Sunday, May 2, 2010

Nutrition-Common Sense or Nonsense?

I'm a self-diagnosed orthorexic; I'm obsessed with healthy eating. Only, I don't actually eat that way all the time, I'm just neurotic about devouring any information on the topic. I tend to eat by the "if some is good, more is better" mantra. Yes, I'm a true American.

The BMI charts say I'm walking a tightrope between "healthy" and "overweight". I exercise regularly (I even ran my first half-marathon last year), and rarely eat out--so what gives?!

As I've been drinking diet Coke to keep my calories low and eliminating entire food groups from my diet, my weight keeps creeping up (and my running times too). I've also complicated my life by cooking separate meals for myself and my family in my dieting attempts. The irony is that my husband and kids are squarely within ideal weight ranges despite the fact that they are eating full "homestyle" meals. Makes you wonder...

So I'm going to try this novel idea: eating real food as close to its original form as possible. What fascinates me is that when it comes to the topic of "real food", there is such dissent among its advocates over what constitutes a "real food". Case in point: milk. Whole or skim? My common sense is telling me whole, raw milk is best since that's its original form. However, for as long as I can remember doctors (who, like many Americans, I've trusted to know better than me what is best for my body) directed me to skim.

I trust God with all other aspects of my life, why not trust that what he provides is good enough for me to eat?

I'm giving up the nonsense and trying common sense.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Ingrid! I love that you are doing this! You seem like a natural! I totally felt you in your first paragraph! I love the idea and all the information and eating this way as well, but many times don't actually do it! I look forward to keeping up with your blog and will be watching for the "SPECIAL" cake recipe!