At what point did food become the enemy? We all have that well-meaning friend who lends a book about all the reasons that gluten will leave lesions in the brain, pasturized milk will destroy your immune system, and meat will inevitably lead to cancer. Just as you begin to try a few vegan recipes, your friends pops by bouncing with energy, urging you to consider the Paleo diet. She has never felt so alive, she has discovered a 4th dimension to the world, and implores you to do the same. Intensity increases when you are convinced that you are poisoning your child by sending them to school with a sandwich and yogurt. The mind is torn, as you try and reconcile this with the feeling that your own Mum did you no wrong.
I like this article from Precision Nutrition, as it reminds us of how we are all physiologically different. We process food differently as individuals, but we also process food differently based on our activity, and time of life. A vibrant child will break down and utilize a carbohydrate quite differently than a sedentary adult. Saturated fat used to cook vegetables is absorbed differently than when combined with refined flour and high sugar. A tall lanky ectomorph requires different nutritional input than a petite mesomorph. There are individuals who could literally die from consuming gluten, and Olympic athletes at the peak of their fitness eating pizza.
I post this article to remind us to explore food and enjoy food. Be aware of your how your own body responds to foods. Be aware of your goals with changing your diet. Is it about body composition, energy, mental clarity, recovery from training? Keep a journal if you are making a change, and note what is changing over time. Most importantly, stop feeling guilty about food, and be confident in what seems to be a good fit for you at any given time.
Gluten Free & Diabetic Friendly
· 2 eggs
· 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
· 2 cups applesauce, unsweetened
· 1 banana, mashed
· 6 packets of Sweetleaf Stevia or 1½ teaspoons stevia powder or use ½ cup honey
· 5 cups, Old Fashioned rolled oats
· ¼ cup flaxseed meal*
· 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
· 3 teaspoon baking powder
· 1 teaspoon salt
· 2¾ cups milk
· Optional toppings: raisins, walnuts, chocolate chips