28.5.2015 | 01:26
Dispatches from the Divine Dragon
“A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds….” — Ralph Waldo Emerson
If you’re looking for a particular “dietary dogma,” you’ve come to the wrong place. You’re not going to find any of those here.
At “D-Squared,” we don’t adhere to any of the popular “food religions.” Personally, I’m less interested in the specific details of what you eat than on how you live.
That’s why we’re working on a “LIVE IT!,” instead of another diet. There are enough of those from which to choose.
Here’s my dietary advice in a nutshell:
- Decrease or eliminate the processed crap.
- Eat fresh, whole, REAL food.
Whether that translates into raw vegan or Paleo, frankly I don’t care. All I care about is whether it works for you. If you’re healthy and you enjoy something, eat it.
‘Cause you know what? If you really, sincerely, mindfully enjoy it; if you derive joy and pleasure and don’t succumb to shame or guilt…it’s probably going to do you more good than obsessing over every little so-called “indiscretion.”
I’m speaking from personal experience. Yes, both my sister and I have drunk more than our fair share of the “food religion Kool-Aid.” (With no high fructose corn syrup or neurotoxin artificial sweeteners, of course.)
We’ve tried the high-protein, low-carb, verging on ketogenic diet. (I get excruciating sit-up-in-bed-clutching-your-calves-and-crying leg cramps; amenorrhea for five months; and constipation for my troubles.)
Then it was raw vegan. That worked okay for a while — although the amount of food prep was a royal pain in the ass — until we learned that it was higher in fat than the Standard American Diet (or S.A.D., of course).
So we tried the low-fat version, fruitarianism. That didn’t last long either: We fondly refer to it as the “psycho diet” — we craved food we hadn’t eaten in years, we were starving all the time (not to mention cranky and miserable), my blood sugar fluctuated wildly — and I was still (expletive deleted) constipated!! On a FRUIT DIET!
We still wanted to make a vegan diet work. So we went back to cooked food, adding beans and grains back to our diet — because we had to get calories from somewhere, and clearly fat and fruit didn’t cut the minimally processed mustard.
Well, guess what? Grains — gluten-free whole grains — cause gas and bloating in the body of the Divine Dragon.
I. Am. Finished.
Alex Jamieson, the “Craving Whisperer,” has got it right: I didn’t “fail” at those diets; those diets failed me. (When I try something new, I’m “all in.” I don’t do things by half.)
I’ve tried every variation, every tweak known to (wo)man. And I quit. I throw in the towel.
As Sean Croxton of Underground Wellness says, from here on I intend to “Just Eat Real Food.”
So if you are looking for reassurance in your practice of any given “diet dogma,” you won’t find it here. If the 80/10/10 diet works for you, I commend you. If you’re rockin’ Paleo, more power to you.
But if whatever you’re doing stops serving your health, please look elsewhere. The best advice I can give you is to read about all the possibilities available to you.
I’m even going to take that advice a step further: Not only will I encourage you to stretch your “dietary comfort zone,” I’ll suggest that you devote more attention to opposing theories and ideas than those that reinforce your beliefs.
No dietary practice should be followed like a cult. Keep your mind open. Trust me on this: That willingness to entertain conflicting ideas and information may have saved my health, possibly even my life in the long run.
Diane Letchworth, aka the Divine Dragon, is a Certified Transformational Nutrition Coach, a Certified Gluten Practitioner, a Reiki Master/Teacher and all-around eccentric.