Tonight, I’m having a bit of a dilemma.
A healthy dilemma.
We all know that while I am certainly a health-conscious individual, I don’t claim that my eating habits are in any way perfect.
I fill my grocery basket with at least 1/2 fresh fruits and vegetables, see?
Sometimes I eat junk, and I thoroughly enjoy it while I’ve got it in my hands.
But at the end of the week, it’s always back to this:
Katie posted this cartoon/image on her post today:
It spoke to me.
There have been so many changes in the general opinion of what qualifies as a “healthy diet” over the years, sometimes I don’t know what to think anymore.
And then later today I read this article about the dangers of unfermented soy.
What’s unfermented soy, you ask?
Oh, just things like tofu, soybean oil, soymilk, soy protein, soy infant formula and edamame.
And what will these things supposedly do to your system?
Oh, just give you a wide range of diseases, deformities and make you generally less appealing to members of the opposite sex all while ensuring that you never have a single happy moment in your life.
Yes, I’m exaggerating slightly. I sound like this girl. 😉
All this information does is make me feel sort of despondent.
No, I don’t eat a ton of soy products and try to stay clear from processed foods as much as I can (they often contain soy derivatives).
I love my edamame, though.
And it grows. In nature. And it’s green!
Green is healthy!
Just ask Healthy Choice‘s marketing department!
So what are we to do with this information, especially since it seems like every time I turn around there’s a new “superfood” or “evilfood” lurking in our pantries?
Well, for starters, if you have things like TVP (ie, textured vegetable protein) and tofu in your fridge, recognize that these are in fact processed food products and try not to inhale them 7 days a week.
And according to the aforementioned article, fermented soy is perfectly fine for your health so go ahead and gorge yourself on tempeh and soy sauce.
Or don’t, because that might be kinda gross.
But the way I see it is that if you can find it in the same state in nature as it is in your fridge or freezer, it can’t be all bad.
So I’ll keep my edamame, thankyouverymuch.
Maybe I’ll just stop eating it every day.
And at some point I think we all sort of have to say “enough is enough” and stop listening to which foods are “in” and which ones are “out and just go with our guts.
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go eat my body weight in chick peas.
Clearly moderation is not one of my strong points.