The perfect diet pyramid

I’ve been reading one of the most refreshing blogs lately, the blog of M.R. stringer.
margaretrosestringer.com
(I don’t know why, but when I copy a link to someone’s blog it never seems to create a hyper link, so you may need to do a google search. I’m sure you’ll enjoy her refreshing, no bullshit way of writing as much as I do.)

If you want a laugh with an old lady who calls a spade a spade in the most direct possible way, you’ll enjoy some of Margaret’s writings. Currently M.R. is facing a dilemma. It appears she’s happily been living a vegetarian life style, eating lots of beans and lentils, with her one reported side effect being that these protein sources cause ‘lots of farting’, (M.R. definitely says it as it is). Only it seems there has been another undesirable possible side effect. Diabetes may be looming. I gather a high fat, low carb diet (I think Keto) has been recommended.

A few decades ago the in vogue radical diet of the day was Pritikin – do you remember that one. Virtually no fats at all, low protein and lots of high fibrous carbs (lots of farting I’m sure with that diet). I knew a dedicated follower of the diet at the time. He was slim and gaunt looking with dry, saggy skin. He didn’t look healthy at all. That diet went out of vogue, but a similar, slightly moderated version, the Aitkins diet, seems to have hung around. Some think it was these high carb diets that caused the high prevalence of the muffin top figure to emerge. You know the figure type, a waist the same size as ones hips, only soft with a tendency to spill over one’s waistband.

The Pritikin pyramid

The latest radical diet doing the rounds is the Keto diet. Exactly the opposite of Pritikin – high fat, high protein, and almost no carbs. The mind boggles – how could all of those dietitians and experts have got it so wrong!

Eggs were good for us for centuries, then cholesterol become the buzz word (still is). Eggs became taboo, then only egg yolks became taboo, it seems we could eat the whites, now we can eat whole eggs again. What was that all about! Liver, prawns, nuts, butter, dripping and lard all went by the wayside along with the eggs. Now seemingly, if we start consuming all those taboo foods, and in big quantities we’re going to be on the road to living a long and healthy life.

We’ve seen the Israeli diet, the grapefruit diet, the 5/2 and the 18/6 fasting diets, the CSIRO diet, the Mediterranean diet, and countless other diets come, and mostly go. The Mediterranean diet seems to have stuck around a while and seems to be one that most experts seem to agree is a healthy way of eating. I’ve looked at the Mediterranean diet, and I think another name for it is just a ‘good sense diet’, good honest food that will lend itself to any cuisine you desire to cook. A bit of everything, lots of veges, fruits, whole grains and healthy fats, a good quantity of seafood and fish, and some meat, dairy, and eggs. Why does that have to be given a name as if it’s a prescription.

The Mediterranean diet pyramid

I wonder what the populace of Central Africa would think of their diet selective, western counterparts, not much I suspect!

I don’t think there’s an end in sight to the comings and goings of these so called healthy eating plans in our affluent western world My thoughts are that those of us with expanding waistlines, and diseases such as type two diabetes that accompany the oversized girth (definitely me included, not the diabetes, but certainly the expanding girth) are merely victims of living a lifetime in a part of the world that offers plenty. I’m not sure if there’s been a generation before this current generation that hasn’t seen food shortages, I think we may be the first. We’re so used to having an abundance of food that when the possibility of shortages loomed earlier this year, what did we choose to buy – toilet paper! That’s how sure we are in our sub-conscious minds that an abundance of food will always be there for us. I’m sure the only thing that will stop the food fads and the bazaar elimination of whole food groups from our diets is for the western world to be hit by a famine, or another Great Depression. With the havoc this damned virus is wreaking in the northern hemisphere that may not be as far away as we think. Me thinks it’s time to stock the pantry with some more cans of beans and packets of lentils. There may be a time in the not to distance future when the fat around our girth, and the beans and lentils that we ‘doomsday preppers’ hoarded away are the only things that stand between starvation and survival.

To conclude I’m going to refer to something else I read recently. You can choose how long you want to live (no guarantees), or you can choose how you want to live. For me, I love my food, all of it. I eat a completely balanced diet. equal quantities of healthy, Mediterranean type foods, and on the other side of the scales, cakes, and pastries, and all the other bad for me crap that tastes wonderful. I figure without any unforeseen misfortunes intervening I’m likely to be around till I’m around 80. If I’m still around after that I’ll likely be a decrepit, doddering old git. At this point in my life I’m thinking 80 will do me. Whether I get to 79 and start to think, ‘I want more – could have, would have, should have done better’. Well that remains to be seen, but definitely for now I choose to live life on my terms, eating the foods I love. Food is one of life’s great pleasures, and Im going to enjoy it without guilt, all of it.

PS – I’m still not happy with the inconsistencies of WordPress – the photos above were put in, in exactly the same way, yet one is narrow and slim, the other two full sized. But I am enjoying the freedom of not trying to fit my own blog into a particular theme, and the freedom of just writing about whatever inspires me to write. I’m loving being able to create a diary of me, and for me, my thoughts and my life, without consideration as to whether or not my writings are pleasing to people following along.

19 thoughts on “The perfect diet pyramid

  1. You seem to have touched a raw nerve with some bloggers here, Chris. I think the word diet is also problem. It is a lifestyle of food, not just temporary changes. I tend to follow the adage,”everything in moderation,” unless one is allergic, of course. I have to avoid excess dairy due to a protein intolerance, so have low fat milk, but agree fat gives flavour and low fat products are often loaded with sugar. I reduce high salicylate foods as it causes tinnitus and eczema but this is highly personal, as are each of our reactions to foods and meds. I think you should follow your gut feeling with what is right for you, (excuse the pun).

