I spend a lot of time on the computer – possibly too much. I read a lot of nutrition information, blogs, other recipe developers, cookbook authors and Facebook and Twitter post. I have come to a number of conclusions but the biggest one is that there are many ideas about “healthy eating” with which I disagree.
When I see someone post that they are excited because someone made pumpkin bread or apple raisin muffins, I think, “Anyone who thinks that healthy eating involves muffins or quick breads, even made with what would be considered fairly healthful ingredients, is kidding themselves.” I am not saying don’t ever eat these foods but these foods are treats, meant for special occasions. Wednesday is not a special occasion on my calendar.
A special occasion is a birthday, anniversary, family gathering (unless your family gathers every Sunday) or the like. Generally flour products are not high up on my list of “healthful foods” (possibly with the exception of sprouted grain flour which few people are using).
Some people will consider me radical. And I might be. I am a Fellow of the Leadership Institute for Ecology and the Economy. At a retreat on our first day of meeting, we were told to be heretical. Perhaps I already had it in me. I don’t mind saying what others don’t want to hear.
I have managed to maintain my weight (minus the time that I was pregnant because that is a different story) for the past 30 years by eating a healthful diet. What I eat has changed over the years as my needs have changed, and my intuition and knowledge of an “ideal diet” has changed. I stick with whole foods most often, which means just what I say: whole grains, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds and fruit. I do not feel deprived. I love what I eat.
I eat foods that are tasty and in season. I do get tired of the fruit in apple-pear-citrus season which is quickly approaching but luckily here in California we also have Asian pears and persimmons which help a bit with the fruit boredom. The vegetables are ever changing and I rarely tire of cabbage and root vegetables in winter because they can be made in so many tasty ways.
The point of what I am writing (as if I had a point) is to say that I am tired of reading about all kinds of recipes that contain a half cup or more of nut butter that is combined with kale and considered healthy, while using a teaspoon or two of oil is considered poison. Too much fat is too much fat. I prefer the nut butters and tahini to oil but so many people fail to see the big picture and look at what having a healthy diet really means. And honestly, it is probably different for all of us.
Please think before you eat a couple of those “healthy” muffins or one quarter of that pumpkin bread. Think about what you put in your mouth. You only have one body and I implore you to treat it right – or the best that you can. Eat your veggies today.