Eggs are bad! Eggs are now good! Meat is bad! Only factory farmed meat is bad! Meat is good! Grains are bad! Whole grains are good! What?!
Let’s face it, with so many opinions out there and research proving whatever makes the most money, we can find pros or cons on any diet out there. So let’s look at it practically.
#1 Grains- The gluten free fad has gone way overboard in my opinion. First it was fibromyalgia, now gluten free. One gal told me she became gluten intolerant due to a car accident. Ok, so let’s stop blaming our health on one sole ingredient. I think we can all agree that donuts are not really a part of a good diet. Super processed wheat is glue in the intestines. I get it. But grains have been around since Mesopotamia. Everything is color coded in the antioxidant realm, and whole grains do their part to heal the digestive lining and is a valuable fiber and protein source for the body. The antioxidants in brown plants are specific to killing cancer. Don’t throw out the whole grains!
#2 Meat- Not sure if I completely go for the idea that we are natural meat eaters. Our canine teeth really wouldn’t help us sans weapons trying to catch and kill a rabbit. Or eating it raw. And let’s face it, without a weapon a deer could kick our ass. Truth. However, my ancestors are probably shaking their heads at me a bit whispering under their breath, “You are going to starve…” I also know they didn’t eat meat every day. Nor did their animals eat GMO grain before death or die a stressful, horrifying, horror movie ready death. I don’t often crave meat but sometimes I do. Learning to listen to the body is key. I am not sure about all the processed ingredients in the meat substitutes, so a little farm fresh meat when I crave it is probably alright.
#3 Vegetables- First choice, organic. Think it’s a scam? Grow your own, find a local farmer, go organic. Even a little drift from other fields is not as bad as the full onslaught of chemicals on our food. I have customers tell me they cannot eat vegetables with all seriousness. Cruciferous vegetables really get people going. If vegetables are causing gas and other discomfort that signals us that the body is extremely toxic. Eat more! Vegetables are the most essential part of a diet. Especially greens. Every cell repairing antioxidant comes in plant form. Juice Plus supplements are not going to cover your bases. Green smoothies, fresh juices, lots of color in our dishes, that is the magic elixir for health.
#4 Fruit- “Can’t have fruit, it has sugar.” I have heard this a lot. It contains a totally different type of sugar than processed sugar cane or the poisonous chemical fake sugar. It does not cause a crash or mess with insulin levels. Fruit contains many antioxidants that are specific to parts of the body to help repair and invigorate. Fruit is good!
#5- Alcohol, caffeine, sugar- A gentleman in my shop told me that his new year’s goal is to eliminate all alcohol and caffeine from his diet. I am no fortune teller but I could see a good binge in his future! I said, “How about one or two cups of coffee in the morning and one drink at night?” Moderation. Sugar. Hey, one teaspoon of sugar in your coffee is not going to kill you. Raw sugar actually has quite a few minerals in it. And that tiramisu? Share it, enjoy it, savor it. Just not every day. Life is meant to enjoy. A bit of common sense comes in handy. What a shame that we forgot how to eat. Forgot how to grow our food. What happened to us? Time to take back our human wisdom about food.
I guess the key here is trusting your own body over the “research” one can find online. What does your body want? Barley over Bisquick. Organic chicken once a week over fast food. Does it feel nourishing as you are buying it? Does it feel nourishing as you prepare it? How does your body feel after you eat it? Create your own research. No more food fights! Let’s just eat well, preferably with friends and family, and enjoy our year to come, nourished and well fed.