When I first started my journey to a healthier me in 2007, I dutifully followed the guidelines for nutrition provided by the USDA. Then I began to read article after article about how lobbying groups were influencing those guidelines. So I stopped, and went in search of other guidelines to follow. I found the American Dietetic Association’s guidelines. And once again I followed them dutifully for awhile. Then I began participating in the 101 Days of Blogging hosted by Sarah and read day 30.
“The American Dietetic Association is sponsored by processed-food corporations and staffed by former food-company execs. Their pro-processed-food advice is often colored by that, and their calorie-counting obsessions are profoundly counterproductive.”
As soon as I read those words, I wanted to stop following all of their guidelines and find someone else’s guidelines. Then it hit me, no set of guidelines are perfect – they are all flawed and I have to find what works best for me. That means reading thru the reports, the recommendations, the guidelines with a critical eye and questioning mind. Then I test out the guidelines, see how my body responds, and move forward from that point. Now when friends/family ask me what “diet” they should follow to get health, I tell them the diet that your body responds to.
What are your opinions on the various food guidelines available? Do you follow a diet?