Beck's doctors told him in March that the food he was eating was "poisoning" him, and that he would continue to be plagued with painful and debilitating health issues unless he changed his diet entirely.
“It’s a long, complex thing,” he said at the time. “I have to change my diet entirely. It is this bizarre string of events that have brought me to this place to where my body is actually, like, eating itself.”
Beck spoke with author, chef and "modern-day pioneer woman" Georgia Pellegrini on Thursday, and the two agreed that Americans are eating food that is slowly "killing" us.
"You think about our grandparents' generation -- they just took pure ingredients and let them speak for themselves," Pellegrini remarked. "It was very simple, pure food. And now there's weird things in everything that we're eating. We are poisoning ourselves, absolutely."
Pellegrini left a career as an investment banker at Lehman Brothers after concluding that the job and the life weren't what she was meant to be doing.
"I just thought to myself, this can't be the answer. This can't be the rest of my life," she told Beck.
Pellegrini left her job and trained at the Culinary Institute in New York before moving to France and working at a Michelin-starred restaurant. She said she had three frogs living in her bathroom and was sleeping under a tablecloth she had stolen from the restaurant, but she "loved it."
"I loved it so much, it didn't feel like work," she said. "And I knew that's why it was right. And while I was there, that's when Lehman Brothers collapsed. And I just knew in that moment it was the best decision I could've made because I felt like I was alive again. I was feeding my soul. I wasn't feeding my bank account, but I was feeding my soul."
Pellegrini does what she can to be self sufficient and live off the land, and she and Beck both agreed that eating naturally has changed their lives.
"Everyone I know is having some sort of [health] problem," Beck said. "And the last thing we look at is at our food."
Beck asked Pellegrini if she could make him a satisfying pasta dish, even though he can't have gluten, tomatoes, butter or olive oil.
Pellegrini said she was up to the challenge and adapted her wild boar bolognese to meet Beck's restrictions. She substituted tomatoes with roasted beets and carrots, and the pasta with zucchini and spaghetti squash. She also substituted the red wine and marsala with chicken stock and coconut milk.
"It's all about having the herbs and the flavors. A little garlic, a little onion," Pellegrini said. "You can change your palette over time."
You can watch the video below for Beck's reaction to the dish, but he concluded: "We have to spend more time [on this]. Food is killing us, and we need change."
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