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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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    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.
    2403 days ago
    I am a what-works-for-you-atarian, and I have done well on it.
    2405 days ago
    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.
    2406 days ago
    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!
    2406 days ago
    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!
    emoticon post!
    2406 days ago
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