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.
We have periodically posted here about eating obsessions, whether overeating, anorexia, "organic" preoccupations, people whose approach to food verges on the medicinal, vegetarianism, food fads and food quackery, etc. We shrinks call it all "orality."
As we have often said here, anybody in the Western World would need to make a full-time effort to avoid an adequate diet. Furthermore, medical science has yet to come up with a consensus on what a "healthy diet" really is. Eskimos thrive on seal fat and sea gull meat. Despite what Mrs. Obama or anybody else tells you, it's all Old Wives Tales. We all would enjoy believing that we can control Fate in some way by one sort of magic or another. Eat fruit? Why? It's pure carbs and just makes you fat. Spend good money on vitamins? Why? It's all Magical Thinking.
During most of human history, any food was scarce and costly to obtain. We have tons of good food, cheap. If anything, too much and too tasty, and we don't have to do drudge labor in the fields all day to get some of it.
I have seen plenty of sturdy young athletes grow up on nothing but Cheerios, macaroni and cheese, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches. Eat what you like, and thank God we have food choices.
Where's my Big Mac? I've been waiting here two minutes already.
I miss the old pediatricians. [sigh] During physical exams for young'uns in the school-based health clinic, I try to balance common sense with fun and still cover the basics in the Bright Futures material. When the kids are accompanied by the grandparents (more and more these days), it's pretty easy, because they remember life in the "bad old days" of parents making food choices, and not the gummint. Then there's people like this in my backyard: http://www.yaleruddcenter.org/sodatax.aspx Showing the politicians how much money they can rake in from tax proceeds on sugar drinks. (Not that I think that kids should swill soda.) The only vending machines left in the schools are Dasani water, anyway. The mayor, before he started with the illegal alien voting rights movement, was a key player in getting the dirty capitalist food and beverage companies out of the schools.
I will never forget when my brother was told by his son's pediatrician that his BMI was too high...at 10! My brother thought his child might be headed toward obesity, even though his child ate healthily and minimal 'junk food.' I reminded him of this at the time...that he and his wife didn't feed him crap and that his son was just fine.
A year later his son hit puberty very very early. A clear reason WHY his weight had gone up...all completely normal and natural. He was not headed for obesity! He was just growing up.
The introduction of a BMI standard for kids is ridiculous...and I think the same is true for adults. It does not take into account lean body tissue vs. fat body tissue. All of this worry about fats, carbs, etc. is ridiculous. Eat in moderation. That is the key.
When my kids were young, I read a book called "Are You Hungry" that said you should give your kids whatever they want: if they want candy, let them eat all the candy they want, they'll get tired of it soon enough. Otherwise, candy is a "reward" for "eating your vegetables" which degrades the vegetables and elevates the candy (cookies, cake, whatever).
I immediately stopped fighting w/ my kids about food. All of them are now in their 20's and none of them has one ounce of fat.
I am constantly amazed at the stress modern parents go through w/ their kids about eating the right food. They are creating neurotic eaters. Let them eat whatever they want. Your kids and you will be far less stressed, and they will grow up much healthier.
I can deal with fastidious eaters who make their own food or find food to their liking without a fuss. What I can't stand is people who can't stop talking about the details of their diet. Is there any worse conversation?
First off, I'd like to say that I do not like the word organic. When I think of organic, I do not think of the Organic section in my supermarket, with organic TV dinners, organic candy bars, ect (seems like an oxymoron). To me, eating organic is getting back to the way my grandparents ate. No need for the chemicals and everything they ate, they grew. Eating REAL food, not processed. There is a reason why people in America are less healthy even though there has been so much advancement in the medical field.
My wife and I have been eating organic for a few years now. The difference between us and what everyone else thinks eating organic is about, is that we don't keep to it 100%. You will make yourself crazy if you think everything you eat need to be organic. We just focus on the 80/20 rule. The biggest reason for me for eating organic is that I don't trust the regulations passed by the government (USDA, FDA) concerning our food. Regulations are passed to help profit the large corporations, not for better nutrition. When I found Maggie's Farm websit I really thought I would find that eating organic would be more popular here. For instance: there is a war on raw milk right now. The FDA doesn't want a single person drinking raw milk, not even the farmer. Just another way for the government to control it's citizens.