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.