Diet, Lifestyle, Fad, or Cult – You Decide
Someone I know to be “Paleo” made mention today of eating something not even remotely Paleo. I mentioned I’d shared a link recently to a healthier alternative one could make to avoid the bad ingredients. Their response, and the whole conversation really, got me thinking. Basically this person replied that they are at a healthy weight. They are healthy. So they don’t worry about the occasional ‘treat’. Someone else jumped on the side of ‘a healthy version of such and such is an abomination unto the junk’. LOL
So – you choose to eat/live/exercise, etc a certain way. I guess we all walk our own path. I think I can accept that. So, OK, I have to stick to my journey. How will I be when I get to goal? When I am a healthy person. Will I consume mainstream foods and not care? I hope not. Honestly. The choices are so abhorrent to me now, and I hope they remain so. At least for me, I doubt sugar-bombs will EVER be a good idea because of my pancreas issues. Who’s to say how far that will heal, even with Paleo.
Let’s take the allergies and food sensitivities out of the equation for a second. The foods I COULD eat w/o immediate or delayed systemic retribution (awesome phrase, btw, must use that again) are still, in many ways, toxic to my system. Inflammation, etc. They can also be addicting, depressing, etc which is a snowball to hell I don’t want to repeat.
This is why I choose pastured over grain-fed as much as I can. It’s so much more than what happens when it goes in my body. There’s environmental impacts to consider. There’s the life and death of the animal. There’s cumulative impact from the jacked-up Omega profile of grain-fed meat, eggs, etc. You are what you eat and what you eat ate. So, if your chicken is eating soy – so are you. If your beef ate corn – so are you. If your veggies absorbed pesticides, so do you.
And I still choose to eat some of those things, but my line in the sand is my own line. And I’ve had to re-draw that line a thousand times. Probably will continue to re-draw my limitation-line for the rest of my life. Because, the moment I stop evaluating the lifestyle and how myself works in it, that’s when things start to go to shit. PITA, but the alternative is worse.
Actually, I guess if my pancreas is still not at 100%, even at goal, that wouldn’t let me in the ‘healthy’ camp anyway. I’ll probably always be standing outside the fence looking in at all the truly healthy kids. Or are we all just one bite away from some unforeseen systemic retribution?
How do you view what and how you eat, live, exercise? Is it an avenue to get to a goal? Is it a cult-like following based on current nutritional doctrine or moral stance? Or is it you. To the end.
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