I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately on various topics like “the evils of sugar”; “ghastly gluten”; “freakin’ fats and oils” and more. When I do this sort of reading I put the issues into focus as I think about my food loving family’s diet and general consumers, hmmmmm. Where’s that tub of ice cream?
I have to tell you I really can’t stand demonizing any food or nutrient unless it’s true poison. I worry people either become food phobic and eliminate all kinds of foods or they throw up their hands in defeat and proclaim “forget about it”, then abandon all healthy eating efforts. Moreover, some people are tempted to get more of what they’re not suppose to – our child within is relentless. Research has shown this. Can you relate?
Then I read an enlightening article about a journalist’s experience in Paris realizing people there aren’t fat, well, other than the tourist – pardon monsieur! For me this article hit the nail on the head of my core belief on all of this: it’s about balance in life – a little dab of butter, a sweetie for dessert, a splash of wine with dinner, a fresh crusty baguette at lunch, walking from point “a” to point “b” with many points in-between. I was in Paris last September and it is certainly a city worth having a love affair with – there were dabs and noshes and splashes to be had along with long walks to-ing and fro-ing, nothing in extreme, except for some shopping perhaps….
I’m not saying to throw caution to the wind because many solid studies do show that consumers are eating the sweet stuff in excess and the outcome’s not pretty. Other studies show fruits and veggie consumption which has been abysmal for years is on the decline – ug. There are oodles of evidence on how inactive kids and adults alike are. What I am saying is: is to eat food, real food from all of the food groups to nourish our bodies with every vitamin and mineral, macro and micro nutrient so we can run on all cylinders. Our masterful machine “body as temple” requires this. Check the manual! And do what our bodies were built to do – move every single day.
Balance. That’s what the world needs now to help us put our portions into perspective: “balance sweet balance”. Once we get this right perhaps we can start to lick some of the epidemics we face.
What does Barry White sing, “too much of anything’s just not good for you baby….”