OK…I strayed. But let he who is without sin cast the first stone. After 4 days of wonderful, healthy, satisfying, foods offered up at the Weston A. Price Foundation(WAPF) Conference in Indianapolis, including bone broths, kombuchas of all different tastes and varying degrees of bubbly-ness’s, fish eggs, fish liver oils, free-range chickens and free-range eggs (in no particular order), quail, grass-fed beef, yogurt, butter (oh, the butter!), raw cheeses, farm-made sausages, fermented vegetables…you get the idea…I thought it might be an interesting experiment to contrast and compare the results of eating one meal from an “upscale” chain of “Chinese” restaurants with the initials “P.F. Chang”. After all, isn’t it good to be bad…occasionally? Haven’t I spent years cleaning up my act and don’t I deserve the privilege of straying now and then without negative consequences? One little bitty meal. What could go wrong?
I’ll tell you what could go wrong…extreme, virtually immediate, spectacular digestive distress. I won’t go into great detail, but suffice it to say, it wasn’t pretty. So, the musing of the day is: why are we, who assiduously refrain (sometimes for incredibly extended amounts of time) from chain restaurant, fast foods with their nutritionally empty, man-made, chemically flavor-enhanced, calorie heavy, GMO, rancid vegetable oil filled and yes, morally as well as sociologically bankrupt ingredients (can an ingredient be morally and sociologically bankrupt?…I say “Yes!”)…why do we seem to be so particularly prone to paying so dearly for each indiscretion?
Perhaps the very fact that we have consciously chosen to eat healthy, un-processed, organic, locally sourced, nutrient-dense whole foods, often at great expense and inconvenience, is an indication that we have, or have had, a health issue that we are addressing, because…let’s be honest…if not for health problems, most of us would still be sleepwalking through our nutritional lives, marketed to by big business.
Perhaps we hope that healing has taken place before it actually has. But even so, why do I know plenty of people (and these are not particularly healthy or in shape folks… I’m not naming any names but you know who you are) that can eat crap and not become as violently ill shortly thereafter, as I do?
How’s this for a theory: The body, in its infinite wisdom and constant quest for balance, will always do its best to keep us upright and functioning (perhaps not optimally, but functioning) for as long as it can. If we are in a perpetual state of chronic malnourishment and toxicity with the attendant leaky gut, the body will give us signs and keep upping the ante symptom-wise, but continue on, valiantly keeping us going, but far from optimally. Conditions such as obesity, fatigue, blood sugar issues, reflux, GERD, food allergies, bloating and IBS are now pretty much looked at as the norm in our “modern” Western world. Many will ignore or cover up the symptoms with the help of allopathic medical practitioners and Big Pharma, with products such as antacids (ex. Tums) and acid-blockers (ex. Prilosec), antibiotics, steroids, and various blood-sugar-lowering chemicals. The body will hobble along for as long as possible until it can do so no longer, at which point there is a total blow-out, now featuring acute disease conditions such as all those in the autoimmune spectrum (ex. Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis, Psoriasis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, MS, etc.). Not a pretty picture.
So…now back to my original question: why can I not stray off the WAP path without dire (OK…but it FELT dire) consequences? Perhaps once the precious body is on the path to finally cleaning up its act…cleansing, detoxifying and finally healing, it objects vociferously to sliding back and lets us know…in no uncertain terms…that backsliding is a no-no.
Well, you don’t have to hit me over the head more than once…oh, may-be twice. Besides, crappy food doesn’t even taste good to me anymore. It isn’t worth the pain and back-sliding, gut-health-wise. I’m happy to stick to all the wonderful, tasty, calming and life affirming Weston A Price Foundation approved, unprocessed, nutrient dense foods. Please pass me the grass-fed butter to put on my grass-fed steak. I’m hungry!
What do you think?