Recently one of my oldest and closest friends decided she was going to eat meat. This came as a big shocker considering she has been vegetarian for her entire 29 year life. It all started with a post she read on Wenellness Mama warning against the dangers of grains. The post was appropriately titled “How grains are killing you slowly.” I brought this up and work and the best response I got was “well it must be very slowly because people have been eating them for the past 10,000 years.” Well put!
I went through a few horrifying weeks where I didn’t eat any grain, I read internet articles about the toxicity of phytic acid found in whole grains, nuts, seeds, chocolate, beans and legumes – in other words in many of the foods that I eat on a daily basis. All of a sudden I found a local farmer who would deliver me farm fresh, organic, grain fed eggs so I could finally start eating eggs again in peace. I stopped drinking Almond and Rice milk and went back to dairy, started eating cheese and even bought a couple cans of canned salmon to eat on salad. I basically abandoned my vegan diet in a matter of weeks. The best thing to come out of this was a recipe for soaked and baked oatmeal.
But the problem is I don’t want to eat meat. I don’t want to eat fish all that often and I still get kind of creeped out by consuming store bought dairy and eggs. What I really want is to be able to eat what I want when I want and not have this constant fear looming over my head that if I don’t watch everything I eat I am poising my body.
I make mostly everything from scratch from my cereal to my bread to desserts to salad dressings. I soak my own beans and since the phytate scare I soak them long enough to sprout, I eat yogurt and drink apple cider vinegar in warm water to keep the belly happy, and I drink glasses of ginger and lemon water to prevent seasonal colds and nasal congestion. Most importantly I eat a ton of vegetables every day.
While I am usually the first person to get hooked on the newest health trend like adding hemp hearts to this and chia seeds to that – I am starting to think this is all just some ridiculous plot for food suppliers, nutritionists, health food stores, doctors and authors to get rich. What ever happened to just eating a balanced diet, drinking 8-12 glasses of water a day and getting plenty of sleep and a lot of exercise?
I’m officially declaring my obsessions with finding the optimal diet over. I feel great, I hardly ever get sick I have a ton of energy and I’m at a heathy weight. Sure – I eat a predominately vegan/vegetarian diet, stay away from highly processed breads and love healthy enzymes in raw fruits and veggies – but by no means am I going to restrict and label myself a raw, gluten free, vegan. Go ahead and drop the labels try to incorporate the best aspects of a paleo, vegan/vegetarian, macrobiotic, gluten free and raw fooder diet into your life and what you’ll come up with is a balanced diet that has enough variety to keep you healthy happy and wholesome!