Wednesday, January 26, 2011

From the Commonplace Book - On Diets and Health

Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint. - Mark Twain
I wonder what Mark Twain would think of our blogging world? A misprint is no longer the worst thing that you could read.

My philosophy toward food is more like this:
Nothing is ever as good as it looks and nothing is ever as bad as it seems. -Anonymous
So I eat my grapefruit in the morning and drink my green tea, two supposedly healthy habits that I actually enjoy. We try to serve real food in it's simplest forms and my kids actually enjoy a lot of vegetables. But we also eat out sometimes and actually allow our children to eat fast food on occasion (even- gasp! - chicken nuggets).

Now that I'm (sigh) almost 30 and I've given birth to four children, I have to admit that I'm attracted to magazine articles or books that tell me they can boost my metabolism or help me lose weight or...but as a very wise man once said, "Of making many books there is no end," (it's in the Bible - Ecclesiastes 12:12, if you want to look it up). There will always be another book, another article, another blog post. People will always be declaring a food off limits, then on limits, then eat as much as you can, then, nope! Off limits, again. (Eggs, anyone? And is coffee good for you, bad for you, should it be a controlled substance or is it harmless right now?)

It probably wouldn't sell many books or magazines to say, "Eat what you want to eat. In moderation. Get off the couch once in a while. Go outside. Get at least 8 hours of sleep at night, when your body is designed to sleep. And stop, for goodness sakes, worrying about your diet, what you eat and how you look all the time. Thank you, very much and have a nice life."

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2 comments:

Elisabeth said...

Amen to the last paragraph! It was working for me until I got pregnant.
About the chicken nuggets, Ryan stopped eating them when I told him it was chicken. But he loves wendy's chicken sandwiches! I don't get it either....

Julie Munroe said...

Amen and amen.

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