Sunday, March 31, 2013

On eating healthier

I have been trying to change my diet and eat healthier for the past year.  The problem is that once you start eating healthy, it's hard to stop.  I mean, once your body gets used to processing more real food, it's kind of bitter when you offer it anything else.  And you are the one who is justly punished.

On the other hand, it's not like starting to eat healthier food is all sunshine and roses.  It can make you feel equally sick, and you really have to do it in a slow, organized, and scientific way, so you can figure out what healthy things don't agree with you.  Swapping out or introducing one new thing a week is a really doable pace, and it can keep you from feeling sicker instead of better without knowing the cause. 

For instance, if you start eating a new cereal, adding a new kind of seed to it, and trying a new milk-substitute at the same time, you have no idea which of these things is making you feel violently ill.  It doesn't help when your short-term memory is shot, meaning you feel terrible in the same way for three days before you notice and realize and start trying to deduce what is causing the problem.  (It was the seed.)

Eat more healthy foods!  But enjoy them responsibly.  That way, you'll be able to figure out what really makes you more healthy.

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