I eat everything.Monday, February 04, 2013
I'm not a vegetarian. I eat wheat, dairy, sugar and carbs. I drink alcohol, coffee, and tea, sometimes black, sometimes green.
I love raw fish. Baked goods. Meaty burgers, veggie burgers: sometimes with buns, sometimes without.
I love fruits and vegetables, but also bread and noodles. Sometimes white rice, sometimes brown. Sometimes white bread, sometimes dark bread full of little seeds.
Some days I have salad for lunch and soup for dinner and everything's homemade and organic. Other days I eat refined carbs like it's my job. Some days are low-carb, some days are low-fat. I don't really plan it - it just happens.
Lately, I feel like a minority in that I eat everything. I'm lucky to not have any food allergies or sensitivities, and I'm cursed with a weakness for things like pasta and red wine - the thought of giving them up gives me the willies. It has never occurred to me to get rid of eating a particular food. (Except margarine. That shit'll kill you.)
I love animals, but I also happen to love parts of them on my plate. I'm not on a cleanse. I'm not doing Whole30. I'm not even 100% sure what gluten is, but I know I eat it.
I eat everything, and it's beginning to feel uncool. But even worse, it makes me really question how I eat and whether eating everything is good or bad. Could I be doing better? Would overhauling my diet make me healthier?
I try to eat a basic, balanced diet. It's certainly not perfect, but it seems to be working OK. I generally feel fine, have enough energy to get through the day, and sleep decently. I splurge
Could I be feeling and looking better? Most definitely. Could I live in a world without cheese? I DON'T KNOW.
Thinking about making a big change to the way I eat is stressful and there are so many conflicting opinions on different diets, depending on who you ask. There are people who get unreal results on a Paleo diet and others that just seem to be slogging away with it and not seeing any positive change. Some people give up dairy and feel 100% better almost instantly. I know from my own experience that cutting out alcohol pretty much automatically guarantees you'll lose weight, but do I really want to say goodbye to my Friday beer or post-work glass of wine?
So many options, so many mixed reviews, SO MUCH STRESS. What to do?
For the rest of February, I'm going to keep track of what I eat and how I feel every day and see if there are any patterns. If I feel like ass every time I eat a hamburger, or if eating chickpeas gives me magical powers, then I'll know how to adjust my diet.
I am not counting calories or attempting to lose weight. This is about paying attention to the way I feel in general: energy level, moods, skin freak-outs, headaches, alertness, fitness, stomach drama, and so on, identifying foods that are good and bad for me. I'm not convinced there is a one-size-fits-all approach to a healthy diet, so hopefully this little experiment helps me figure out the best way for me to eat.