Wednesday, November 02, 2011
I have a gazillion topics floating around my brain, and each one could be a blog:
Distress when I read of the extremes people go to, to eat healthy, spending exorbitant $$ to do it, when they can't even pay their rent. My hub.'s point of view is, it's understandable, if they see their health as a wiser investment than their rent. (food does come first in the list)
The particular person I'm thinking of was a student, who was posting on SP 2 years ago.
I'm on a great tiny Sparkteam, where I can talk about all this (Grain Free), but I suppose blogging might be more appropriate. The same student, 2 years ago, wrote that she planned to soak all grains for 10 hours before cooking, to reduce phytic acid. . . . that seemed outrageously dire to me.
I confuse 2 people all the time: Dr. Mercola and Weston Price. Mercola is an alarmist and a scammer, and Weston Price's ideas are moving to the forefront . Even Dr. Mercola makes sense sometimes, and Weston Price has seemed "way out" to me. No one gets it all right.
Some of the "trees" that make me lose sight of the "forest:" advanced glycation end products, or A.G.E.'s; nitrates/nitrites in processed meats (bacon, bacon, bacon) but they're in our vegetables, too so WT____?; that thing in potato chips and many foods, that caused alarm a fews years back (oh, yes - acrylamide); the omega 6:3 ratio;
. . . .disagreement over which has the larger carbon footprint: traditional beef or grass-fed. I do pay attention to environmental concerns. Any kind of beef has a carbon footprint way, way greater than everything else to eat, except lamb. (will post this when I can).
IF I had a condition that required me to eat a certain way, that would take priority and I wouldn't be so "all over the place" in my views. But, I have accepted that this is how I am - forever the skeptic, the questioner.
When it all gets to be too much, I have found, if you post in the SP nutrition message board, an expert will give you the current mainstream viewpoint. Sometimes I ask for that. But usually, I'll be out on the fringe, because that's where tomorrow's truth is, if you can find it!
"Productive Procrastination" (You should see what I'm avoiding!)
The Procrastination Equation, by Piers Steel, PhD