What’s for dinner?

I’ve been interested in nutrition for the last 10 years.  If it wasn’t going to take me so long, I would have gone back to school for a degree in dietetics or nutrition.  Instead I get my education from facebook, the internet and lately Netflix documentaries ;).

I’ve seen diets that are Low Carb, Low Fat, No Sugar, Paleo, Zone, Atkins, IIFYM…all blow up on the internet and facebook.  I watched ‘Fed UP’ about children’s sugar addictions and the crap they are fed at school to “start them young”. I watched half of ‘Forks Over Knives’  and can’t remember why I didn’t finish it but I learned that food is big business and there’s a lot of money to be made in unhealthy foods and you can’t trust marketing.

This week I watched ‘What the Health’ that tells us to eliminate all animal products: meat, dairy and eggs because they cause diabetes and cancer.  I also watched  ‘Hungry for Change’ which makes sugar the culprit for diabetes and tells us that we all need to start juicing. Too bad I sold my juicer last year at a garage sale.

I agree with the ideas that we need to eliminate sugar and processed foods as much as possible. We also should probably cut back on our reliance on animal products and start basing our meals on vegetables and whole foods. I just don’t think it’s an all or nothing viewpoint which documentaries usually do. You can still have an unhealthy diet if you’re vegan. You can still maintain a healthy diet if you eat meat. If I could make a documentary, it would be called ‘Moderation’.  Boring I know. But honestly, if we are mindful of what we eat we can have allowances for special nights out or birthdays while maintaining a nutritious diet most of the time. Addicted to sugar?  Aren’t we all in one way or another. Try making nutritious alternatives that curb those cravings (banana with nut butter, sweet potato brownies).  Stop counting calories and start counting nutrients.  We don’t have to make comfort foods with a stick of butter and a pound of cheese anymore. Find new comfort foods that make you feel good today AND tomorrow.  Be Mindful. You only get one body, treat it right.

 

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