Saturday, February 20, 2010

Food Rules

Not only does food RULE, but everyone has different food rules for themselves. Some people will have dairy, some not; some will have real fruit juice, others will not; some will have 10 chips with guacamole and not consider it having grains, some will not. So what do YOU do and what are YOUR rules? Do you have rice with sushi? Do you have sugary drinks like Vitamin Water? Do you drink alcohol? If you observe the Catholic season of Lent, are you giving anything up? Post thoughts to comments.


  1. my rules are so complicated and insane, your head would explode. on the other hand, i've become very good at subbing one thing for another and it's kind of fun after a while.

    so: no meat except for fish and eggs, and i try to do free range vegetarian eggs when possible. no dairy. no booze, no caffeine, no cane sugar. gluten free. avoid nightshades, certain fruits and several spices.

  2. I've just started the elimination diet for a few weeks, under Dr. Kim Jackson's care, to find out if I have any food allergies/sensitivities. No dairy, no eggs, no wheat products (including anything with gluten), no sugar/honey, no alcohol, no peanuts, no soy, no pork, beef, shellfish, no chocolate, etc. In spite of all the 'no's, it hasn't been bad - though I'm only at day 3 ;)

  3. Since September I started actively embracing no sugar and no grains in my diet - with the exception of alcohol. We've started to try to incorporate better sources of meat, eggs, and dairy as well - think pastured and farm raised instead of industrially produced.

    Since we're Catholic, for Lent Tim and I are trying the Whole 9's Whole 30 Program. We're offically starting this Monday (the 22nd), here is the short list of 'rules':
    1.Eat real food – meat*, eggs, vegetables, nuts, seeds, fruit, oils (like EVOO or coconut). Eat foods with very few ingredients, all pronounceable ingredients, or better yet, no ingredients listed at all because they’re fresh and natural.
    2.Do not eat dairy. This includes butter, cheese (hard and soft), yogurt (even Greek) and milk (including cream in your coffee**).
    3.Do not eat grains. This includes bread, rice, pasta, corn (I count corn as a grain), oatmeal, and all of those gluten-free pseudo-grains. That’s not real food, right?
    4.Do not eat legumes. This includes beans of all kinds, lentils, and peanuts. (No peanut butter, kids.)
    5.Do not eat sugars*** of any kind, real or artificial. No maple syrup, honey, agave nectar, Splenda, Truvia, Stevia, etc.
    6.Do not eat processed foods. This includes protein shakes, processed bars (like Zone bars), dairy-free creamers, etc.
    7.Do not drink alcohol, in any form.
    If anyone else is interested in trying the challenge, here is the link to the program

  4. interesting stuff!

    I wouldn't say I'm strict paleo or even primal. Basic things: no soda or sugary drinks, just water, raw milk, and coffee. I also stay away from grains and sugar and most packaged food. During the week I will have egg muffins or no breakfast, but usually coffee. Lunch is packed, usually chili, stew, or salad with meat. Snack is jerky, nuts, berries. Dinners vary, but similar meat/veggie combo. Fish oil if I remember, 4-5g EPA/DHA. I'm not going to lie though, I have been known to throw down a "doughnut sandwich" aka 3 Dunkin Donut doughnuts stacked together. And if I'm out to eat, I will have a drink and dessert. I definitely notice a shift away from lean body mass when I have grains and/or sugar.

  5. After I first started eating Paleo (back in October) I tried to be fairly strict, and as a result learned that I am lactose intolerant.

    Up until recently I felt I could cheat a bit on having grains, but now I seem to be having more reactions to them, so I'm afraid that I'm gluten intolerent... Time to go back to strict and figure out what's up. There is a lot to be said for experimenting with your food, and your food rules, you can learn a lot about your body.

    I definitely added that Pollan book to my reading list -- I already have 2 other books of his on there.


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