A few years ago I attended a lecture with Dr Barry Sears of The Zone Diet. At this time, there was a huge debate going on about which diet (Zone or Paleo) was better for you and heads were rolling. Going into this lecture, I was not sure what to expect since I have read most of Dr Sear’s works but never heard him speak. I was worried that he might try to attack Paleo. Boy was I wrong.
What happened next was one of the best lectures I have ever heard. The take away message was “how lucky do you feel.” Let me explain.
Dr Sears said that you might understand a lot about nutrition on a basic sense. Vegetables are good. Sugar is bad. Dairy might be good or bad or both. However, you can’t just look at these foods in black and white. Yes, life would be easier if we only had access to grassfed meat and fresh vegetables but we don’t. So, what Dr Sears instructed us to do when faced with food options where one was clearly better than the other was to ask ourselves “how lucky do you feel.”
For example, your family might have a history of high blood pressure. Do you feel lucky enough to have that salty bacon every morning? Or perhaps you didn’t have time for breakfast but need something to eat, are you going to reach for that Greek yogurt even if it might not be perfect for you? Or, maybe you know that legumes have anti-nutrients and inflammatory agents in them, but the only way for you to eat enough to PR is to have some beans – do you feel lucky enough about your health to include these foods?
Do you feel lucky enough to have pancakes every morning? Hopefully not. Do you feel lucky enough to have ice cream once for dessert? More than likely. This simple question made me realize that it doesn’t come down to what is good and bad. It comes down to the situation. There is no need to be overly neurotic, but at some point, you are going to have to wonder if you fired 5 shots or 6.
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