We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
It is indeed an eating disorder which is probably related to, and often overlaps, the other eating disorders. Unlike the other eating disorders, it seems harmless enough although irrational, a waste of time, and annoying to others. A waste of effort and money too. Basically another variant of the obsessional neuroses.
Vegans, organics, gluten freaks, Whole Foods, and all that silliness.
Nobody can define healthy eating and it doesn't matter as far as we can tell. Therefore, if you worry about food we say you just need to get a life. A social life, wholesome hobbies, etc. Unless you need to lose weight for health and vigor, to prevent arthritis and diabetes, etc, that is. Does your cholesterol count matter for anything? Not at all, unless you have the genetic disease of hypercholesterolemia which is detectable early in life. In that case, you take pills, cross your fingers, and pray.
Like functional alcoholics, some people are functionally insane. Some people just really want to have a sense of moral superiority. (Painfully, this sounds like a lot of liberals.) Fock 'em! Sometimes you have to regulate what you eat due to gout, heart disease, etc. So be it.
Don't dis Whole Foods 100%. When I see their meat department I am reminded that I live in the best country in the world at the best possible moment in history.
If you want to be a vegan, knock yourself out. I am going to eat some filet mignon and some ribs. Not every day, but every chance I gets.
I don't care what other people eat, and I never try to influence them. I know many people hereabouts who eat way too much of the worst kind of just plain bad food, but that's their choice, and they have to live with their obesity and related issues.
While hardly obsessed, I do pay a lot of attention to what I eat, because it matters to my particular health situation. One very common food puts me into a scary anaphylaxis, and I have been sick and miserable because of a physical intolerance to a couple of other foods, one very common. My allergist says it's a real issue, and when I avoid that food my symptoms disappear.
So I cook a lot, using fresh and simple ingredients, and when I do eat out it means avoiding those foods I must avoid. Eating well gives me real enjoyment, being sloppy about selecting foods makes me physically ill on too many occasions.
My better half lost scores of pounds after breaking some bad habits earlier in life, and today we are healthy and contented by paying attention to good ingredients well prepared, by us or when we eat out. Life is better this way, and there is nothing the least bit neurotic about our approach to food.
For decades I have observed that,"Yesterdays science is today's junk science". That would suggest that "Today's science is tomorrows junk science".
I have followed the food fads for decades and participated. I don't believe anybody or their "articles that are pushed as facts" anymore, and with all due respect, that includes this article.
No offense intended.....................
Nobody can define healthy eating and it doesn't matter as far as we can tell.
False. Rather, nobody can define healthy eating as an exact, universally accepted science. It matters as far as we care to inform ourselves.
It absolutely matters if we care to learn how and why it matters. The partisan rejection of that documented truth is a cultural artifact and in no way defines the science. It's rhetoric, and sadly, it's damaging rhetoric.
Healthy diet = Make sure you get your MDRs, if you have a health problem that requires a special diet than follow that advice, over and above that you can eat anything you find in the grocery stores or restaurants. Don't restrict your diet, such as by following fad diets, veganism, etc. Eat a wide variety of foods and from all food groups.