Sunday, June 08, 2008
Shocker: The Government Didn't Act in Our Best Interest Because It Would Piss Off Certain Industries
I've been reading an interesting New York Times article over the last few days. Its thesis statement goes like this: "Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants."
It's an interesting article. It's long, so it might take you a while to read, but it basically explains that back in the day (circa 1977), a Senate panel on nutrition was actually going to release dietary guidelines that recommended, among other things, eating less red meat. Needless to say, this really didn't please ranchers, who have a large lobby, and the guidelines that were eventually released came out looking quite different, and didn't recommend eating less of anything. Eating less is seen by many as downright un-American. Certainly it's not a dietary practice that many Americans have adopted.
If you're looking for blogs about diet, nutrition or recipes, we all know this isn't that kind of blog. (Though if you're interested in that kind of blog, you might click here to check out my friend Robin's blog.) However, I came away from this article really thinking about how to eat better.
Some people may not care, but as a society, our diet is terrible and it's costing us a bloody fortune in medical bills. So during this brief time when I may have the attention of a few people, I thought I'd share some stuff I've been thinking about.
In my own diet, the biggest problem is a lack of variety. I strive to eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables, but I end up eating the same fruits and vegetables over and over again. I'll be working on ways to fix that. But now it's time to eat a(nother) spinach salad.
This is another post EG would probably never have written. I realize it's not funny at all, and that the suggestion that we should be eating differently than we are is anathema to some of you. But EG will be back soon and you won't have to put up with me and my crazy ideas.