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The "What to Eat" Controversy

Monday, April 09, 2012

In my house we are we have been talking the eating approach thing to death. My wife has Diabetes and has been controlling her blood sugar with a low carb diet. My Daughter said that she had lost weight on a Vegetarian diet but veggies are not her favorite food. Her son is ADHD and Protein has been really helping him concentrate. I eat anything. I’m the only one in the house that loves veggies. Of course, I would eat a leather shoe if you put hot BBQ sauce on it. Just to complicate things my wife got a book on how to control her Diabetes with a Vegan diet. I read the book and did more digging. Then my wife saw a documentary, “Forks over Knives? on Netflix that aggressively endorsed a Vegan diet. We three adults sat down together, watched it, and then talked about it. If you don’t have Netflix on your TV the film is available on Hulu, for free, (my favorite price) so you can watch it on the computer.
It’s approximately 1 hr. and 40 mins. long.

I’ll withhold any comment about this and let you draw your own conclusion. Oh, sorry folks, I’m gonna have to complicate this and really get you to thinking. In reading reviews of “Forks over Knives?” I ran across the name of another documentary.

Documentary two takes an entirely different approach to the what to eat controversy. It’s not near as slickly produced as the first but it is more entertaining and I found it full of information and it really gets you to thinking about the big question. What kind of eating is healthy? The second one is called “Fathead” , is also available on Netflix, and is available on Hulu at my favorite price.
This is also about 1 hr. and 40 mins long.

We watched “Fathead” the day after we saw “Forks over Knives” so they were both fresh in our minds. Then we discussed them and came to the conclusion that my wife needs to continue her low carb eating habits. My daughter and I need to improve our veggie intake and follow the Sparkpeople program. Grandson stays on a high protein diet and we’ll sneak veggies into food we prepare. His weight is normal, he’s healthy, and he’s on the 4th grade honor roll. It's working for him.

I am not a Doctor, Scientist, or government official. What I am is a guy with a dedication to honesty and a very high regard for personal freedom. I am very suspicious of activist groups that push laws that take away my freedoms. I abhor big government and people that believe that I can’t make good decisions for myself so they will make them for me. I, also, am not a zealot but remain open to ideas that are counter to mine. How else will we learn?

That said, I’ve put this out there and if you have the time to watch both I think you will find it to be a good investment of almost 4 hours of your time. Make your own decision. Please share your thoughts on the subject.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
MDBUTTERFLY 4/10/2012 11:13PM

    I honestly truly believe MODERATION is the key...I just struggle mightily with it...hence why Im here =) If I feel deprived (and I have never been for the record) then I go over the top. I have to keep all foods "legal" in my world.
I may have some time on my hands this weekend and will try to check these out.

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GREYGRANNIE 4/10/2012 1:44PM

    I'll have to start by saying that I didn't watch the links you posted. Maybe I'm too jaded to want to spend my time on more diet links that have an agenda. I do appreciate the comments by Honbad and Sherry.

I have a friend who is hung up on eating only things 'natural' -- like back what the cavemen ate. Paleo diet or some such. Eat the fat on the meat. Eat whole grains. And on and on. And she has gained weight, has terrible health problems, complains because her husband won't eat what she eats - he wants the cookies, is healthy and skinny as a rail.

I'm convinced that a diet that is reasonable and varied will avoid the saturated fats and cut way back on things that are ,white, sweet, or over-processed. Look for lots of color in your veggies and fruits. I have heard it expressed as a Technicolor Diet. The size of your plate matters. The trips to the kitchen between meals matters. What you eat while sitting in front of the TV matters. We eat very little red meat and mostly eat chicken and pork. I do wish I liked fish better - I don't like the feel of it when it is fresh or the smell of it cooking.

And I have to agree with Sherry that what you do with your body matters. Move it or lose it. Push yourself. I feel ever so much better when I can get outdoors.

(sidebar to Lew - I grew up going out into the High Desert of western Colorado and our family pastime was going out in the hills and looking for arrowheads under the sagebrush.)

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SHEILAS6 4/10/2012 11:42AM

    I don't know Lew, my first thought is there is too much hocus pocus out there and behind it all is someone trying to make money for themselves. Selling their product, their book, getting someone else to sell for them for nothing by making documentaries or slipping it into the nightly newscast.

I have friends who won't eat sugar, won't eat flour, or think drinking drinking olive oil and epson salts will cure all their issues. There are machines to sit on that do all the work, supposedly to help the person who is just sitting there eating their Cheesies I am far to skeptical and afraid become defensive on my own belief that eating less sugar, less fats, watch my portion sizes and get my butt off the chair and away from the computer, the tv, or the reading chair is the best way to achieve an overall healthier lifestyle.

Will I enjoy someone trying to sway my beliefs? not likely. If all these things are so fool proof, why do we go to Walmart and not see svelte bodies cruising the aisles. Why are our doctors and nutritionists still saying to eat less and play more?

As always, I enjoy your thoughts on the subject.

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RAWHIDE64 4/10/2012 9:12AM

    I read HONBAD's review and it is superb. If you want to save 1 hr and 40 mins just read her blog. She does a great evaluation of "Forks over Knives" and I didn't think she was "snarky" - just honest.

I couldn't get the link to work so I went to her page and clicked on see all her blogs. You can't miss it.

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GETSTRONGRRR 4/9/2012 10:14PM

    Thanks brother....I'll try them both out.

There certainly is no shortage of experts out there.....but there is a shortage of wisdom!

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HONBAD 4/9/2012 9:22PM

    I haven't watched Fathead yet - I will give it a try!

Here is my blog after I watched Forks Over Knives:

I don't believe in following specific rules or diets that make certain foods off limits. Sure, there are eating patterns that a person might have to follow because of medical necessity - like controlling portion sizes of carbohydrate foods for your wife. But there are a lot of emotions and feelings associated with food - depriving yourself of foods you really want can just set a person up for failure.

I think instead of excluding things, it is more important to focus on what to include - fruits, vegetables, legumes, whole grains, lean protein, and heart healthy fats. I try to choose the least processed versions of these foods which automatically helps eliminate added sugar and salt. I follow a mildly lower in fat diet only because I like to eat more, so lower fat versions of food have less calories so I can have a bigger serving size!

As a dietitian, I know a lot about the nutritional value of food. When I crave something, I think of what that food will do for my body. If it's not very helpful, I try to think of an alternative item that will still satisfy my craving. But if I still want the real deal, I eat it and savor it!

The only rule I follow with eating is "If I don't love it and it isn't good for me, don't eat it!" That eliminates a lot of things like store bought desserts or fast food and such. If I am craving a burger, I want it to be the best darn burger available and only when I'm actually craving it!

I don't know why exactly, but the whole "vegan=healthy" thing really gets me going! I guess I just don't want people thinking it's the only way to be healthy because it is pretty extreme. That said, I had no meat today. Not by plan, just happened that way!

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