Hi, everyone.

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.



14 thoughts on “No-carb-no-fat-no-fake-no-fun

  1. I want more popcorn and beeeeeerrrrr…

    And that is why soy weirds me out a little. You can make it pretty much anything you want and consume it at every meal. People forget this sort of oversteps the “everything in moderation” rule…

  2. There are so many studies that all say different things. All that crap makes eating way harder than it used to be. The way I see it, if its real, and not processed, its probably fine. But the soy thing, that freaks me out. I can’t decide how I feel about it.

  3. Every time I roast chickpeas, the pan disappears. I swear it isn’t me eating it.

    I had to give up soy along with gluten and dairy a year and half ago. If you think gluten is in everything…soy is SO much worse.

    I agree though. Enough is enough.

    • Isn’t it crazy how you don’t realize what kind of additives are in food until you can’t have them anymore? Who knew.

  4. You are so(y) wise. 🙂

    I completely agree. It seems like every day a new study comes out that makes the old way of thinking obsolete. Going with our gut seems like the best course of action – after all, isn’t how we feel after we eat probably the best determining factor in whether or not we should be eating it? Maybe I’m crazy!

    I love Hyperbole and a Half.

  5. It always comes back to the “everything in moderation” which everyone in the US seems to have forgotten exists. I shouldn’t eat soy because I have thyroid problems, but to be perfectly honest with you, tofu maybe once every two weeks isn’t going to kill me. I don’t eat any other soy products, so I’m pretty sure I’m going to be fine. There is always going to be someone out there trying to tell us to eat/not eat something!

  6. I love edamame. I only eat it a few times a month, but I ain’t givin’ it up! I’m not a huge TVP or tofu person, but I eat it on occasion. Tempeh frightens me.

  7. I would like to see a study done on people who eat moderate amounts of soy. Saaayy… once a week like I do (usually in the form of protein waffles made with soy powder). I’m not convinced the results would be the same. If I looked close enough, I’m sure I’d see no food is safe 😉

  8. I had to laugh at that drawing, because it’s so very true! I have come to realize that someone somewhere is going to find something wrong with everything at one point in time. Moderation is key!

  9. Totally agreed. Just eat as closely to natural source as possible, and diversify. The more varied your diet the better you’ll be, I think. Thanks for sharing the soy info, I really didn’t realize it held all of those health risks!

  10. Seriously, they will have to pry the edamame out of my cold dead fingers!!! How can they NOT be good for you? Stupid science ruins everything.

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