E21. Flawed Diet Niches / Meet Meiling Lee

E21. Flawed Diet Niches / Meet Meiling Lee


In the Q Review

A sentence I have heard regularly throughout the last 20 years is, “healthy eating is becoming so complicated”! Or something like “you health food junkies are crazy”! It was all getting to be so complicated to just reach a healthy body and mind. Quentin and I have lived the era of these extreme eating paths. So why have things seemed to go that way? This week we look at the subject from a few directions and come out with a better and more balanced understanding of food and life.

The Article in Focus!

by Steven Bratman, M.D

@ beyondveg.com

full article here

Obsession with dietary perfection can sometimes do more harm than good, says one who has been there.

Twenty years ago I was a wholehearted, impassioned advocate of healing through food. In those days I was a cook and organic farmer at a large commune in upstate New York. Today, as a physician who practices alternative medicine, I still almost always recommend dietary improvement to my patients. How could I not? A low-fat, semivegetarian diet helps prevent nearly all major illnesses, and more focused dietary interventions can dramatically improve specific health problems. But I’m no longer the true believer in nutritional medicine I used to be.

Where once I was enthusiastically evangelical, I’ve grown cautious. I can no longer console myself with the hope that one day a universal theory of eating will be discovered that can match people with the diets right for them.

For the raw-foodists we always laid out trays of sliced raw vegetables, but the macrobiotic adherents looked at these offerings with disgust. They would only eat cooked vegetables. Furthermore, they believed that only local, in-season vegetables should be eaten, which led to frequent and violent arguments about whether the commune should spend its money on lettuce in January.

Many of the most unbalanced people I have ever met are those who have devoted themselves to healthy eating.

After watching these food wars for a while, I began to fantasize about writing a cookbook for eating theorists. Each food would come complete with a citation from one system or authority claiming it to be the most divine edible ever created; a second reference, from an opposing view, would damn it as the worst pestilence one human being ever fed to another.

Finding examples wouldn’t be difficult. I could pit the rules of various food theories against each other: Spicy food is bad; cayenne peppers are health-promoting. Fasting on oranges is healthy; citrus fruits are too acidic. Milk is good only for young cows (and pasteurized milk is even worse); boiled milk is the food of the gods. Fermented foods, such as sauerkraut, are essentially rotten; fermented foods aid digestion. Sweets are bad; honey is nature’s most perfect food. Fruits are the ideal food; fruit causes candida. Vinegar is a poison; apple cider vinegar cures most illnesses. Proteins should not be combined with starches; aduki beans and brown rice should always be cooked together.

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The Balance with Meiling Lee

Today we start another path of personal learning and understanding. Quentin and I have decades of experience between us, but when you add a licensed Chinese Medical Doctor things really become interesting. TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) is not only a way that is purposely focused on “balance”, but it also has thousands of years of knowledge. This ancient way knows how to investigate a person’s unique system and body, and then give direction for how to strengthen it naturally. Let’s get to know our new mother of 3, Minnesota resident, and all around fantastic woman.