I am a TRENDY guy… dietarily speaking.
When it comes to feeding, eating and dieting, I have done it all. At least I have tried. I started 18 years ago as a strict calorie counter and a low calorie consumer. I have been fat free, and also full fat, all fat. I have eaten low carb, no carb ketogenic. I’ve carbed with no bread, no grains, as well as hi carb, and heavy grains. I have gone paleo, in all of its forms. I was metabolically “typed” and a metabolic typing advisor. I have been vegetarian, vegan, and as carnivorous as Vihjalmur Stefannson. I have strictly used conventional or all organic and biodynamic foods, like the local co-op and grocery store I founded. I have been gluten free, soy free, dairy free, and additive free. I have soaked, sprouted, and fermented. I have not only exclusively used whole foods but highly processed and refined,too. I have supplemented and superfooded, cleansed, detoxed, fasted, and I have feasted. When it comes to food, the only thing I have more of than food knowledge is varied dietary experience.
I was constantly searching for the perfect way of eating. It had to be there. I would seek and sample ’til I found it. For many years, moving onto a new dietary trend meant new hope, with an eerily optimistic belief that all variables of food chemistry and human biology had been, and could be, accounted for with this new trend. “Ahh, Yes. Of Course!” I THOUGHT to myself. As if this time dietary optimization was at hand. It also meant bashing the old belief, and belittling anyone who still advocated for any of the aforementioned antiquated ways of eating. The sad truth about this brazenly biased way of thinking, I missed the most important thing, my response.
I was far more interested in arguments than outcomes. I wasn’t a scientist. I was a philosopher at best, and a pedantic pundit at worst. But that could change any time I wanted because unbeknownst to me I had been running experiments this whole time. Simply by eating and noting my responses I had far more useful evidence than I could ever acquire through reading and research.
Before running anymore experiments, I needed to look at the results of my dietary endeavors: ALL of them. To the best of my ability, I put my beliefs and ALL that I had “learned” on the back burner and looked simply at the outcomes. I was startled, to say the least, about what I found.
What I found was not an exclusive way of eating, but an inclusive one. With each diet practice, I had positive results, to some degree. I had done well with whole foods, but also with processed and refined. I had done great with organics, but also with conventional. I had good experiences as a vegetarian, and just as good as a meat eater. I had done well with low fat, low carb, and low calories, and I had other great outcomes from hi fat, hi carb, and astronomic caloric consumption.
The greatest association I found with food and my health, was that the more foods I was willing to include in my diet, the better my health. I just had to pay attention to what I was feeling, and be ok to eat what was necessary.
Every diet has something in common. It defines good and bad. According to EVERY diet there are good foods, and there are bad foods. And we believe it, every time. And we act accordingly. Until that inevitable moment that we sway from our diet, or give it up altogether. We abandon the “good” for the “bad”. And for some time after, we feel better, much better. Why?
Because there is no such thing as inherently good or bad foods. There are just better contexts, for each person, to eat a particular food, or eat in a particular way. And it is going to be different for EVERYONE.
I still consider myself a trendy guy,.. dietarily speaking. But instead of following diet trends, I follow my body’s. My body provides me with all of the direction I could ever need.
Biofeedback based eating is sensitive and responsive to all of our body’s trends. And I believe it’s the only way of eating that will always work. The only requirement is to let your body, not your mind, be the guide.