So, a guy goes to the doctor and says, “Doc! I’ve eliminated 99% of the fat from my diet, I’ve stopped drinking, no desserts or candy, and I only eat meat once a week! Will I live longer?” And the Doctor says, “No, it will only seem that way.”
We enjoy the best health and longest lifespans of any of our ancestors yet we worry more about our physical health more than ever. Health is about a lot of things, a combination of factors. "Overweight" people are healthy, skinny people are "fat." People that cannot deadlift their bodyweight are sick, but asymptomatic. Your overall health is more than a number on a scale. It is even more than an expensive report from the doctor. It is a combination of these plus your strength, plus how the people you interact with perceive you, plus your spiritual well-being, plus....plus...plus...The list grows and varies depending on the listmaker. If you limit it to a number on a scale or a body fat percentage you will, ultimately, be unhappy and unhealthy.
So food ought to be enjoyed. And, to be critiqued are the modern tendencies to fret excessively about foods, categorically demonize them, scold others who enjoy them, moralize and give frequent and unwanted advice to others for their food choices, and especially doing this at the very time of communal eating. If someone asks for salt, (butter, bread, or cake) cheerfully oblige him. You are neither his doctor, nor in possession of his medical records. So smile, and as you pass the shaker say, “Ah, salt! The spice of life!”
Contained within the post of this blog is a prescription for eating that will aid in weightloss, recovery, muscle gain and some very tasty eating. Nothing here will, on the other hand, solve all your problems or make up for any shortcomings.
All things in moderation, including moderation, for there is a time to feast. And CFS knows how to feast.
Food is good, excesses cause problems to be sure. But don’t work so hard to stay alive that you forget to live.
(Adapted from an article by Msgr. Charles Pope, AoD Washington)