Wednesday, June 24, 2009

The Definition of Eating Healthy

Who would have thought that one of the most difficult questions facing us is 'what's healthy and what's not?' Acclaimed author Michael Pollan, in his book 'Omnivore's Dilemma,' poses the question "What's for Dinner?"

He says: 'Figuring out what to eat--has come to require a remarkable amount of expert help. How did we ever get to a point where we need investigative journalists to tell us where our food comes from and nutritionist to determine the dinner menu?'

Up to recently I actually thought I had finally discovered the secret to great nutrition. I mean, how can a lifetime of trying half the diets out there (including the one's that are not diets, but a "life change," but really are diets), reading health magazines, buying organic produce (at least when I can afford it) -- how can that not make me an expert of some kind? Sure, I'm not a doctor or nutritionist. But with all the back and forth among the "experts" --eat lots of meat and animal products, vegan diets are best, carbs are the devil, carbs are rich in nutrients, raw food diets are best, eating raw can make you sick, corn and soy are evil, corn and soy are miracle crops, processed food is the real problem, fats are the real problem....I can go on all day. But even I, somewhat knowledgeable on this topic, find myself confused by all this contradiction.

Now, this blog is not meant to tell you which side you should be on. I personally believe that everyone has a point and that the key is to find a medium. Once upon a time we were healthy and we didn't think about all this stuff, and yet we made the right decisions. This blog is about finding that medium that can lead each individual to their own definition of healthy.

We will take a look at the different diets and "health plans" out there, we'll present the latest information on nutrition, we'll look at studies and we (the people) will decide what is healthy. Through open and healthy debate we will come closer to the truth that was naturally ours to begin with. We will be the experts and everyone is welcomed to share their thoughts.


Anonymous said...

First of all, people think too much about this stuff. The problem is not WHAT we eat but all the talk about what we should be eating.

QueenT said...

I think you have a point. However, I think people need to find a medium in which they are informed and making the choices, while not letting the idea of food consume their every thought.