The healthiest thing in the world, in my opinion, is to eat 100% Raw Vegan. Leaving out tofu, and any of the soy based fake meats or fake products. I’m not a fan of fake at all. If it’s not real, don’t eat it. I do not, however, think it’s neccessary to be 100% raw, 100% of the time.
The world is full of flavors, tastes, cultures, and foods that should be enjoyed (seriously, it’s a crime to skip on a well mixed Manhattan just because the cherries are canned marachinos.). So what I recommend is moderation and awareness. For example, what I do is to write on my calendar when I eat a meal that’s not 100% healthy. Then I wait a few days to eat unhealthy again. That way, I keep my unhealthy meals down to 1-2 times a week. Even those meals, though, I try to keep them as healthy as possible. Which means, I may eat a barbeque chicken sandwich, but I will use organic, hormone free, humanely raised meat, and I try to make the sauce myself. On the occasions when I am out with friends at a restaurant, or at a party where someone else cooks, I take it in stride. I make a point to limit the amount of times I eat out, but when I do, I enjoy myself and I eat what I want off the menu without guilt. I’ll die of something one day, that’s certain, and I am not missing out on beignets at Cafe Du Monde or a real frenchman’s creme brulee just because they may not be organic and contain some chemicals.
So I guess I’m a “mostly-vegan”? Vegan is healthiest, but food to me, is fabulous when you do it right. Excellent ingredients, cooked just right, and it’s amazing. I don’t see the point in missing out unless you have moral prohibitions against the eating of meat, in which case, by all means, be vegan all the time–you’ll be the healthiest one in the room! I have no such problems with eating meat. I have problems with the meat industry, and I limit my meat consumption for that reason, but we’ll discuss that later.
When raising children, at least with mine, I make sure 95% of what goes into his system is either vegan, organic, or unprocessed, and as often as possible, all three. To me, “unprocessed” does not mean “raw”. It’s ok to cook it. This way, when he goes to his grandmother’s house early one morning when I’m headed to a meeting, I can pack him breakfast and trust that the lunch he’ll eat at my moms (not always healthy), is going to be fine because his body is flooded with so much good stuff at other times in his life, that his own system will have no problems kicking out the bad stuff.
I reserve the right to change my mind as we go along this health journey, but to me realities exist like: If you go to France, you should at least try traditional French foods. I’m southern, so when you visit friends, we were raised to eat what we’re served in someone else’s home. (I do fudge this one, because there are some “never” foods I have, like soft drinks and fake cheese (Kraft, anyone?))
Basically, life’s too short to eat bad/fake food. It’s also too short to skip amazing meals just because they contain meat. I would love to hear your (nice and respectful) thoughts on this issue.
Jamie Oliver’s approach to things really resonates with me. You can check out his work here.
p.s. vacations are free days. Do what you like, then come back and do a 3-day juice fast. That approach is likely rough on your system but you know, you have to live.
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