Religious beliefs vs science

Science

When I started my journey I believed, like many people; the food pyramid or the plate model was the way to go. I believed that I really needed to up my healthy grains, fruit, and greens and lower my intake of meat and fat. I did in fact, the opposite and felt so much better, not only did all my menopausal symptoms go away I also felt stronger and I got a lot more energy as well as some pounds being lost.

Where is the evidence?

In my quest for knowledge; why did my “opposite eating” give such great results I learned some shocking things.  I was convinced that the health advice we had been given was firmly based on science and science alone, but it turned out that is just not the case. Personally, I could not find any science to back up the dietary guidelines but then again, I am no expert I thought. Perhaps I was looking in the wrong places. But really, if there is such consensus, wouldn’t you think it would be quite easy to find the evidence behind? Not so.

Religion vs Science

But it turns out I am not the only one looking, among others Dr. Gary Fettke has done a lot of looking into this: Wouldn’t you be as surprised and horrified A I was to learn that the world’s dietary guidelines are based not on science but on beliefs, and even worse; religious beliefs? I didn’t even think to look in that direction, it is just all too crazy, isn’t it? But it’s not surprising there is so little scientific evidence to be found.

I am all for personal choices and freedom of religion but when it comes to health authorities’ advice on what to eat to stay healthy I want them to only, I repeat: only base their advice on science because my body is science, not a belief.

If you are interested to know more, grab a coffee and watch this video with Dr. Gary Fettke. Dr. Fettke is an orthopedic surgeon in Australia who is also a cancer survivor. He looked into the nutritional aspect of his own health troubles as well as those of his patients. He advised them to stop eating sugar and was taken to court to refrain him from doing so. Some more about him here. 

In his video, he speaks about what is the reason you can hardly mention red meat without getting strange looks. It is well worth its time.

Instant gratification vs longterm wins

Instant gratification makes changes hard

Another celebrity died recently at the age of 69 which sparked my thoughts on aging again. Sadly I don’t know of the musician’s work, and I can’t remember his name, but if I were to follow in his footsteps, I only have another 19 years on this earth. Way too little! But I understand it is not entirely up to me when that day comes. My impact is more important now but why do I require instant gratification?

Lifestyle changes don’t come easy

Another question also arises; why is it so difficult to make lifestyle changes? I’ve recently started an Instagram account, and by following others, it is very clear that people are trying hard to break out of old patterns. Why is that difficult? We all know what is needed to be done and on paper, it doesn’t look too bad, does it?

But it is hard, really hard. More people in the US is overweight or obese than ever before. And I bet most of those people wish they weren’t. Perhaps, it has something to do with instant gratification; it is more gratifying to eat a piece of chocolate right now than not eat it to not put on a few grams of weight sometime in the future.  And if you then couple that with emotional, irrational decision making then you have a recipe for disaster.

Rational people make irrational decisions

Most people, I guess, to live with themselves, believe they are strong, rational, smart, above average human beings. If not, how do they face themselves in the bathroom mirror in the morning? You need to like what you see, or you will have a hard time living with yourself. You have to like yourself even when you make poor choices, and one way is to convince yourself that this was a one off and you will do better next time. And as such you know how to “just take one piece,” “I only eat this, but tomorrow I will eat less,” “I’ll be a couch potato today, but tomorrow the story will look different.”  But of course, it never does.

We don’t do this just when it comes to our health; we do it in all situations. “Tomorrow I’ll be more assertive,” “Next time, I’ll make the first move and talk to the cute guy,” “This was the last time I tolerated someone speaking to me like that” and so on, and so on. Change is hard in so many ways. Even when no one else is involved but yourself.

I love a good night’s sleep

Personally, I found my symptoms of menopause something of a blessing. Because they are so digital, I find it a lot easier to stick to my chosen way of eating than I probably would have otherwise. I am reminded instantly should I stray from the right path. If I have carbs, I will have a hellish night burning up. It is as simple as that, and therefore it is also quite simple (not a 100% but easier) to stick the course. The night falls so close to dinner that it is almost instant hell if I eat the wrong stuff, and without I sleep like a baby. Then the choice is easy.