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  • Why do people on special diets talk so much about their special diet?

    We had a really good workshop this weekend! I very much want to do it again. This past one sold out quickly, so if you want early notification of the next one, please put yourself on the list by clicking here.

    Now then: Why do people on special diets talk about their dadgum diet so damn much?

    Ach! You know why. It’s because adhering to their diet takes up all their timeThey’re left with nothing else to talk about.

    You know that joke about vegans: How can you tell if a person is a vegan? Answer: No need! They’ll tell you.

    (I have actually had that experience - at a hotel, no less. The host had not even shown us to our rooms before informing us that that he was a vegan. Laying many personal vegan-journey facts on us. And I cherish the breakfast part of bed-and-breakfast, so the quinoa-tofu situation there kind of turned me into a hobbit, sadly requiring Second Breakfast.)

    Anyway. People can choose to avoid all kinds of foods, not just animal products. Increasingly people are choosing to avoid many kinds of vegetables, the foods formerly known as "Good for You."

    ANYWAY. Although I’m opposed to having special diets forced upon me, I certainly don’t disapprove of them when they’re chosen. 

    They’re called for when they’re a moral choice, absolutelyAnd when a person has real health reasons.

    Otherwise, please don't feel you need to adopt a drastic, demanding or elaborate diet to eat well, be healthy and feel nourished.

    I would point you to the 80/20 rule. Unless you really like making a huge effort for a small marginal gain, you can avoid diets that demand a lot of time and attention and leave you with nothing else to make conversation about. Most of us are going to get most of the benefit from adhering to the basics:

    • Enough protein 
    • Enough fat 
    • Enough whole foods, i.e. single-ingredient foods in their natural form, or single-ingredient foods in combination
    • Minimal prepared foods
    • Minimal dining out, i.e. eating our own food 

    These are the things that give us huge health benefits. If we’re not already doing them, that’s the place to start. 

    Not the elaborate, involved, shiny new diet that costs a lot of money, a lot of time, a lot of attention - and comes in the mail, wrapped in a lot of packaging.

    So next week I will show you how I shop and prep to manage the basics. A visual guide for you.

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