What is it good for?

 War. UNGH! Good God. 

We are a house, divided. War percolates below every seemingly meaningless gesture. Even casual conversations cause sparks. For now, a cease-fire exists. But, for how long?   The skirmishes and clashes of the past loom over our daily interactions. Only the threat of MAD keeps us from crossing the line.

What is this division, this conflict , this horrific wound in the body of our pseudo-marriage? I speak, of course, of that most shocking of rivalries: differing dieting techniques*.
He advocates for low-fat foods.
I advocate for less processed foods and smaller portions.

Who is right in this eternal conflict? Whose ideology is the correct one? **

As a nurse, Mister Man feels that he has the power of the AMA behind him. His position is one of entrenchment, stagnation. Basically, if it doesn’t come from the medical community – he doesn’t want to hear about it.

My position is from a place of not wanting to eat foods that contain scores of chemicals in them. Unless and until someone proves I will gain superpowers from ingesting it – I do not want to eat thiamine mononitrate, nor any of the other 37 Twinkie ingredients.

Now, this is not to say that we disagree on everything about a healthy lifestyle. For example, we both want to include more exercise into our daily regimen. We both feel that water consumption is key to wellness.

Aaaaand, that’s about it.
I want us to eat a diet heavy in veggies, fruits, and meat. Basically, a primal diet. He wants us to eat like its 1956, heavy on the grain and dairy.



His. Except with more chemicals.













However, all of the dairy must be fat free. Fat free cheese, milk, yogurt, etc.  I have to wonder what they are using to replace the fat?  Because fat does serve a purpose in food and in our bodies. I feel that instead of reaching for a product claiming to be “LO-FAT!” we should instead, just reach for less of a full fat product.

I guess we won’t ever be able to settle this debate.

…PFFT, who am I kidding?
Do you want to know the most obvious reason that my diet is the correct one?

Because mine contains bacon.  Mmmmm, bacon.


I believe I just won.




 * – I know, right?
** – Well, duh. MINE.

3 thoughts on “What is it good for?

  1. Although I am not a doctor, I believe that unprocessed is better than low-fat/high-chemical.

    During October Unprocessed, I still maintained fat in my diet. I ate goat cheese every morning, and used whole milk (nonhomogenized, low-pasteurized, practically right out of the cow) and cream in my soups and pastas. Also, real butter in baking. (Plus healthy fats like olive oil and avocado).

    My cholesterol fell 25 points in three weeks despite my use of whole milk and butter. I also lost enough weight that I need a belt for my pants. Weight loss was *not* my intention at all, but for everyone I know who participated, it seems to be a natural result of fewer additives in one’s food.

    Also, the AMA and ADA are well-known to have Big Food dollars affecting their policies, research, and decisions. The Small Bites blog (http://smallbites.andybellatti.com/), is one of the best resources I know of for discussing healthy eating in a way that is sane, and calling out government agencies who are more concerned with profit than health.

  2. The main problem I find with “low-fat” anything is that often they substitute sugar to take the place of the fat. You are not necessarily limiting caloric intake. Give me less-processed, higher protein meals any day.

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