The Wild Woman’s Dilemma

What to eat? Yeah, I’m channeling Michael Pollan and pondering the idea that, because we can eat anything, should we eat everything? In my case, this is a resounding NO. Some foods give me a migraine. No uncertainty about it; there are certain things that make me more likely to get one and certain foods that every time I have them, I end up with a pounding headache by the end of the day. Other foods are shadier. Gluten, for example, doesn’t cause me immediate, acute symptoms, nor do I have any signs of nutrient deficiency due to intestinal damage. But sit me down to a multi-course Italian meal with bread/pasta at every course and I’ve been known to be clutching my aching tummy before dessert.
Which brings me to that to which I alluded yesterday: traditional foods. First of all, yeah, it takes a lot of time to only eat soaked grains and sourdough bread. Plus, all that fat is calorie-dense, and it definitely leads to weight gain (though sugar is an equal culprit) for me. I need to watch how much I’m eating. I’m of the opinion that cultures prized animal foods because they were harder to come by than plant foods. This didn’t make plants any less an integral part of everyday life and diet.

So for now, I’m trying to stick to the simple precept of “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” No, this does not mean going vegan. Or even vegetarian. Or low-fat. It just means that the bulk of my diet, by volume (not calories, necessarily), will be made up of plants. A bit of fruit in the morning with some nuts and seeds, a big salad at lunch, and a dinner that is focused around a giant pile of vegetables, cooked in quality fats, and served with a modest amount of meat.
Also, I’m lazy when it comes to driving to the farm to get beef, and we’re down to 2 or 3 lbs. of ground beef in the freezer.

What this does not mean to me: fake meats, soy, butter substitutes, too many sweets, skinless chicken breast as a main protein source.
What it does mean to me: lots of vegetables, my beloved kale, maybe a bit more fruit, occasional treats, nuts, some grains and beans, broths, small amounts of high-quality meats, lots of dairy, using ghee and coconut oil in modest, controlled amounts.
We’ll see how it goes.

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