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Food should bring us together, not tear us apart.

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.

  
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MICHERU 7/18/2012 1:32PM

    I so agree. Screw processed foods and they try to stick chemicals every where they can! I have to even looks at my spices to make sure there isn't any MSG (like the Badia Complete Seasoning and Adobo seasoning have in it) Insane.

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JUSTBIRDY 7/15/2012 11:05PM

    I am a what-works-for-you-atarian, and I have done well on it.

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BREWMASTERBILL 7/15/2012 4:08PM

    And like religion, their diet is the RIGHT diet. All other diets will burn in hell. lol.

This is really my point, eat better. Get adequate protein to facilitate muscle growth/maintenance and time some carbs (even simple carbs, *GASP*) around your workouts if need be. Everything else is up to you. Oh, and have fun from time to time.

The more rigid the ritual, the more likely for failure to occur. Which then goes back to the question, did the person fail the diet or did the diet fail the person.

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CHAOSTHEORY635 7/15/2012 3:54PM

    You'd think we'd be able to find some common ground, right? How about this:

1. We absolutely need certain fats, vitamins/minerals and amino acids or we will become pretty effing sick.
2. Vegetables are awesome. Everyone should be eating more of them (barring deadly allergies).
3. Sugar is bad for us (but it is so delicious!)...we should avoid it most of the time.
4. We're better off eating real food than processed crap.
5. Conventionally raised animal products (meat, dairy, eggs, etc.) are not such a good idea from a health/animal welfare/environmental perspective. (Ever analyzed dairy farm runoff samples? I rest my case!) Much, much better to buy grass-fed/pastured/humanely raised critters.
6. Sleep is good. We should try to get enough.
7. We should try to stay active. Sitting is bad, m'kay?
8. Water is awesome, and we should drink it when we need it.

Doesn't strike me as terribly controversial, but someone will probably take offense anyway!

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SUZANASCM 7/15/2012 3:47PM

    I agree with you completely! In my experience, what works for me may not work for someone else and vice versa. But I do like to point out how unhealthy processed foods are, like you said, I may not tell you what to eat and you should eat the same as me, but processed is just not good!
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We're disgusting walking heart-attacks and also we eat people.

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
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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.

  
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KWRIGHT26 7/15/2012 11:49PM

    I guess it finally got through moderation...? I had about nine links embedded in there.

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GINAV2 7/15/2012 9:28PM

    Damn, girl, you weren't kidding about writing a book! It's a great response, though - well done, you! (...assuming you are the person posting as "Kristina" over there?)

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KWRIGHT26 7/15/2012 3:25PM

    EXACTLY MY POINT. 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 absolutism. 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. Yeah, there are super-healthy hunter-gatherer societies out there, but guess what? There are vegan and vegetarian societies too that are healthy. 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... it's not working on my mother yet, but I do what I can.

Edit: This just became a blog.

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MYLADY4 7/15/2012 3:19PM

    Wow, just wow. I guess to each his own.

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GINAV2 7/15/2012 3:01PM

    I read that article earlier this afternoon while eating some leftover steak with beets and roasted summer squash. Guess I missed the memo about people eating, lol. I totes chuckled at the paleo double-agent comment, too. :)

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KWRIGHT26 7/15/2012 2:58PM

    Most babies are fed soy formula and cream-of-wheat, and they come coated in diaper cream. Definitely not Paleo. The fact that they're individually wrapped in Huggies makes them unsustainable environmentally, too, so I'll pass on babies.

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VHALKYRIE 7/15/2012 2:55PM

    I take it as a win that paleo is gaining enough success that detractors feel the need to attack it. But really? Now babies are a part of a traditional paleo diet?

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KWRIGHT26 7/15/2012 2:11PM

    I've read so many funnier comments than mine, though... Like the Paleo double-agent. Check out that one.

Apparently mine is so long it's still awaiting moderation, and my second comment is floating around in middle-ground land.

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JUSTBIRDY 7/15/2012 2:01PM

    ....just like shootin' fish in a barrel.....

