One day the food section of my blog will be up and running and I’ll be able to discuss everything health-related that has been on my mind but, for now, I’ll post it here.
In an ideal world, where money is no object and cravings don’t exist, how would you eat? How do you feel about the way you eat right now? How far removed are you from your ideal?
Would you eat Traditional Foods?
Would you be a vegetarian or vegan?
Would you be a flexitarian, similar to the plan Michael Pollan suggests?
Or would you not care and eat whatever?
I am so confused and overwhelmed. I subscribe to a ton of blogs on nutrition, read books on the subject matter constantly, and follow a handful of respected nutritionists on Twitter. It seems like everyday there is a new study that proclaims to have found the one and only way to eat. The following week arrives a study that refutes it all. I don’t know what to do or who to believe. I’m a rule driven person. I do best with structure and guidelines, and right now I feel lost and out of control. I want to subscribe to an ideal but I have no idea if it exists.
The healthiest I have ever been was in college as a vegetarian. Actually, because I am lactose intolerant, I was really more of a vegan. Since I wasn’t strict about it, I ate meat every few months or so, but my weight was ideal and my health, at least as measured by annual blood panels, was excellent. I think a large part of it had to do with the times. Twenty years ago there wasn’t much processed or prepackaged foods for vegetarians, let alone vegans. I ate real foods: vegetables, grains, fruits, nuts, seeds, etc. There wasn’t even that much tofu. Now there are bizarre vegan lunch meats that can’t be any better than the processed meats they aim to replace plus countless other laboratory foods full of chemicals and soy so far removed from the bean it’s unrecognizable. It’s junk food without the fur.
PCRM‘s 21-Day Vegan Kick Start starts September 6 and I might participate, leaving behind those weird fake foods, of course. The main thing that bothers me about a vegan diet is the lack of B12. Can a diet that requires supplementation be the end all be all? I have no idea. (And, yes, I’ve heard that B12 once was available via the soil in which plants were grown but that is no longer the case.)
I’m interested to hear your thoughts on food. What you eat and why you eat it, and how that fits with the ideal you see for yourself. Thank you for indulging me in one of my favorite topics.