But this time I really developed the fanatic's gleam in the eye. I've been stuffing my head full of information on nutrition, human history and research on vegetarian diets as well as starvation diets and high animal food diets. I became convinced that my pro-meat way is the only way and everyone who thinks humans should avoid eating animals, or who thinks grains are actually good for us, doesn't know much about nutrition and doesn't know what true health feels like.
It's fun to say and write things like that, but I hereby officially, publicly take it back. A website called Beyond Vegetarianism contains various articles about the zealous and unhealthy attitudes of vegans and vegetarians who demonize those who eat meat and I recognize myself in the descriptions. Tom Billings' Functional and Dysfunctional Lunch Attitudes describes:
- Lunch mindfulness: you eat healthy foods in a healthy way, but don't think too much about it.
- Lunch obsession: you stick to strict rules about an ideal diet because you are actively afraid of what will happen if you don't (fears of becoming ill or spiritually impure, for instance).
- Lunch identification: how you eat is part of who you are. if someone criticizes the way you eat, you take it personally and become emotional.
- Lunch righteousness: because of your diet you feel superior to all others. Everyone who doesn't eat exactly as you do is destructively evil or an idiot or both. When you keep doing this even though your diet is making you ill or is having a negative social impact on you, it can be called orthorexia nervosa.
That said, I won't stop talking about nutrition and health, but I will no longer expect anyone to listen.
And now because I'm just as big a hypocrite as the next person (so here I go with my advice), here is my list of the few things that anti-meat and pro-meat (to pick an arbitrary distinction) nutritionists seem to agree on. These are probably safe to accept as true:
- Diet strongly affects health.
- Avoid refined sugar and refined flour. There is nothing good in them.
- If you eat the foods that are truly right for your body, weight and general health will self-correct without effort or calorie counting.
My final evidence for being a hypocrite is the foods that I've eaten in the past three weeks that are not on my candida diet:
- rice cakes
- 85% dark chocolate
- beef wieners
- potato chips
- coffee w/ half & half and table sugar
- And of course the anniversary celebration of 3/25 when I ate every kind of sweet treat I could think of.
- I'm a big, not-quite-so-fat hypocrite.
- It's possible to go off a diet periodically and still do well if I stick to it most of the time.
This hypocrite is signing off for now. Time for some eggs and bacon.