Nutrition Absolutes (an oxymoron)

Ever notice how consistent and unanimous nutrition advice is? Over years of bicycling and eating, we’ve heard it all. Here, then, are the recommendations we’ve gathered…

Eat carbohydrates. Lots of carbs. That’s what endurance athletes need.

Your body recycles protein, so you hardly need to eat any.

No fat, no sugar.

Coffee is bad for you.

Eggs are bad for you.

You need protein. Protein builds muscles.

But not dairy. No dairy.

You’re over 40. Give the carbs a rest… especially grains.

Low-carb, high-fat.

Eggs are good for you.

Coffee is good for you.

Go vegetarian. Which apparently includes such “plants” as, um, fish.

Go vegan. (Or, as I call it, the “sensory deprivation” diet)

And if you combine these theories and sift out all their no-nos, you end up consuming nothing but collard greens, carrots, and distilled water.

Unless you’re taking warfarin. Then, no collard greens for you.

Well, I certainly hope this clears up allllll your nutrition questions!

Carrot stick, anyone?

Thanks for reading!
Tailwinds,
Jan

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5 Responses to Nutrition Absolutes (an oxymoron)

  1. Jeannine Johnson says:

    So eat what you want? It will soon be good for you!
    Mom

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  3. Steve Miller says:

    I just read your Faux-tatoes post. I’ve been reluctant to comment on your food journey, given this post. I don’t want to be just one more voice that conflicts with everyone else. Maybe I’ll just give some notes as to what I have found on my food journey the last decade or so.

    First, my body is different than my wife’s. That’s obvious, right? But has anyone stopped to consider that her body’s food needs might just be a little different than mine because of the difference? She says she needs protein. I’ve found I don’t need it so much, even though I’m bigger and exercise more.

    Speaking of protein and a balanced diet, the USDA (I think) redid their study, and they left their food pyramid the same. In the meantime, I read somewhere that the European equivalent of the USDA says we need half the protein the Americans generally say we do. Maybe one studied my wife and one studied me.

    I have discovered what my body likes: brown rice and lots of fresh stir-fry veggies. I have found a variety of ways to cook them for lunch. I do bananas or oatmeal or potatoes for breakfast. The rest is in moderation. I have found a variety of ways to get protein without meat–brown rice has protein–and eat very small portions of meat when it is served. I know when I have had too much sugar when I start to drag physically. My body also tends to not like any packaged food; that shouldn’t be a surprise.

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    • You make a good point, Steve. Maybe the reason so many theories exist is that every one is best… for some people, not for everyone. But yes, lots of veggies… yummmmm, plus they do make me feel good.

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