I found myself sitting in my office at lunch time, starving, but unable to figure out what I should eat. I hadn’t brought food with me, which is unusual, so I was relying on local (out of the city centre) food establishments to be able to accommodate my diet. However, I was then paralyzed by my pondering about what the hell my diet actually is….
- Eggs could be ok, but only in yolk format with 1 white per 4 yolks;
- Botanical fruits only if skinned and peeled, because otherwise the seeds and skin are trying to kill you with their lectins;
- Meat, but only organic, grass-fed, and local (if possible), otherwise it could essentially have been fed a corn and soy diet, which practically makes it a walking, breathing grain;
- Fish, but not the farmed kind, because they’re swimming grains pumped full of antibiotics and other stuff that isn’t natural or good for you;
- Not too may berries because of the lectins they contain that are also not good for your body;
- No dairy at all (per the Wahls Protocol), or just full fat Italian or French organic cheese if on the The Plant Paradox plan;
- No whole grain rice because the husk is not fit for human consumption;
- Organ meat from organic and grass-fed animals, but I’m 100% sure that’s not sold in Mucho Burrito;
- Chocolate, only if it’s 72% or higher in cacao.
The easiest of these things to get in any situation is the chocolate, but that doesn’t make for a healthy or satisfying meal. So, I opted for a salad bowl with some non-organic chicken, some salsa (tomatoes still containing seeds and skin), no cheese (check in that box), no sauce (check in that box), peppers (still with skin … oops), black beans (legumes… poor show for me), and guac (check, check). It was pretty tasty, but it made me acutely aware that I need to be better prepared and also that I need to seriously consider the life-long implications of adopting any of these diets/protocols/plans, because I think I may never ever be able to eat out again, unless I’m ordering a green salad with no frills and organic cold-pressed olive oil as a dressing ….. I’m going to be a super fun dinner partner for my steak and burger loving friends….. 🙂
So, as I write, I’m reminded of something I read in the latest of my educational books “The Plant Paradox” by Steven Gundry. It’s an awesome and very well written book, by the way. I’ll refer to it a lot more, I’m sure, but for now this is what I have to share. He says that over 50% of the world’s production of calcium carbonate (the active ingredient in Tums and other stomach settlers) is fed to cows because they get heart-burn and pain swallowing as a result of all the grain and soy beans they’re fed. If they don’t get the calcium carbonate then they’ll stop eating, which renders them useless to the farmer because they don’t get fat. Now, I’m not a vegan and I’ve always enjoyed beef and all other meats, but this is just downright cruel…. how can we allow our animals (our food) to be treated so badly and to be in discomfort during its life, just so that we can eat more of it and more often!? The more I read and educate myself about this stuff, the more I can’t help but feel that our world is out of balance and that we’re no longer feeding our need, we’re simply feeding our greed.