“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates (460 – 370 BC)
I get asked all the time, “do you follow a specific diet?” No.
To be honest, my wife is such a wizard in the kitchen I let her imagination run freely. Her and I both try to eat “clean”, but I understand that eating clean means different things to everyone. I once had someone tell me, banana bread is good for you because it has bananas….. (insert facepalm emoji here).
So if I don’t follow a specific diet, what do I eat?
Background: I was born into a vegetarian family. This lasted during the first few years of my life. I hate to get all Freudian psychology on this but, this type of diet probably helped shaped how I eat today. 30 years later I still don’t enjoy eating red meat. I don’t like the texture, taste, or ethics involved with it. If I do eat red meat, I try to seek out wild or free range.
My protein sources are mainly from poultry and fish. I eat eggs and some dairy.
The mass of my daily caloric intake comes from, avocados, nuts and seeds, blueberries, strawberries, green vegetables (broccoli, kale, spinach, collards, chard), potatoes, rice, tomatoes, and olive oil.
I also drink a shit ton of black coffee but no soda. I try to limit my alcohol consumption to no more than a few drinks a week. I am also a sucker for a good fried chicken sandwich once in a while (#southernroots).
I have been eating this way for years, so I was pleased to see Havard publish a study on anti-inflammation foods. Lucky for me, it pretty much mirrored my diet. Back in the day,
I tried the Paleo thing when it was booming among the CrossFit community. Long story short, it fucked me up. I felt like shit, my blood pleasure spiked, it just wasn’t for me. Diet, just like an exercise routine has to be a personal choice. Find what works for you and do it. If you can eat Paleo like your stuck in the stone age, pillage away. If you like killing helpless plants to be a vegan, slice and dice friends.
“Moderation in all things” – Aristotle (384 BC – 322 BC)
Truth is, anything in moderation is okay. The problem is, as a society we have lost our ability to moderate. 10000 years ago, our ancestors had to hunt, harvest, and forge their own food. No one back then was a fat bastard like we are today because when food is a finite resource, rather than a commodity, overeating usually meant risking your status within the tribe. Things had to be rationed. Now we have infinite opportunities to stuff our faces on virtually every corner we can drive our cars up to a window and get food from anywhere in the world all within a mile radius.
The days of having to walk 20 miles to hunt in order to feed the tribe are long gone. Can you imagine what would happen to these guys if they drove up to the local Chinese buffet? Not only their psychological reaction to today’s society (ugh, this is red sauce, I wanted white. I said no tomatoes) but their physiological reaction to the shit we eat today? It’d be like giving your dog pizza. Diarrhea for days.
Own your life.