One of my nieces got married over Memorial Day weekend in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. It was a wonderful gathering and blending of families and friends and food. There were two group events. On Saturday, instead of the traditional rehearsal dinner, the entire wedding guest list was treated to a professional baseball game in a separate party area out in right field. The next day, the same hundred people went to a beautiful old ballroom downtown for the vows and a party.
Both occasions called for food. And both times, the bride and groom were considerate and mindful of their guests’ requirements and preferences. There was always a way to be satisfied and well fed, whether you were a carnivore, vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, dairy free, drinker or non-drinker.
And I think that’s how it should be. I did not come to that realization easily or lightly. The research I have done over the past few years has convinced me that humans should not be consuming gluten. And I will have to be literally starving to death before I eat wheat and grains again. By the way, that is how humans started eating wheat and grains – out of desperation. I get my ideas from doctors like William Davis (Wheat Belly), David Perlmutter (Grain Brain), and Tom O’Bryan (The Autoimmune Fix).
However, there are other views. I eat meat. But only grass fed, without antibiotics, and locally produced. I am lucky to live in an area where that’s pretty affordable. There are some prominent people who don’t believe that eating meat is good for people or the planet. Authors with this view go all the way back to Frances Moore Lappe and her book “Diet for a Small Planet,” which was first published in 1971. I read it not long after that, tried the vegetarian diet for a year, and got pretty weak and sick. So it’s not for me. The current leaders of this movement include John Robbins who has been advocating the same view since “Diet for a New America” in 1987, and many others. Wikipedia says that various forms of vegetarianism have been around since since the 7th Century BC.
Wikipedia also tells us that “Discovery of Stone Age jugs suggest that intentionally fermented beverages existed at least as early as the Neolithic period (cir. 10,000 BC).” Apparently that debate has been in progress ever since. Alcohol has been both a source of pleasure and peril to people in my family, and probably in your family as well.
One other current dietary view is that we humans were designed to operate best when we consume lots of good, natural fats like olive oil and avocados. Next up on my personal reading list is Dr. Mark Hyman’s “Eat Fat, Get Thin.” He isn’t a big fan of grains, but does include some, along with a diet of 70-80% good fats.
So how about you? What do you eat? Why do you eat what you eat? Have you ever given much thought to what you eat? What do you believe about your food? Post a reply in the comments. I think it will be interesting.