Recently, I made homemade salsa and guacamole for a party and was told I could not bring tortilla chips to go with it because someone there had a corn intolerance. Mind you, I’m not making light of allergies or serious diseases such as celiac or diabetes. However, we are at the point where we have to accommodate everyone’s dietary restrictions and it sort of takes the fun out of socializing. Everything is bad for you. I’ve had people tell me they can’t eat greens because they read it on the internet. Just today someone gave me a list of all their food intolerances and told me they are on a rotation diet that some expert gave them to follow. They can have tilapia but no chicken and on Thursdays they can only eat lima beans and watermelon. I want to know who is going to follow this diet for more than two weeks? Answer: no one. Stop the madness. Seriously.
How about trying this diet? Get the bulk of your food like your Grandma did 50 years ago! The operative word being FOOD. Like stuff that doesn’t have a label or if it does it has less than 10 ingredients and you can pronounce them. Apple = food, Applejacks = not food. Grass fed hamburger = food, Hamburger Helper = not food. Oats, Beans, Rice, Spinach, Chicken, Tomatoes and Bananas are food. Eat them. Unless you are allergic and you probably aren’t. I’m going to scream if I hear one more person righteously proclaim they gave up all pototoes because of the “sugar” while eating a piece of cheesecake. Yes, that really happened. While we are on the subject, sitting around talking about how you just took a quiz on the internet and discovered you can’t eat oranges anymore because of candida is just super boring party conversation. How did we ever get to this point? I swear, I don’t want to hear one more word about what your nutritionist, chiropractor, personal trainer, IsaBeachBonne coach, numerologist or aura fluffer told you. If they haven’t told you to eat more plants and move more, it’s all just crap, IMO. If all these fads work, why are 2/3’s of us overweight and sick?
What I suspect is making us all miserable is stress, information overload and a lack of real human connection. We are exhausted! How about turning off the phone and the electronics for a while and reading an actual book or taking a walk in nature? Take a little break and don’t worry if you miss this week’s discovery on the latest Superfood that promises to make you whole, complete and perfect. It won’t. Next week we’ll find out it’s actually slowly poisoning us anyway. Agave anyone?
Go eat some pineapple and a nice salad, drink more water and strive to eat at least 9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. If that’s hard for you and you are lazy like me, learn how to make Green Smoothies in a blender. Turn off your phone and read for pleasure. Meditate, play with your kids, go have a cup of tea (or better yet a Green Smoothie) with a friend. Laugh, ride a bike, volunteer, hug someone, take a day off once in a while, quit being so “busy” and learn to socialize face to face with other humans like you used to in the 80’s. I suspect you’ll become healthier. If it’s a challenge to do it on your own, consider finding an accountability partner or better yet, hiring a health coach to encourage you along the way.