Addicted To Variety, Pt. I

Uh-oh, major 3-part rant on the way. Brace yourself. You have been warned.

I have been consulting individuals and groups on the nutritional requirements for health for years, and I can say with no hesitation that upon hearing about the various guidelines for proper nutrition, the one that seems to concern people the most is the smaller universe of foods from which they will choose.

Unsure what this image has to do with the post; I just like it

Unsure what this image has to do with the post; I just like it

The reality is that you have just been given you the keys to vitality, quality of life, longevity, the prevention of disease, and whole host of other priceless gifts, and the first response is lamenting about not being able to eat whatever you want whenever you want it? Exactly how spoiled and self-destructive of a species are we?

I want to insert quickly here that this is not universal; many, many people who have heard this message simply get out of their chairs, leave the room, and do exactly what they have learned with no complaint and absolute compliance. The change in the lives of these people is always profound. Ninety days later they are visibly altered and obviously more alive in every discernible way. That is the reality of the reward available to anyone.

Then there are those that immediately seek a loophole, or find a way to discredit this part of the plan. And this group will very often play the obvious “variety” card. The less-informed on nutrition will usually protest loudly about their lack of “choice”, and fears of “deprivation”. The more informed will express their belief that certain necessary nutritional components can only (they believe) be obtained from (conveniently) their favorite foods.

Both positions are a ruse; something they have convinced themselves of in an effort to hang on to the foods they have some connection to other than nutrition. This is the nature of all addictions, whether it be physical, emotional, or the equally powerful but less scrutinized version known simply as “habit”.

It is also true that many who care enough to even listen to intelligent concepts about diet don’t really believe that this new information will change them much, and therefore they’re not willing to make any but the most convenient sacrifices for it. They may accept the potential for a little weight loss and some other cosmetic benefits, and they probably consider the feel-good value of addressing at least the most obvious lifestyle issue, but they have long¬†since given up on the notion that they can actually affect their long-, or even short-, term quality of life. We all know that the cosmetic changes (I include weight-loss in that category) are not that important to them or they would have never allowed those to slip in the first place. Or…

[end of part 1. check back soon for part 2]

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