I don’t mean weight loss diets. I’m talking about the way we eat. There are many diets out there: Paleo, Vegan, Vegetarian, Ketogenic, etc. Every devotee of their respective diets get pretty evangelical about the benefits and virtues of these diets (guilty as charged!), and tries to recruit others to “See the light.” Some (I don’t do this) even look down at others not eating the way they do and diet-shame them. “Eww! You eat MEAT!?!? That’s SO BAD FOR YOU!”
I have adopted the Paleo Lifestyle, and while I think it’s right for me and possibly could be right for you, I won’t preach it unless you want to hear it. Well, except for this blog, because it’s my mouthpiece, and I figure if you don’t want to read it, you’ll click elsewhere. But beside that, I never tell people about my diet unless they ask. And even then, I start with a very short blurb about it unless people want to go deeper with it.
I recently encountered someone who was a vegetarian and they admonished me for being Paleo because it was “Bad for you, bad for animals, and bad for the environment.” I didn’t feel like arguing with them because everyone I know who is Paleo tries to take our environment and the treatment of animals into consideration. Sherry and I prefer organic and free-range food that is free of antibiotics and hormones. We prefer that any meat we eat has been ethically treated or wild-caught. Are we able to conform to this 100% of the time? No, but we try, and we do when possible.
I don’t really care what you do, what you’re eating, how you’re eating, etc. That’s your business. If you ask me about my diet, I will tell you. If you want to go in-depth about it, I will. I refuse to go into debates on the different diets, though. I honestly just want people to eat in a way that allows them to be healthy and is conducive to being fit and living longer. If you can do that and you’re happy with your method, then more power to you!
I will say that the cabbage soup diet and any of these single-food weight loss diets are the only diets I will openly look down on and speak out about. They are stupid, have no basis in science, and fail miserably. Every person I know who has done any of these “Diets” has failed and packed on more weight afterward than they began with. They are all horrible and dumb.
All the others? Rock on. Do what you do. As long as it’s making you healthy, helping you lose weight, and aiding your journey in getting fit, then I’m all for it.