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JUSTBIRDY 7/15/2012 1:58PM

    you know, we don't even have to hone our hunting skills. The herd is already quite weakened.

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JUSTBIRDY 7/15/2012 1:51PM

    Oh sooooo funny, you are going to win for sure.

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WENDYSPARKS 7/15/2012 1:50PM

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JUSTBIRDY 7/15/2012 1:48PM

    Oh, I read that MacDougall article and really thought at first it was a link to the Onion!!! But, seriously, the paleo crowd does seem to have its share of uncivilized jerks. But, so far, I don't know anybody who is actually eating other people. That would be so un-paleo, since most people are grain-fed. Yuk! Think of all the omega 6!!

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The Injury Fairy is out to get me

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.

  
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GINAV2 7/12/2012 8:46PM

    Do we have to put you in a bubble and let you roll around like a hamster? LOL.

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New blog! Fodder for my nutritional healing fire

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!

  


Impending carb flu?

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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KWRIGHT26 7/10/2012 8:27PM

    Brewmaster, I like the way you think below the surface. I was typing on my blackberry before my laboratory opened, so I didn't get to elaborate much.
A diet of mashed potatoes and ice cream is certainly not balanced. I was eating mashed potatoes because I've had bad stomach upset for 3 days and the doctor ordered me onto a diet of liquids and soft, bland, but slighty salty foods to replace electrolytes (as if I hadn't already relegated myself to chicken broth). It just happened that my mother had made a batch of her homemade mashed potatoes, which are whipped and fluffy and everything potatoes should be, so once I was able to eat more than fruit juice and chicken broth, that was my dinner.

I also had ice cream because it's my favorite indulgence, I only allow it maybe once every month, and I felt like crap. Maybe that's my old emotional eating talking, but I seriously didn't care, and yes, it did make me feel better. I also didn't eat the ice cream and the potatoes at the same time. That would be an insult to the sensory experience of both.

I eat relatively low carb most of the time and I used to be hypoglycaemic before I cut my carb intake paleo-style, which entailed having a nice mini "carb flu" every day unless I ate something carby every 3 hours. I'm not sure that 3 days of fruit juice and potatoes is going to cause me any problems when I cut them out again so quickly, but the headaches, shakes, and nausea that go with hypoglycaemic crashes are completely miserable, and I will always dread feeling that way again.

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VHALKYRIE 7/10/2012 5:20PM

    Oh, sorry, I think I misunderstood. I don't think you'll get low-carb flu if you've carb loaded just for a few days. I find if I've carb loaded, that it can take a few days to get my hunger levels back in check, but I've never had anything as bad as the initial transition.

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KWRIGHT26 7/10/2012 4:50PM

    I must not have specified. I meant that because I have eaten like crap for the last few days, I will be going back to paleo tomorrow and have the potential to hit a carb low at that time.

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BREWMASTERBILL 7/10/2012 4:07PM

    Well, I've only heard of this "flu" you speak of when you LACK carbs, not when you eat too many. Typically if you load you'll have a lot of energy. It's not uncommon for endurance competitors to eat much in the way you described. But mashed potatoes and ice cream just sounds like imbalance. It may be exacerbating a deficiency. I don't know, I'm not a doctor or a licensed anything. But I read "I ate like sh1t and I feel like sh1t, wtf?" ... so, um, ya.

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VHALKYRIE 7/10/2012 3:39PM

    Low carb flu was pretty real for me. Initially I cut back to half my 'normal' carbs, and I got pretty sick. Turned out I had a systemic candida infection from years of antibiotic use and high carb diets that I didn't know about. Mine manifested more as a horrid sinus infection, and took several weeks to clear out with lots of probiotics. Have you just recently started paleo/low carb? If so, it could be low carb flu. Once you're feeling better, you could try starting out at a slightly higher carb level and slowly cut back in order to lessen symptoms settling back in.

Sorry you haven't been feeling well. Get better soon.

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