What the F Should I Eat?!

I’m not quite sure what to eat anymore … Greek yogurt?  The Paleo Diet?  Or, Raw vegan?  It’s so confusing.  So, I made some fancy  lists of pros and cons from the mother of each school of thought:

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To be quite honest, I think there are at least 82 million more pros and cons for each dietary option. I’m still not 100% certain about what the F to eat, but I’m glad I made some fancy lists.

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16 thoughts on “What the F Should I Eat?!

  1. I shun red meat and fried food, but otherwise, I let myself eat what I want in moderation. I try to eat healthy stuff 80% of the time and leave 20% of my intake for not so healthy fare. Some days I’m 90/10; others 70/30. I’m a big believer in “everything in moderation.” That being said, if I didn’t have to cook for kids, I could see myself being a vegetarian. But I don’t think my teen boys want to jump on that bandwagon!

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    • Yes! Cookies and candy and pizza are just about my favorite things, ever! Unfortunately, I was not able to find them on any optimal health diet anywhere…except for the “Bitter” diet…which, I think I may end up following instead of any others! 😀

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      • My bitter diet is one that you probably wouldn’t want to follow. There is a lot of grimacing and spit of food out. Though you probably would get skinnier, your would never really ever taste anything good.

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  2. I just can’t buy into the hype that one particular diet is best for all the humans 🙂 Some people do well on a paleo or Atkins diet, while others love being a vegan. It seems to depend on the individual’s metabolism. I try to avoid excess sugar (unless I’m having a cup of hot tea, and then I use a glob of honey) and a ton of carbs because it makes me feel better and I have clearer skin. But I’d never give up carbs completely. I can’t do radical 🙂 Good luck with whatever you try!

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    • I think you’ve hit the nail on the head with the not doing radical thing. I find that hard to do, too! There are times I feel I could do radical for optimal health if that diet included pizza, donuts and brownies, but I’m sure I would eventually start to crave carrots and celery 🙂

      Thank you for sharing your thoughts on this, Traci!

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  3. Well, first of all- it’s great to see you posting again! I really (really really) miss you when you’re not around. 😦 So- stay around. 😉

    And secondly, before my 4 years of Psych studies, I never would have done a compare & contrast on foods and their (possible) correlating behaviors, but after seeing your spiffy presentation here, I’ve realized something. As you’ve pointed out, vegetarians have been scientifically (and/or biologically) proven to live longer. What intrigues me about that is this: they probably live longer because vegetarians are already proactive in their healthy lifestyles. People who aggressively take care of themselves tend to be more optimistic than unhealthy “non-carers”. So, it makes sense that they’d live longer seeing how they’re probably more positive overall, which has also been scientifically proven to add years to one’s life. So in the end, it might not be their diets that are preserving them, but their mindsets. (Interesting stuff for sure.)

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    • I think you are SPOT ON about vegetarians living longer because they are generally more proactive in their healthy lifestyles. I absolutely LOVE having these kinds of conversations and I’m so happy to get your comment 🙂 I also read that vegetarians tend to lead a more physically active lifestyle, which would go right along with your theory of mindset and healthy lifestyle.

      I’ve really really missed you, too! I’m working on getting myself in gear and posting more 🙂

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  4. Yep. I’m back again. I wanted to share my “diet” with you. (Diet is an awful word to me, so maybe I should say “food plan”, heheh.) I’ve found harmony in eating lots of fresh sauteed greens (mustard greens, collard, turnip greens, and kale. Those are my 4 go to greens that I sautee in only extra virgin olive oil. (And I use only EVOO- no…sometimes a bit of canola for popcorn, because it’s not so heavy and it gets hotter than the EVOO).

    But if you take in a good amount of EVOO- that’s your healthy fats that you need, along with nuts, and some fruits like avacado. The you just need to think about your grains and (some) dairy, if you’re not lactose intolerant. Fresh whole grain baguettes are my “thing”, again, I sautee them in EVOO to make little crostinis. Throw in some feta and tomaotes and basil somewhere- you’ve got a killer meal that’s healthy and AWESOME. (If you’re a red meat eater, or a “carnivore” like me, then you might want to try slicing up a boneless chuck roast into thin strips- across the grain- it’s more tender than a ribeye, and you get a huge amount of “steaks” for the money.) Oh! And lemon juice daily.

    I did learn something from your lists: iron is harder for the body to absorb from non-meat sources than meat sources. Thanks for posting this. 😉

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    • So glad to see you back! I’m always so happy to see you here!! I like your “food plan”, it sounds delicious! 😉 I agree, the word “diet” has kind of a negative connotation sometimes.

      I’m glad you learned something from this post, too! I didn’t know the tidbit about iron absorption, either. The nutrients in meat products, such as B-12 and Omega 3’s that are know to help ward off depression got me. I’ve been toying with the idea of being a vegetarian for a long time because the thought of hurting the animals breaks my silly heart, but the depression thing has been a struggle for me, too 😛

      So, I think I will do my best to consume red meat only on occasion and the grass fed kind if possible 🙂

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