December 13, 2010

Ten Steps to Eating Perfectly.

The path to starvation?

They said that fast food executives were turning fat profits by making us fat, so I stopped eating fast food.

They said that killing animals was wrong, so I became a vegetarian.

They said that fertilizer run-off from industrial farming is killing the Gulf of Mexico, the pesticides are killing honeybees, so I started only eating organic.

They said that shipped food is too carbon intensive and not as fresh, so I started eating only local, in-season food.

They said that it was wrong to punish a cow by milking it twice a day, or to steal a chicken’s eggs, so I became a vegan.

They said that the paleo diet would restore my body and make my teeth healthy, so I stopped eating anything cultivated.

They said that cooking food destroys its nutrients, so I starting eating only raw food.

They said that following a macrobiotic regimen would prevent cancer, so I followed it.

They said that I should follow a zero-waste diet, so I stopped buying anything with packaging.

And when I showed up at the farmers market in December with my reusable bag looking for local, certified-organic, vegan, unprocessed, uncooked, uncultivated, whole foods, without packaging, that would fit into my macrobiotic diet, I realized that the best thing for the planet, the animals, and my health would be to just stop eating altogether.



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Sam Sep 18, 2014 7:02pm

That is funny. The only real healthy way to eat is to just avoid all junk and processed foods. The foods with all of the chemicals in them, like all of the processed foods are really messing with our bodies. I know very healthy people who eat a lot of meat and vegetables and I know very healthy vegans who only eat grains, beans and vegetables. Whatever your body feels good eating. If you get a stomach ache, arthritis or some other health problem, do not take a pill, change your diet to what makes you feel better.

Christopher Spiewak Apr 19, 2014 5:32pm

We ALL learned what to eat, long before we learned to ask, why we eat. Bravo to her for asking why! On a planet with over 7-Billion meals per day, even the tinniest change in what we each eat can have a massive cumulative impact on the world… especially in the highly processed, wastefully packaged, genetically modified, pesticide laden, innately abhorrent factory farmed food parts of the "first world"!

Scott Apr 19, 2014 4:28pm

Such a bummer…
…you educated yourself. 🙂

You made rational decisions from the knowledge "they" provided and you realized change is hard. In your frustration, you felt the need to find company in your misery (writing this journal style blog). Looking at the thread of comments it seems your misery is shared. You have now setup a way to communicate with the masses and you have reached a small portion which is no easy feat.

Stay strong in what you believe and know that what you believe can change. Find balance in your actions so you don't feel so frustrated. CHANGE DOES NOT HAVE TO BE OVERNIGHT BUT YOUR INTENTIONS CAN. Humanity is and will always be a shifting, rotating, evolving consciousness and as it grows we will slowly open our eyes to the unintended atrocities we have committed against nature (usually from our laziness and unawareness). Hopefully we have the time and recognition to alleviate the burden of our ego. Be the light! We have too many shadows.

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Alden Wicker

Alden Wicker is a freelance journalist and founder of EcoCult.com, a blog about all things sustainable in New York City and beyond. She also writes about electronic music, personal finance, and yoga for publications such as Well + Good, Refinery29, LearnVest, Huffington Post and Narratively.