I’m fighting a nasty cold today so this post will be light on the commentary.
Here is a great comic on body image and loving your body as it is.
I also liked James Hamblin’s piece over at The Atlantic on a study that compared the popular diets of the day and found that, surprise, a mostly-plants, whole-food based diet is the one that’s got the most science backing it up. An excerpt:
They compare the major diets of the day: Low carb, low fat, low glycemic, Mediterranean, mixed/balanced (DASH), Paleolithic, vegan, and elements of other diets. Despite the pervasiveness of these diets in culture and media, Katz and Meller write, “There have been no rigorous, long-term studies comparing contenders for best diet laurels using methodology that precludes bias and confounding. For many reasons, such studies are unlikely.” They conclude that no diet is clearly best, but there are common elements across eating patterns that are proven to be beneficial to health. “A diet of minimally processed foods close to nature, predominantly plants, is decisively associated with health promotion and disease prevention.”
You can read the rest here.
In the same vein, I liked Amber’s blog post on how fad diets prey on our fear of illness and death:
And of course, the next logical step in this thought process was that people who are sick have brought sickness upon themselves by eating the wrong foods. And the diets and diet ‘leaders’ reinforced this belief, this sense of superiority. I knew something the sick people didn’t, and I was safe, and it was their own fault they were sick. They should have eaten more [insert magic food here] and less [insert food villain here]. Thank goodness I knew the truth.
Here’s to a relaxing/exciting/fulfilling/productive Sunday.