Why have a blog?

We’re all asking “What should I eat?” but the most effective answer is “it depends…” While we know certain foods are healthier than others, what’s “healthy”–even beyond diet–largely depends on our own goals, situation, and many other factors which we deem important for ourselves. Further, the advice we’re fed on what’s healthy isn’t always as well-supported as the author suggests. We’ll explore how to critically evaluate health advice we see on TV, internet, etc. In doing this, we’ll develop the ability to recognize quality health guidance vs guidance that’s less reliable.

Why me?

My first 10 years of work were in restaurants. I genuinely enjoyed guiding people to a meal they ended up loving, especially when it introduced them to food they’d never had before. I also was exposed to a variety of foods via consistent menu changes. This led me to search for new foods on my own.

As I discovered more foods, I got interested in nutrition as a result of having friends in the medical community. I continued to learn about what I was eating and serving at work, and realized certain foods were “considered” ‘healthy’ or ‘unhealthy’. However, I couldn’t really explain whyIn other words, I felt pretty sure mac and cheese was an unhealthy dinner, but I felt inadequate when trying to describe what effects it had on the body. Still, I felt that too many kids were being fed these ‘unhealthy’ dinners, so I was encouraged to learn. Plus, when I have kids, they’ll depend on me for nutrition.

One ironic lesson I’ve learned is that, the more research I find, the more questions I have. Each new study seems to bring more uncertainty about commonly held beliefs. Furthermore, research is only as good as technology allows. As a result, I don’t think we can know every little physiological effect of any food, no matter how much research we do. There’s always an immeasurable, sub-atomic, long-term, etc. effect to discover, it seems. But I do think there’s enough evidence to predict good/bad effects of eating certain things (we’re fairly certain broccoli is healthy and crystal meth is unhealthy). Since we can’t be certain, we have to find as much information as possible (within reason) to make our predictions well-founded.

My first post describes how I feel about our responsibility to seek good health.