Sunday, July 15, 2012
This morning's article has me hot and bothered.
Of course that could be living Florida, sitting in front of an overheated laptop doing 7 hours of online chemistry homework and writing 3 lab reports... but I'll go with being incensed.
I'm so tired of the paleo people who say everyone MUST eat paleo, or all the vegans who say we must ALL be vegan, and all the other diet absolutists.
You MUST eat grains, you MUST eat dairy, you MUST eat meat, you MUST NOT eat grains, you MUST NOT eat dairy, you MUST NOT eat meat.
It's exactly like the Religious-Atheist dichotomy going on. You MUST believe in God. You MUST NOT believe in God. You're a bad person if you don't believe in God. You're a misguided imbecile if you believe in God.
You know what? I'm not an atheist. I'm not a Christian, Jew, Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, et al. I believe in God, but I don't believe in rigid religious dogma.
This is precisely my attitude toward this obnoxiousness with the diet.
We'll call the camps Paleo and the Mostly-Vegetarian Conventionally Wise, since conventional wisdom serves to guilt us out of eating meat and Paleo (if the crusaders on paleohacks are any indication) serves to guilt us into it.
I'm not 100% by-the-book Paleo. I'm not a vegan, vegetarian, fish-a-tarian (I think it's properly pescetarian, but I like fish-a-tarian better) or an Everything-in-Moderationer. I believe in eating real food that heals and nourishes me personally, but I don't believe in rigid dietary dogma.
Why can't we just get along?
Yeah, there are super-healthy hunter-gatherer societies out there, but guess what? There might not have been cultures built on veganism, but there are modern vegetarians and vegans who are just as free of metabolic disease. Just do what feels right and what makes YOU the healthiest YOU can be, not what someone else SAYS should feel right and what someone SAYS is healthy. It's not a contest for heaven's sake. Food should make you healthy. Paleo food makes ME healthy, and I refuse to guilt someone into eating Paleo in order to advance it.
I WILL, however, try my damnedest to guilt people OUT OF eating processed food. I'm not so peace-loving that I'll watch people continue to poison themselves with the chemicals being sold as edibles.
Sunday, July 15, 2012
Head over to MDA and check out this article about what terrible people we are for suggesting that humans should eat meat: www.marksdailyapple.com/weekend-link
Seriously. I wrote them a book.
This garbage makes me angry. The attacks are based on only one Paleo resource, they're unresearched, and they're based on tenuous evidence at best.
Also there's a $50 gift card in it for the person who writes the best comeback on the MDA comment section. I couldn't even summon up the wit to be funny. I just wrote the great American novel on it and let it be.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
I think it's out to get me and make sure I never become strong and fit.
I try to dance at 17: issues with hypermobility begin.
I try to run in college: shin splints and more hypermobility.
I try to keep dancing: college classes scheduled for Tuesday and Thursday nights interspersed with back problems and sprained ankles.
I try to start weight training: back goes out again.
I get lots of physical therapy and my back heals: I get sick and the back goes out again.
More maintenance of hypermobility, and I start swimming and doing bodyweight training: college classes scheduled during open pool hours.
And today, my back is solid, it's been over 5 months since I've had an adjustment, I plan to start running at the end of this semester, bodyweight program is going again after being sick and/or studying for exams for weeks, and what do I do? I sprain my ankle.
From now on I'm only exercising in the dead of night and I'm not telling ANYONE. Clearly, it knows where to find me, and it won't allow me to become fit enough to run away and hide effectively.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
I was clicking around online (checking the active status of the medical licenses of the doctors who wrote books on low-carbing so that I can argue that yes, they are real doctors) and I found that William Davis (Wheat Belly) helped found TrackYourPlaque.com, a member site for heart disease patients. I checked the list of Contributing Experts and found Dr. Cordain, Dr. Fuhrman (the nutritarian my vegan friend likes), and a few others I've never heard of. I clicked on one whose minibio had a book listed, and found his blog: www.carbohydratescankill.com/
Dr. Su is a pharmacist and MD, and I can't wait to read this stuff. Let's read it together!
Check it out and let me know what you think!
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
I've been essentially carb-loading since I got sick last week, mostly out of necessity. Fruit. Mashed potatoes. Fruit juices/smoothies. Saltines.
My head feels like it's full of cotton today, and I'm having trouble focusing. This is partly due to sleep deprivation, but it begs the question:
Is my general malaise after all those carbs and sugary foods (natural sugar is still sugar) psychosomatic? Do I feel like crap because I really feel like crap, or do I feel like crap because I WANT to believe that I will inevitably feel bad when I eat like this and feel better when I start eating mostly paleo again?
My mother is convinced that any indigestion, upset stomach, bloating, headache, or other symptoms I experience from eating things like highly processed muffins or HFCS-containing foods are all in my head, because I WANT them to be bad for me. Perhaps this is because I have a history of lacking skepticism regarding diets. I've always been so desperate for them to work that I've latched onto them, heart and soul, without even trying them for a month first to see how they feel before making my assessment.
I'm pretty sure my sugar is crashing as we speak from all the delicious fruit juices I've been drinking. All I want right now is something nice and salty, like chicken broth, and a nap, but I'm here at school until the makeup lab is over. That could be anytime between 5:30 and 8:00. Suck.
Regardless, my stomach demanded food last night and I fed it mashed potatoes and ice cream. Not together. Lots of salt on the mashed potatoes. I'll probably eat more potatoes tonight, too, and tomorrow morning attempt some scrambled eggs. Maybe try a salad for lunch with olive oil and some salt and pepper, easy on the acidic stuff. I'm just glad I'm not an expressway anymore!
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