I'm beginning to feel as if all nutrition information is like the medical information from the days when we still thought illness was caused by evil spirits instead of germs. One old woman tells you that if you have a wart you should put a certain leaf on it, then bury the leaf under a full moon; another old woman tells you that on the contrary, you should put the juice of a certain berry on it, then sleep on the non-wart side for a week. Meanwhile, the old man in a hut in the next village over says that the wart is a manifestation of a resentment you have toward a friend, and his neighbor says it's that your blood is full of heat and you need to eat cooling foods.
I think to myself, "I will not try to get all COMPLICATED with Specific Eating Restrictions, I will just start with what I KNOW"---and I am lost first thing in the morning at breakfast. Do I eat a good hearty serving of whole grains? Or do I instead avoid grains and eat only protein? and should it be LEAN protein, or doesn't that matter as long as I'm not eating sugar? Or is it important to eat grains and proteins and fats in particular percentages? Or is what's REALLY important that it be a WHOLE food, not a processed one? a raw food, not a cooked one? Only foods that conform to an arbitrary limit on number of ingredients? readability of ingredients? (Yay, smart people and people who took Latin aren't affected by the same things as other people!) Is breakfast the most important meal, or should I "listen to my body" (what does that...MEAN?) and not eat if I'm not hungry? Should I have a piece of fruit packed with fiber and antioxidants, or is fruit full of sugar that will throw off my whole day? Are legumes power foods that do everything but our taxes, are they not intended for human consumption? Does coffee speed up metabolism and also contain important antioxidants, or is it a dangerous dehydrating stimulant that will make me hungrier when I crash?
I like the "Just do the best you can" attitude and the way it avoids the pursuit of unattainable perfection---but it only works when we know what perfection we're not attempting to fully attain. There can't be a "best we can" when we don't even know if fruit and whole grains are EXCELLENT for us or THE VERY THING KILLING US.
Eat whole grains under the full moon! Eat antioxidants between the spring and winter solstices! Eat proteins but only on days when the goddess's face is visible on the side of the moon, and bury a pear at dusk on the days you eat whole grains! CONTROL THAT BLOOD HEAT. HARNESS THOSE BAD SPIRITS!
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