Chandelle over at Chicken Tender posted a must-read (here) on the judgments that get passed around the real food community.
For my part, as soon as I went Primal, I saw the similarities between vegans—especially raw—and my chosen WOE. Snacking on raw macadamia nuts, the use of coconut products, a complete lack of processed foods. Of course, the animal thing is a big obstacle, but as Chandelle points out, we’re all fighting for humane treatment of animals.
To me, if someone is vegetarian or vegan for their perceived ethical purposes, then that decision is unassailable. But if it’s for health purposes, I might suggest a more thorough review of the research. It’s amazing to me how much we accept of what’s just randomly floating around out there. I know, because I was there once. Just last night, after polishing off a rib eye steak and asparagus, I mentioned to my husband how wonderfully full I felt, instead of wallow-miserably full. In the pre-Primal days, I would have eaten a bunch of bread with it as well and you know what I would’ve blamed for the uncomfortable bloat? The steak.
Many vegans and vegetarians have as much to learn by eating real food as meat eaters on the SAD. It’s easy to eat copious amounts of soy products without understanding the risks of doing so. It’s easy to eat processed foods like fake cheese or, FFS!, Tofurkey. Just as it is for Paleos or Primals or WAPFs, eating real food takes dedication and commitment. Full disclaimer: I could do better on this front too. I rely too heavily on my local co-op for the bulk of our food.
But we can’t stop with what we think we know. From within our very own boundaries, we have to keep reading the research and adapting as necessary. And in this age of instant internet access, critical thinking is a necessary skill.
Something must be in the air about this. I have a post coming up for Thursday about the term “clean” in regards to eating, so look for that. I also previously spoke about my concerns about how ideas like Kurt Harris’s Archevore tangent are fracturing an already small and insular community (here). Thanks to Chandelle for putting so much of it together. I agree. We need to band together to fight the bigger enemy to all of us—the Industrialized Food Complex.