One thing I never do is write a blog based on one single post by another blogger, especially if I really have little to nothing to add except: WORD.
I’ll make an exception for Sean Croxton of Underground Wellness. Here’s the link.
Well, I think I’m going through a phase that all health bloggers go through at some point or another. It’s the point at which we ask ourselves just what the heck else can we say about food that we haven’t said before. And how do we continue the discussion without losing the average Joes and Janes who just want to eat/live well and without attracting the neurotic orthorectics who turn food into a religion?
Yep. Search my blog for vitamin D, cancer, vitamin K2, inflammation, PUFA, saturated fat, cholesterol and its con, or just about anything you like. It’s all there. What’s left to say? And for the record, I was not blogging these topics as some health or fitness expert — and I see that description of me far too often out there for my comfort — but as some guy who took matters into his own hands, heart and mind and goddammit, changed his own life pretty much on his own.
My blog posts on all those topics and more simply represented my extensive note taking as I was learning myself. But I suppose that’s the best sort of education. Back when I had sufficient hours under my belt flying hang gliders and the local shop wanted me to take the necessary clinics to begin instructing newbies, Pat, the proprietor of 30 years said to me: "if you want to learn, teach." So I think that adequately describes what I’ve tried to do here for a number of years.
Continuing with Sean.
I read the comments after I post my YouTube videos. A lot of them have to do with viewers being so fed up with the health game that people don’t know what the hell to eat anymore.
Meat is bad. But wait, meat is good. But wait again, I read Inflammation Nation last week and the author says that egg yolks and meat are high in arachidonic acid and cause inflammation. But wait just one more time, because I interviewed Mark Sisson yesterday and he said meat and egg yolks are good.
Wasn’t sugar bad for us last week? Well, today we have the Ray Peat crowd who say it’s good for us and that if we don’t have enough of it we’ll fry our adrenal glands and slow down our thyroids.
Low-carb is good. No, wait! Low-carb is bad!
Sheesh. When is enough enough?
Well, I shouldn’t steal any more of Sean’s thunder because there’s more there. OK, one little sentence:
Eat real food. Listen to your body. Live a great life. And do what works for you.
I should point out the the essential point Sean is making is something that has been bugging me more and more, to the point where I felt I’d written half that post myself. I often get the feeling that my funnest times blogging were back in the day where I was one of only a handful, really, of the "Paleo" persuasion (there were lots of L/C blogs, but the communities had yet to cozy up). I had maybe a 10th of the readership. Now I have lots more and in many ways it’s not as much fun. I get this nagging sense that "going mainstream" is going to be an increasing pain in the ass, and I say that fully recognizing I have in my own comments in the past argued against the exact position I lean towards now.
Well, for better or worse, I guess. I just have to continually figure out how to keep making it fun for me in a changing climate, as I’ve always done.
To wrap it up, I think my friend Dr. Kurt Harris has been having some thoughts of his own. If you have not already, read his introduction to the new concept of "Paleo 2.0." Moreover, he has changed the name of his blog from PaNu to Archevore. Click here to go read why.