This rant is not aimed at any one person but at America in general. Or perhaps myself. It was inspired by a facebook post linking this http://health.yahoo.net/experts/dayinhealth/new-eating-disorders-are-they-real
I'd like to think that I have a good balanced diet. Maybe a little too much sugar since I have a sweet tooth, but all in all pretty healthy. My kids get mad at me a lot because I REFUSE to serve them junk food and they simply cannot understand why not. I also am not a very picky eater. I am not sure if that is because I have stupid tastes buds or don't actually care enough about it to complain. It may seem like those above two traits don't go together but they do, it's like this; I know what is good for me to eat and so I eat it and will most likely enjoy it. If a person were to serve me a big steaming pile of trans fats breaded in GMO corn fried in HFCS I would eat it to be polite and most likely enjoy the flavor. I will say that good old fashioned food that hasn't been processed tastes waaaay better than it's counterpart: The American Diet. I am also of the persuasion that one should be grateful for the food we do have, we are a nation so filthy rich we can busy our brains with which detox diet is the better one. (It is my opinion that if you eat naturally occurring food and not some with a shelf life of uranium your liver will work just fine to detox you.)
But let me take a moment to rant if I may: I AM EFFING SICK OF FAKE FOOD ISSUES!!!! Yes a lot of food that is out there is horrible for you and yes corporations make a killing off of jacking up our food supply and that is bad. We do not deserve food that is mutated in any way. No one does. Not here, not in Europe, not in Africa or any other part of the globe. However, that does not mean that -insert food- is the causing everything horrible in your life to go horrible and you must remove from your diet despite what your (non existent) pathology report states. I want people to take some ownership for their health and stop blaming. If you are overweight, depressed, suffer from chronic crap it may not be -insert food's- fault. I think it may be your brain. I think a lot of people are so scared of actually living and trying new things, getting out of their comfort zones and just putting themselves out there they hide and find things to blame and the easiest is -insert food.-
I do believe food will affect moods and I truly believe that if you eat sensibly (and in my little world sensible means lots of fruits and veggies, lean meats, fish and eggs, take it easy on the dairy except yogurt, enjoy some olive oil, nuts, and only eat bread that you could reasonably make at home) and not more than your fair share than you will be fine. And yes have that big piece of chocolate cake once in awhile. But here's the kicker....get off your butt and exercise. Something, anything...no excuses. Go outside...if it's cold wear a coat. Exercise, especially outside exercise, is proven very effective at combating depression. Talk to people...live and in their human (not online) forms. Will your life be perfect...no, but you will feel better. I can promise you that. We all have issues, but 9 out of 10 dentists agree its not your -insert food- that is making you crazy. You will not get out of life alive...enjoy it do not fear it.
Edited to add: This is not about people with true food allergies -peanuts, gluten, ect. or food intolerance, such as lactose intolerance. I do not have allergies and cannot imagine what a pain that would be...this is more about the pervasive attitude of "I am special so you must accommodate my nonsense."