24.5.2016 | 01:06
I’ve read the book, and I’ve read the paper.
I thought I knew what was coming: another trashing of Dr. Campbell’s pro-plant-based diet book.
(Full disclosure: I was a vegan for several years, and no longer am, although I eat a mostly plant-based diet.)
It’s become really common these days to trash whatever work contradicts whatever diet, lifestyle, etc. someone’s promoting.
But here’s the funny thing:
These guys didn’t trash the book.
The guest, a chiropractor who was not promoting a particular type of diet, commented that, yes, if you’re eating conventionally raised animal products, you probably will suffer from all of the problems documented in Campbell’s work.
Both guest and host went into a brief discussion about how many proponents of high-fat and/or high-protein diets point out all of the studies illustrating how deadly and dangerous carbohydrates can be.
But they made the distinction between refined sugars, grains, oils, etc. and healthy, low-glycemic carbs.
Sanity in the diet and nutrition world!
Okay, so maybe I’m getting a little over-excited here, but I am so sick and tired of every freakin’ group out there cherry-picking their data to support the ideas they’re promoting.
And it happens on all sides….
Some dedicated vegans are utterly convinced that any sort of animal product is damaging to our health.
And equally devoted followers of ketogenic and Paleo diets are dead-set against any form of grains or beans.
All of them can quote books, papers, studies, experts … supporting their position.
I should know.
In my search to find the best, healthiest diet for me, I’ve read more of them than I care to remember.
The arguments are convincing.
There are lots of impressive-looking citations.
There are several well-known, popular experts taking sides.
And we’re all left amid the debris of the “food fights,” still struggling to find the “perfect diet.”
Is anyone else sick to the back teeth of all of this?? Or is it just me?
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again:
I don’t know what the perfect diet for you might be.
Hell, I’m not even sure I’ve figured out the perfect diet for myself yet, although I’m a lot closer than I was a year ago….
But I am so damn tired of listening to the rhetoric around the subject.
That’s why it was so refreshing to hear these two gentlemen discussing this on the podcast….
They made a distinction between factory-farmed animals fed genetically-modified feed, hormones and antibiotics, and raised in filthy, appalling conditions – and animals raised on organic grass, treated humanely and without pharmaceuticals.
They pointed out the difference between packaged, processed foods made with refined (and also often genetically-modified) sugars and starches – and healthy carbohydrates like root vegetables, and for some, whole (non-GMO) grains and beans.
This was such a breath of fresh air I wanted to applaud them both – there is seldom much nuance in many of these discussions.
Anyone can cherry-pick their data to meet their predetermined “conclusions.”
But if we really want to help people, we need to make sure we consider all of the evidence at our disposal.
Even if it disagrees with our own personal “diet dogma.”
Which is why I’ve chosen not to have one, beyond my personal “Diane Diet.”
I can’t tell you what might be the perfect diet for you, but I’m happy to share what I’ve learned, and work with you to help you figure it out on your own.
There are some good sources out there.
Let’s skip the food fights and cherry-picked data and make up our own minds, okay?