Am I doing it right?
I think I’ve rambled about this before, but I am simultaneously concerned and dismissive of my health. I think my issue with healthy eating is how stupid everyone involved with it tends to be. We have diets coming out of every orifice, told not to eat this, but eat all of this, only don’t if it’s a windy Tuesday. I have countless acquaintances who have been on countless diets, and none of them worked, but even if one had, the arbitrary nature of it tells me it had more to do with the person finally changing his life than the specific diet. It’s one of the “fields” in which opinions seem to matter way more than they should. People care about GMOs and sugar and carbohydrates, without ever really showing why we should. The science behind most trends is lacking. I read articles that are constantly discussing what food is good and what food is bad, then qualifying that by mentioning you have to eat 50 pounds of it every 40 minutes to get the harmful effects.
I don’t doubt that eating quarts of ice cream three times a day is bad for you. But how bad is some ice cream sometimes? How bad is more if you are incredibly active? Do you know how many scoops of ice cream will lower my life expectancy?
Why the skepticism? When I was younger I was constantly told coffee is bad for you. A few years ago a friend of a friend on facebook posted about how coffee causes cancer. I’m sure he didn’t just make that up, he read it somewhere or someone else read it somewhere and told him. But it’s not true. Or at least definitely not conclusive. In fact, evidence recently has shown a correlation between coffee consumption and lower rates of certain types of cancer.
Now does this one case make everything you hear about health trends false? No. But it makes me skeptical of who is saying it and why. The general idea that comes out of most of what I read is moderation. Sugar is fine, if you don’t drink packets of it instead of touching water. And I’m good with that general outline. Maybe my mindset will kill me a few years early. Maybe it won’t.
*Just for fun. In the picture we have a white chocolate mocha, smores ice cream with a snickerdoodle cookie crumbled on top of it, Odwalla smoothie, and a big cup of water.