Over the years I have tried various sorts of diets and food regimes. Not so much for the purpose of losing weight, but rather for leading a healthier lifestyle. I am, at current, and have been for the past 15+ years, a vegetarian. Along the path I have practiced Macrobiotics for a couple of years as well as other flavors of the many vegetarian labels.
As a food-health conscious person, I have been, occasionally, reading the latest opinions and suggestions related to what is good for us and what’s not. Here is the issue: if you listen to scientists, health professionals of various sorts, or just government officials in the health department, each telling you what to eat, you will find yourself ultra-confused. One year bananas are the super fruit: “Bananas help you reach your weight-loss goals, keep your bowels healthy, provide nutrients that regulate heart rhythm and have vitamin compounds for eye health.” (source: http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/health-benefits-one-banana-day-3316.html) but next thing you know Bananas are out of favor, making the list of foods you should avoid. One year milk is good for you; it is so wonderful that for years the ‘Got Milk?’ campaign became synonymous with being healthy. Yet, if you go to websites such as http://www.notmilk.com you will find endless reasons why milk is just about the worst choice one can make. Fat was absolutely bad, no question about it; but now, turns out, there are different shades of fat…
What is one to do?
First, I stopped following much of the health news. Some of the published research is funded by interested parties and thus is highly biased. Next, I use observation and self-study. It took me four decades to discover that although I can tolerate milk in my coffee, when I have it as ice-cream, its murder on my stomach. I love ice-cream, so for years I lived in denial… Which brings me to point number three: be honest – we mostly learn quite fast what works for us and what not. But we are not always willing to listen to our own bodies.
My bottom line is to employee common-sense. The rest is trial and error, keeping in mind that I change; day to day, year to year, and thus should my diet.
Learned from: reflections on the latest in health news and fad diets