My co-madre told me that she has given up and is just eating junk food. Argh! I have no idea if she was just yanking my chain, if so she gave it a hard pull! I understand sometimes I feel like everything I learned about food is false. Have you read Death by Food Pyramid by Denise Minger? It’s the book that I wish I had written. She takes the next step and fleshes out the sordid story of food and politics that Gary Taubes introduced to me in Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It.
I’ve been researching diets and food for quite awhile. Honestly, I was shocked when I realized how much wheat, soy, and corn was sneaking into my diet. Did you know that modified food starch is wheat? That most lecithin is made from soy? You have to be hiding in a cave to have missed the news about HFCS (high fructose corn syrup). The more I learned, the more confused I got, then the angrier I got. Fortunately, I recently discovered Nourishing Traditions: The Cookbook that Challenges Politically Correct Nutrition and the Diet Dictocrats a really long title for a great book. Combined with the information Deep Nutrition: Why Your Genes Need Traditional Food, I’ve adjusted our eating to what I consider a more traditional diet, not exactly paleo or even primal but also based on real foods.
Do you remember when we all changed to corn oil? Then Canola oil? Switched from lard to hydrogenated vegetable oil? All those things that I did trying to be healthy, I think are one of the reasons I got cancer. There are studies that show that women who consume more fat are more prone to breast cancer. Those studies don’t differentiate the types of fats, but I bet if they did the results would be that they consume that fat in the form of vegetable and seed oils. No wonder I feel like every I learned about food is false.
Then there is soy. I have eaten quite a bit of soy. When I was vegetarian, I saw soy as a way to cook meat dishes without meat. TVP had no bigger fan than me. It did bother me a bit when I found out it was a by product from making animal feed. Turns out that unless soy is fermented it’s chock full of phytates which bind to certain dietary minerals including iron, zinc, manganese and, to a lesser extent calcium, and slow their absorption. Fermentation and soaking help to reduce phytates which is why legumes, seeds, and nuts are traditionally prepared using these techniques.
There are several blogs that I follow, one of them is Empowered Sustenance, today, Lauren’s post “10 Reasons Why I’ll Never Be A Vegan” is full of food for thought. I found myself nodding along as I read. I wonder how much damage I did to my body when I was vegetarian and when I was eating healthy? I never could be vegan, I tried but it wasn’t for me.
The more I read, the more I find myself distrustful of the government and their nutritional advice. Not every blog I read is about low carb diets, I also follow obesity researcher, Stephen Guyenet, his blog is worth checking out. Here is a talk he did explaining Leptin resistence.
Do you feel like I do? That everything you have learned about food and eating is false? Or have you given up like my co-madre and are eating and drinking and being merry and resigned to dying? We all die, but I want to live a long, healthy, and productive life and I wish the same to you.