#14 Heroes & Villains of Diet
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Topics about diet and eating styles has become so fiercely debated its like people arguing about religion. You start seeing intense statements such as:

“If you drink milk then you’re stupid!” 

“If you eat meat then you’re the problem!”

“Vegans are idiots, I’m eating my meat no matter what.”

“Gluten free is the way to be. I just know my body can’t take gluten even though I haven’t taken the test.” 

“I’m allergic to non-electrolyte water.” 

This list can go on and on but it’s starting to get ridiculous. If you pay attention to how food recommendations have changed in the past decades it’s been a roller coaster of what’s considered evil and what’s the new “super food.” 


Back around 2005 it was all about avoiding fats and consuming grains and now its the other way around where we cut sugars and intake healthy fats. 


Eating 6 small meals a day was suppose to be the end all be all of how to cut weight but now there’s more of a push of intermittent fasting and how that’s getting great results. 


If you have a certain diet that truly works for you then that’s awesome, but it won’t do anyone any good if you feel that your way of eating is the best way of eating and try to force it down your friends and family’s throats. 


When you automatically categorize someone as “stupid” or “the source of the problem” when they don’t eat the way you eat then that’s an issue in itself. 


Emphasizing the education and science of food and dieting is what will improve the way we all eat no matter what we do. Whether you’re a vegetarian, carnivore, vegan, or just a person who likes to eat whatever they want, if we continue to relentlessly devour the knowledge of how food really affects us as individuals we can better help one another and see the bigger picture of what it really takes to eat healthy. 


We also have to be adamant about the sources of where we get our information about food and dieting. With streaming platforms being more popular than ever it is becoming easier to consume media out there that talks about how people should eat but you must be careful in what type of message they’re showcasing. 


You can’t trust everything you watch and if something seems very biased towards one thing you already know there needs to be more digging to get to the bottom of it. Every type of study could be influenced by a corporation to serve their interests at the same time as every documentary could be heavily skewed to the views of it’s sole director without any credible sources. There’s always two sides to every issue and it’s best to listen and understand both in order to make an educated decision on your part. It’s a pain to do but we have the internet.


If you want to learn how to eat healthy challenge yourself to read, listen, and watch credible information that explains both sides of a coin and see what works best for you. Try it out, adjust and refine it. In my opinion this is the best way to get closer to your end goal whatever it may be. 


“Nobody is a villain in their own story. We're all the heroes of our own stories.” - George R. R. Martin
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