My confusion continued on in terms of what constitutes a "healthy diet" ever since watching this video:
I'm sure many of you have heard of the famous Matt Monarch, the raw foodist. Well he made a video that talks about why eating 100% raw might not be the healthiest diet. Really? Of course this video had many video replies to this that said the opposite. To me a raw vegan diet sounds way to extreme and difficult to adhere to. As Matt says, you will lose your present social life. There is very little research done on raw veganism, so is it really worth it when you'd have to lose touch with a lot of your friends/ some family.
Sometimes I just don't know what to believe!!! Eating red meat is bad for you... ok that's actually been pretty well shown in epidemiological studies. I remember reading just 2 days ago from eCancer (a bunch of European Cancer Research Centres) that eating only a small amount of red meat will decrease 3% of cancers (not all are related to diet). So I actually believe the claim that too much red meat is unhealthy. On the other hand there're Paleo people who keep saying that grains cause too much inflammation or that they make us fat. Like seriously... I have read a study saying that a Paleo diet is good for those with diabetes (no duh it's a low carb diet) but nothing related to longevity or chronic diseases. Well the problem is it's almost impossible to follow the true Paleo diet because most animals are fed on grains and soy and it's not the same "wild game" that is high protein/ low fat.
The vegetarian diet is ok but the problem comes in with replacing meat proteins with dairy proteins. Big no no! The other thing is that some people are "carbatarians" which isn't exactly healthy either. Vegans can be pretty unhealthy because there're tonnes of vegan "junk food" options available now. Hey, french fries are technically vegan! However, if done properly I think a vegetarian/ vegan diet is very healthy.
|My Food Pyramid|
Where do I stand? I think I've mentioned a gazillion times that I follow the Mediterranean Diet. I've actually put together what a typical food day for me looks like (FINALLY!) and will post it on Friday. It's really just a Whole Food diet that is somewhat of a pescetarian. Very flexible! Basically, it's A LOT of fruits and veggies, some whole grains, lean sources of proteins, and some healthy fats. For proteins I predominantly eat legumes, fish, and some cottage cheese or eggs. As you may have noticed by my blog I never put up meat recipes. That's because I never cook meat! I still eat it but on the more rare occasions like family dinners. I think we shouldn't restrict ourselves to any particular food and I'm sure a tiny bit of red meat is healthy (but just a tiny bit). Plus, eating this way prevents those annoying arguments over nutrition and people telling you how unhealthy you are because you don't eat meat every single day. As for fats I mainly get mine from extra virgin olive oil (the holy grail of the Mediterranean Diet), avocados, fish, and NUTS! Blah! You'll see what I mean on Friday!
Does your family question you about your eating habits? Has it ever gotten in the way?
PS: I found this video on youtube and I think it's the coolest thing ever. I don't play Assassin's Creed or anything but parkour is so cool! I see people doing it at my university and it's just so amazing what people can do with their bodies!!!