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What is a healthy diet

As I have been focused on my health for a very long time and have tried eating every which way imaginable This is a question that keeps coming up.

What IS a healthy diet?

Mainstream media would have you believe that focusing on specific items is the key to success in this area. Traditional medical advice would have you focus on “diet and exercise” neatly sidestepping the question altogether. Nutritionists would have you focus on calories. AgroBiz, which if we are being honest really controls what America and the World at large eats, only provide you with shelf stable, marketable and fashionable foods ( and now a WORD from our SPONSOR ).

HOW DOES THIS HELP YOU.
Y
O
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It doesn’t. not one interest group above has any vested interest in your health, just their pocketbooks, and in all fairness that IS the way it should be. We live in a capitalist society and we base our lives on the transference of energy/money as our primary method of existence. So don’t expect anyone to have your back, it is not the game we agreed to play.

So what about it? what is healthy? is it Vegan? is it Paleo? is it Jenny Craig, or any other named “diets” which happen to work for someone smart and savvy enough to market the hell out of it?

I say no! and for that matter HELL NO!!! ( and this is if you have not figured it out yet and OP/ED piece)

A Healthy diet is one that provides your body what it needs to continue all metabolic processes….. period.

For the last several months I have struggled with explaining to people what food really is and what it isn’t.  Most of us don’t know who made our food, don’t know where it comes from, and most of us don’t want to know. Like children we demand that our parents ( Agrobiz ), put things we like on our plate and don’t ask us to wash the dishes, McDonald’s gladly obliges. Like children we refuse to take responsibility for ourselves or our health and we trust someone who’s focus is their own pocketbook to give a damn about us and our health. I don’t know about you but I don’t know my neighbor on the other block well enough to care if he is eating right, how do you expect Monsanto or Cargill to care about you or your children.

Food is simple. It grows alone in the wild without intervention. If we choose to cultivate it we need to respect its boundaries or it quickly becomes not food. Example? Spelt, now called and ancient grain, was once all that wheat was. we didn’t like ti the way it was and so we modified it. All well and good, until we turned it into something that compromises our immune systems and causes more damage than health. Potato’s are nightshades and thus deadly poison, but since we eat the tubers we forget about these things.

So much of what we value about “food” is taste, but not nutrition.  I didn’t create the rules but apparently taste was a secondary consideration to the upkeep and health of the human body..

Over the last several months I have been learning via trial and error what can and cannot be used for health in my body and one thing i have noticed. As i am only eating real food i note that there is no way for me to take in all the nutrients i need from food and over eat. There i not enough time in the day or room in the belly for such nonsense.

So when you are looking for the healthy way to eat know that it is not what society at large wants from you but what you body needs in order to survive, in order to thrive.

Then make the hard choice to treat yourself right and eat real food.

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I dont want to cook anymore.

There i have said it. I have been cooking since i was 5 and i am simply tired of it. It doesn’t help that I am single. It doesn’t help that I truly prefer homes cooked food to restaurant food. None of that means diddly-bubkus. The problem is that I have been cooking day in and day out for 35 years and I am quite simply tired of it. Even worse i don’t really want to eat.  Been doing that one off and on for 10 years at least but the stomach seems to make a pain of itself. and so i eat.

My relationship with food has been stressful to say the least. At the age of 10 i decided that I was officially FAT. Being the logical person i was that meant that calories must be restricted until i was not FAT. Well that never happened I am still FAT and it is only in the last 18 months that I have come to accept that it has way more to do with my trauma than my eating habits and yet I still find myself wanting to restrict calories. Gone are the days when my iron will was able to tell myself that 800 Kcals a day was all we were going to eat so suck it up. I know better. Now it is even more difficult since i know it is my attitude that must change and my fear of ballooning up to SUPREMO-FAT is so strong that I must fight daily to reassure myself that I am safe and loved etc and so can eat.

So i appear to be at an impasse. When I started writing i figured this was truly only about begin tired of cooking, now i see that it has to do with the last hold out of starve-myself-mastery as well. Punishing myself for failing yet again to loose weight in what i conciser a reasonable amount if time. Yesterday i was reminded to support and love myself. I must admit that sometimes i have absolutely no clue what that means. Obviously there is a part of me who save every scrap of food i intake. I recently remembered that food was also restricted from me when i was actually hungry. Why does this have to be so complicated. My onion is so thick can it please be over soon…..  ( concludes rant for the day).  Seriously though, this feels like too much for one person to take on and yet it is only able to be conquered by one person; me.

So I dont want to eat, I dont want to cook and I dont want to eat out.

I have not figured out how to appease the demons inside when i come to hording food or allowing me to have a healthy body.   On the other hand i no longer scorn me verbally on a minute by minute basis, and I do know that it is not about the food i intake or the calories i burn.

Does supporting me mean Cooking or abstaining? Does it mean Eating or abstaining?  In this moment of now I don’t have and answer. I will be content to allow me to not have an answer. My saying “When in doubt do nothing; when you know, execute.”

I shall go back go bed.

PS. My roommate just came in the office and asked me what i was staring off into space for. I told her I was hungry and didnt want to eat. Her reply?

“That is a common problem for you isn’t it.”  I laughed she replied ” Just stating facts here”

Le sigh

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