A while back, I posted frustration on how to know what to eat if you (okay, I) wanted to eat healthy. Someone asked a good question: What were my motives? Meaning is there a problem that I’m trying to fix? If there was, then that could certainly lead me in a specific direction.
The answer? There isn’t. I mean, losing weight would be nice – in a few months when this pregnancy is over. But I don’t have any digestive issues that I want addressed. I’m not trying to bulk up. I’m not having headaches. I don’t have any signs of allergies (that I know of).
In general, I just want to be healthier. I’m now responsible for feeding a family – first a husband, now a son and soon to be another son. While I’ll never be able to control 100% of what they eat (there will always be meals not eaten at home), I do control what I personally put in front of them. I want them to develop healthy bodies. To be strong. To reduce the chances of dealing with chronic illnesses. To develop tastes and a rightful sense of joy about good food. To live as long as God would will them to.
That’s my goal anyway. And that’s where the frustration comes in. Is an all vegetarian/vegan diet the healthiest way? Is whole foods the best? What place does animal proteins play? Are growth hormones really that big of a deal (I mean, it seems to be everywhere and in everything.)
I’m not as frustrated as I used to be. I’m reading a lot – blogs and books. I’m watching a lot – different documentaries. They don’t all agree. But I’m starting to pick up on trends that I agree with. Things that make sense to me. So I’m heading down that direction. Food as unprocessed as possible. Veggies = good. Animal protein = good. Fat isn’t necessarily evil. I’m not there yet. I still eat lots of processed food, but little by little, I’m picking up new recipes and ways of cooking.