I would like to discuss nutrition and diet and learn how people here eat.
I have a particular interest in Low Carb and Traditional Diets. I have come to believe that the standard "Healthy" Western Diet based on low fat, avoidance of meat and fear of high cholesterol levels has ruined our health and is the real cause of obesity, heart disease and other modern ailments like diabetes. I have taken to eating a diet as recommended by the Weston Price foundation and in such books as The Paleo Diet.
Dr. Price did his work in the early 20th century. He was a Dentist who traveled the world and studied how primitive peoples ate. He discovered that people eating a Traditional Diet were far healthier than "Modern People" in terms of being cancer free, diabetes free, with good strong physical constitutions and straight teeth. He learned that even after just one generation of eating a Western type diet that the children of these people lost those health advantages.
You can read more at www.westonaprice.org
"The Paleo Diet" by Dr.Loren Cordain is based on the theory that people ate a certain type of "Human Diet" for 2.5 million years. This diet mainly consits of meat, eggs, fruit, nuts and vegetables. Agriculture then introduced a mere 10,000 years ago an unnatural diet of grains, beans and potatoes which are all fairly toxic until cooked.
Here is a really cute youtube that explains the Paleo Diet:
During a recent company meeting I noticed one of the younger male colleagues looking quite painfully thin with that papery skin one sees on corpses and drug addicts nearing the end. He was always a normal healthy weight for an office guy.
After the meeting I asked him if he'd lost weight and he said he and his wife are doing the Paleo diet.
Some of the staples of my diet: hard tack (whole rye) or cooked cereal with cinnamon and molasses, homemade kefir mixed with pomegranate juice, sardines, occasional shellfish on fast days, goat cheese, occasional jarlsburg, seasonal local fruit, a banana a day on weekdays, one cup of coffee a day, herbal tea, and today MARMALADE with elderflower extract on hard tack due to Mor's thread.
I don't have time, energy, money to prepare elaborate meals, so I keep it simple and functional. I don't like to spend a lot of time thinking about food either.
Kefir helps balance gut flora, which scientists are saying increases serotonin in the brain, which in turn affects mood and brain function. Even some paleo advocates recommend it.
Carbs also affect serotonin, so some people can get very depressed by not eating a balanced diet. One person I know who doesn't eat carbs is fashionably thin, but has to take Prozac.
Hard tack (rye) has a low glycemic index and is usually the whole grain, not refined.
I ate a small bit of beef (prime rib maybe) a year ago at the company Christmas party, and it was disgustingly fatty. I still feel mildly nauseous thinking about it. Feedlot finished beef is horrible, and everything else cost way too much.
My health is very good now, better than it has been for years, glory to God, once I got away from the doctors and their recommendations (US medicine=pills).