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    1. Food is always a topic close to people’s hearts. So any discussion on the right or wrong food to eat will always be controversial. The point I was trying to make is with a stoke of a pen, what’s right today, is wrong tomorrow. Whatever new food fad that rises to the surface will always be supported by health experts, and in some cases, science – until the next expert comes up with a new fad, and debunks the old fad. I wonder what the people in Central Africa would think if someone told them a particular food group was bad for their health.

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      1. I couldn’t agree more, Chris. Fads come snd go. I never took much notice of diets, nor that eggs were bad, nor that avoiding cholesterol would help to lower your cholesterol. There was too much anecdotal evidence contradicting these claims. I think there is far too many variables in the human body.

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      2. Exactly Amanda. I haven’t learnt the moderation thing very well, hence the expanding girth. If it bothers me enough, one day I’ll do something about it. But for now I’m busy doing other things.

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      3. I am no fan of Ricky Gervais but he made a good point in saying,” what is the good of living a long life if the last 10 years are spent in a nursing home?” So he eats pizza and beer as often and as much as he likes and is seemingly content with a shorter life span. My father in law had the biggest girth, ate biscuits and cakes every day for morning and afternoon tea and lived til he was 93. No dieting there.

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      4. No matter how well you look after yourself there are no guarantees. One of our friends lives a very healthy lifestyle. He’s very fit, and eats a really good diet. He’s only 65 and has recently been diagnosed with an aggressive cancer.

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      5. No doubt. There are genetic and environmental factors at play too. I guess that means so folks throw caution to the wind and go nuts. I find that if I eat too extravagantly or have too much gourmet food, I tend to lose my appetite. A good thing I suppose as it stops me from overindulging for too long.

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  2. She might: but she might also feel like Chris does, no ? Still, perhaps if one realizes there might be a problem, one will be less gaily carefree .. I like your passion.

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  3. I blush. I don’t really, but I thought I should pretend .. 😉
    “cholesterol become the buzz word (still is)” – can’t agree, Chris: I wish I knew how to include a screen grab in a Comment, for it would tell you all you need to know, via one book – “The Big Fat Surprise”. I believe I was nagging Amanda about it not so long ago, for it strips bare just how the western world became embroiled in the totally incorrect thesis that cholesterol is to be avoided at all costs. Thus fat. Thus the whole low fat movement.
    And we have suffered because of it. Forget about cholesterol – it’s a complete furphy. 🙂
    And now, for your delectation, here is a link –

    which I am going to implement on my own blog, and you may care to consider doing it ..

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    1. I don’t agree with all the Hooha over cholesterol, because I absolutely don’t. And don’t get me started on statins, the most lucrative drug on the planet. I wouldn’t touch it with a barge pole. And still Doctors keep pushing it. I absolutely know we need fats in our diet, but apart from needing them, they just make food taste so good. My friend from years ago who faithfully followed the no fat Pritikin diet looked like an old man long before his time. He definitely wasn’t healthy for it. My only big food hate is corn syrup, and using soya beans as fillers in food. I read a book called, Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, a few years ago. After reading it I researched corn syrup and soya bean fillers. It provided food for thought for sure.

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      1. And I shan’t be adding the image-enabler to my blog, nor you to yours: WordPress wants MORE blood to allow that, and they’ve bled me dry already.

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  4. Well I do think I understand how you feel when you say this “ definitely for now I choose to live life on my terms, eating the foods I love”
    But the truth is that some foods “pull” from
    Health and also impair immune function
    So if the way you are eating is making you thrive – then do what you do –
    But so many folks do not realize the gut and intestinal connection to health – if they did – they would not eat certain foods –
    I do think also that different blood types do better with different foods
    – but the truth is we are conditioned to it in certain ways / from the old food pyramid and from folks who want to sell certain. Food items and keep people on prescription drugs

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    1. I think you missed my point. The point I was trying to make is that I know a lot of the foods I eat do pull from health, and do impair my immune system. I choose to still eat those foods without any guilt. I think it’s only because we live in a part of the world that has an abundance that we try to create a forced sense of deprivation by eliminating certain food groups. It’s a bit like the wearing of a hair shirt. Why do we do it! Of course, I do understand that some people will make their choices aimed at longevity, and they won’t feel deprived doing what the experts of the day tell them to do. I’m just to much of an hedonist to be one of them.

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      1. Hi – thanks for the reply – and I got your point – at least I think so – and I love the way you shared the different food pyramids (although I disagree that cholesterol is still a buzz word)
        But I guess my point was that in my opinion good choices are not about longevity anymore –
        Food choices are connected to auto immune disorders and quality of life right now – and people are never told about the food connection – and it pains me that people with cancer are never told about the connection between fungal infections and cancer – and how it is an immune system failure to get it –
        Or how someone with lupus needs to clean their gut and rebuild immunity and not tear the external skin (it is internal)
        -/
        I hate the word “keto” and it has gotten so misused in the last few years
        And it really is about what you use for fuel – people who burn carbs all the time have to refuel more often – people who eat more meats and good fats and oils can fast easy and go longer because they are “fat burners”

        And sorry if I did miss your points – it was such a well Written post and you had good flow – it is just such a loaded topic and I guess I am
        Mad at the corrupted food and ignorance –
        And recently saw a woman (who has some energy issues and arthritis) and she can’t have night shades, can’t have nuts, can’t have coffee – but yet she ate three snickerdoodle cookies and that was ok – but if she knew that her immune system was arrested with the sugar – she might have opted for food that gives life

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