Monday, June 20, 2011
When I was born, the general wisdom of the day by the 'experts' was that formula was superior to breast milk. My caring parents wanted to do what was best for little BearClaw and so they fed me formula. Who wouldn't want the best for their child?
As I grew, the wisdom of the day by the 'experts' became perfectly clear that all that cholesterol in butter and eggs was bad. It was killing America! So, my caring parents banished butter from the house in exchange for trans-fat filled margarine. They also turned eggs into an occasional thing rather than a regular food. Eggs actually would sometimes go bad in or fridge because they weren't used fast enough.
And low-fat was obvious. "It isn't the carbs in that boy's diet that is making your son fat," said the doctor (or something to that effect)....it is the fat. Duh! So flavorless low-fat yogurt instead of sour cream. Low-fat milk. Frozen milk instead of ice cream. Pizza was a good food if you topped it with low-fat mozzarella.
As I grew, the wisdom of the day by the 'experts' made it clear that table salt was killing us! So, I basically grew up without a salt shaker in the house. Really. The rare guest would have to take a pinch from the bottle in the baking cabinet.
All the while, there would be a Hostess treat in my lunch every day and dinner was always a meat, a vegetable and a big pile of either potatoes, noodles or rice. Deserts were every day and certainly not high in fat (but sugar bombs the likes of which would make you cringe).
Lean cuts of meat and vegetables served with a pile of starch was good for you, right?
Could it be....just possibly true....that maybe....just maybe....the experts who set up the food pyramid and the new 'food plate' and who also seem to work for a government that subsidizes grains for billions of dollars per year....just might....possibly...be wrong......again?
I have found a way to eat that let over 100 pounds melt away almost effortlessly. I have found a way to live that allows me to exercise but my general health isn't dependent on exercising obsessively. I have learned a way to live that is sustainable for the rest of my healthy life. And...it does include butter, fatty meats, vegetables, eggs, salt and sour cream while it does not include grains, potatoes, Hostess treats or trans-fats.
I am still fat, but give me some time to undo a lifetime of damage. It has only been eight months after all. And, I am not going to listen to what the 'experts' say when they tell me how to do it. They have been wrong too many times in the past.