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Standing on a Soap Box

Hello bloggers! How are you all? I’m not sure what happened to “consistent posting” but it is what it is. Life is busy!

I originally went into this vegan thing thinking I’d give it 6 months, I’d get my cholesterol checked, and if it was helping lower my cholesterol, then that would be cool ,and I’d try to stick to a somewhat vegan diet. As it is, I’m not really sure how much its helping my cholesterol. (Last time I got it checked, my good cholesterol went up and my bad cholesterol went down, but my total cholesterol is still very high.) So I was thinking I’d maybe just go back to being a vegetarian… but now the more I think about it, the less appealing dairy seems…

Don’t get me wrong, I kind of miss pizza, I miss real cheese, I even miss yogurt (although I think soy yogurt comes decently close to regular yogurt. I’m sure there are plenty of people who would disagree with me on that, but seriously, I think it tastes almost the same!) but I’m not sure I really want to go back to eating dairy. Have any of you read Food Politics? It’s a long book, so don’t think it’s a quick read, but it’s really interesting. There was a lot of interesting information about the development of the food pyramid, and the influence that food marketers have had on the government regulated food things like the good pyramid and nutritional guidelines. It’s actually a little disturbing. I try to take all of these types of books with a grain of salt (no pun intended) because everything has a slant… but they definitely have some solid points.

The people that are giving us our food recommendations aren’t neutral parties. They aren’t even scientists or dieticians. They’re a government group made up of people from the meat & dairy industry. They receive grants and funding and other things from food marketers. These aren’t people with your best interests in mind, they’re people with the bottom line in mind. I’m not trying to say that the entire system is corrupt, but it bothers me how unaware people are of their own health and nutrition. I don’t expect everyone to spend hours researching this stuff, but I think it’s something to be aware of. When it comes to eating, who are you listening to? Your body? The people around you? The hundreds of messages we’re taking in consciously or subconsciously every day?

On a non-political note, did you ever think about milk, and why we drink it? It has a very specific purpose. And it’s clear that breast milk is the best thing you can give to your baby. But once we’re past that stage, we don’t “need” milk anymore. And what about how they’re getting that milk? A cow only produces milk when it’s pregnant (like any other mammal) but do you think the milk we’re drinking comes from cows that are naturally pregnant? Of course not, that would be too expensive, and they’re wouldn’t be enough prego cows in the world to make enough milk for the amount of dairy products we’re consuming. So what’s the solution? Let’s inject cows with hormones and chemicals so they keep producing milk. Is it natural? No. Is it cheap? Yep.

Why is this ok? Why are we ok with settling? Because it’s cheap? Because it’s convenient? Is no one looking at the end effects? It’s no coincidence that people are being diagnosed with diabetes and heart disease at alarming rates. With all of the advances in health care, our life expectancy makes it look like it’s not so bad… but why are we spending all of our time and money treating a disease that could have been prevented from the beginning?

I’m not sure if I’ll start eating dairy again. I’m not sure I want to. I want to know what I’m eating, and I’m just not sure what I’m getting with dairy.

Disclaimer: those are my thoughts, and nothing more. I’m not a scientist, a dietician, or anything more than a blogger who is stuck on an airplane with nothing but a laptop and too many thoughts to keep in her head. That said, it doesn’t bother me what other people want to eat. You want some bacon? Go for it, but I think I’ll pass…

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