Why haven’t I been posting?
Well, it’s not because of laziness, or lack of material, or because I’ve been busy at work or doing other things.
It’s mostly for lack of motivation.
The type of motivation I think I’m lacking in is the type that makes me feel as though I’m making a difference.
It’s not that I don’t get encouragement from the occasional email or comment from a reader that says they enjoy reading what I have to say, and that they’re glad that someone is actually saying it.
What I’m wondering is: Am I preaching to the choir? Or are the people that actually need to make changes in their lives getting inspired too?
I mean, who am I? I’m not a nutritionist. I’m not a doctor. Why are the things I’m saying any different from the crapload of crap out there that mis-informs most people about how to eat? It’s not even a matter of whether I wonder if I’m right or wrong (because I’m right), it’s that I wonder; Why would anyone listen to me anymore than they listen to someone giving the wrong information, but making a lot of sense doing it?
In thinking about this the past couple of weeks, and while reading a lot more of the interesting information that has led me to want to learn more about nutrition, and to write about it, is that I feel as though I have an interesting perspective on the subject.
I actually feel as though because I came into this blog not knowing a whole lot about nutrition, and because I haven’t had a lot of data to throw at you to show you why you should eat a certain way, I’ve been able to use logic and reasoning to point out why a lot of the habits that people adopt don’t make sense.
A big example of this is my argument about moderation.
Lets put aside the idea that too much of anything is bad (of course if you ate 10 pounds of carrots a day, you’d probably have some negative effects).
The phrase “everything in moderation” is not logical. The reason people say it, every time, is to justify the fact that they want to eat something that has some likely-hood of negative effects.
If they’re reason for wanting to keep something in their diet, by eating it in moderate levels so as to minimize any consequences, is because they really like the taste of it… fine! Seriously, that’s a great reason. If you really like the taste of something, and don’t ever want to give it up, that’s your decision.
But, if your reason for eating something in moderation is because it happens to have some nutrients that you know you need, in addition to the bad stuff, then you are not thinking logically, and you are ignoring the big picture of food.
Always, always, always you can find another source of those nutrients. Usually you can find a better one, especially if the topic of discussion is a food item that is questionable.
Bottom line, people don’t realize that the statement “everything in moderation” is merely a justification to continue to eat the things they like that are bad for them.
People aren’t eating brussel sprouts in moderation, are they? No, because most people hate them.
Are people screaming “EVERYTHING IN MODERATION!!” when a food item they hold dear to them comes into question, such as fried chicken, ice cream, or BBQ? You’d better believe it.
Well, sure those things aren’t great for you, but they’ve got protein and calcium, and stuff!”
I would say that the negatives outweigh the positives in those foods, but foods like these really don’t even have any positives when you think of them in the larger context of your diet.
When you’re eating a food, you’re getting the whole package.
ANYway, I’ve gone and ranted again.
So, I’m going to try and post more. I need to get over this idea that I have to make some huge point when I write about something, and remember that blogging can be a tool to start a discussion, or keep one going, rather than me just vomiting everything I have to say about something onto my computer.
This is your forum too, not just mine.
Stay tuned for bacon posts (I tried Bacon Salt), Co-Worker updates, and more!