The Mystery of the Modern Day Diet.

I hate the turn of phrase “back on the wagon.” I’ve been making more of an effort lately to plan my meals better as well as find ways to get moving. But when people say “So you’re back on the wagon,” it’s almost like what they really want to say is “I wonder how long this one will last.”

And its especially irritating when you never really fell off the wagon. You just sat near the back for a bit, where nobody would notice you eating a cookie or drinking a can of coke.

But I guess that’s where I am. It was approximately one year ago that I began meal prepping and it’s been a pretty steady habit ever since. But of course, during the fall and especially towards the holidays, it becomes less of a priority.

What never gets old, however, is the sheer amount of confusing information out there. One of the best articles I’ve ever read pointed that out quite humorously and I cite it often. For those interested, it’s called the Terrible Tragedy of the Healthy Eater. Read it. You’ll understand.

In all seriousness, how are we supposed to know what to eat when everything out there is shrouded in opinion posing as fact, and facts hidden so well that you need a masters in biochemistry to understand it? Red meat causes cancer. Diet soda makes you fat. Non-organic vegetables are poison. Bananas may as well be chocolate. And bread? don’t even start.

Exhibit A. Diet Pepsi.

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I LOVE diet pepsi. I can’t even explain why, but it’s delicious. And you’d think that because it’s zero calories, it would be OK in a low-calorie diet. I have been trying to limit my intake, because I should be drinking more water, but what about the occasional can of DP?

In a quick Google search, I grabbed the first two articles.

This was the first. This was the second.

Ms Michaels says “Diet soda is BAD BAD BAD. It’s poisonous. It causes cancer in rats (my theory is 2083 cans of ANYTHING in a day would cause cancer…).  It tells your body to eat sugar!” and then proceeds to dose it with some holy water while reciting scripture.

WebMD says “Meh. It’s not that bad. And that study with the rats, it was never meant to gain that type of attention.”

And in the end, I still don’t know if I can drink a Diet Pepsi.

I firmly believe that this confusion is a contributing factor to poor nutrition and health issues, because people get SO frustrated trying to figure out what they should and should not eat that they say “screw it” grab a burger and their Diet Pepsi, and forget they even had the ambition to figure it out. Healthy living needs to be easier to understand if we want to see significant changes in our populations physical and mental health.

So from here, I’ll just keep doing what I’m doing, while sifting through the amount of lies on the internet and trying to figure out the core of it all. I’ll probably have a diet Pepsi or two while I do it. But I guess the important part is I’m continuing to try.

 

 

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