So what's a person to eat these days? Cause the more we "learn" about food, the more one realizes that all foods are trying to kill you.
Should one simply live on omega-3 eggs and coconut oil?
Does anyone find that the more they learn about diet, the more orthorexic they become?
I think it's important to keep in mind that orthorexia is a pop-psychology term, like workaholism, it's not an actually medical condition. Should one avoid being a workaholic? Yes, of course. Are there times when working very hard is important, yes. These things have to be taken in context. If one gets too obsessed with food then they might need to take a step back and put things into perspective. Don't miss the forest for the trees.
There is an optimum amount of stress that makes one healthy, known as hormesis. Exercise is classic hormesis. It is catabolic, causing damage that is repaired by the body, making it stronger. But too much of it is also bad (overtraining). Since we've been ingesting anti-toxins for millions of years we are probably optimized for a certain hormetic level of them so don't sweat trying to avoid them altogether, they actually can make you healthier. The important thing is to avoid the nasty ones like gluten, the ones we haven't had much time to adapt to.
Yes, we are all going to DIE. (eventually)
On avoiding orthorexia (seriously over amateur diagnosed IMO by those who are dislike a particular way of eating)
“Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good.” Voltaire
And a bit more: Eat a wide variety of evolutionarily appropriate food, avoid those that cause you as an individual difficulty and read up on hormesis. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hormesis
I hear the mortality rate for the paleo diet is 100%. Also, that omega-3 can be quite toxic (Ray Peat says that). Maybe you should try breatharianism?
Of course food is trying to kill you. If it didn't there would be no food chain, no evolution. We would not exist. I feel like there is way too much focus in the paleo community on just running away from problems by avoiding food, rather than building up our body's ample defense and detoxification systems, which have been honed to resilience for millions of years before being brought low by modern crap foods.
Humans evolved to eat food and manage its toxicity. Staying within an evolutionary paradigm of eating allows us to consume high nutrient, low toxicity foods without having bad things happen.
Personally I find that the more I learn about diet the more I realise that focusing on individual components of food, either beneficial or harmful, leads to all kinds of confusion.
The following foods all contain potentially problematic compounds, at least for some people. They all also contain essential nutrients and can be part of a healthy diet.
All foods are a trade-off between benefit and harm. The more you eat of any one single food the more likely it will cause problems.
For example if you live only on sweet potatoes then you may find serious problems. If they form a part of an overall mixed diet problems are very unlikely.
You are underestimating the protective power of foods. Yes, red meat has iron but if you take it with milk or coffee, the iron is absorbed less.
As to things like fructose, yes there are apparent problems but also advantages at moderate dose (eg., some level of uric acid is good).
This is not an issue if you give up reading diet books for cookbooks. And trade in that orthorexia for some good orthotics while you're at it.
Orthorexia might extend your life by 15 seconds, but life is not as enjoyable if you carry a voluntary mental illness. Getting some exercise could add 15 years and dissipate your brain fog.
Must go. Elwood Dowd and Harvey are out for a walk.
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