OK, yea, that first post went off the rails quite a bit. I had intended a bit of an intro, and it quickly turned into a rant and I just went with it. At one point, I was just streaming consciousness to such an extent that I didn't do manual saves as I usually do; and after about 30 minutes...blank, and no WP auto-saves I could find. That pissed me off even more. Luckily, a few tricks later, I was able to recover what I'd written.
What I wished to convey was a short bit about how "health" or "healthy" is so often used metaphorically (at best), to loaded, just-so assertions (at worst). Like: hearthealthywholegrains or healthylowcarblifestyle. On the political side—which was the purpose of the intro that turned into full-on rant—it's healthyeconomy, healthyjobmarket, healthystockmarket. And the list goes on.
It's all bullshit. It's all manipulative. It's all designed to get you to think: oh, this is healthy!!! (now, turn off brain and don't think).
The simple fact is that you don't really know how healthy or unhealthy anything is, excepting outright poison, fire, drowning, falling from heights, tangling with a bear or African cat. You can know that certain things are sustaining: drinking water, eating real food. But can you say with certainty how much different indulging in neolithic foodstuffs 50% of the time, or 5% of the time, makes a huge difference? And if so, how much? And how does it weigh on your overall sense of well being? ...Hell, there are still tons of people out there asserting that the minuscule amounts of n-6 PUFA you get from CAFO beef is unhealthy because it's a bad ratio with n-3.
Here's all you can do: Make Reasonable and Educated Guesses. Then CHOOSE.
You can pay attention to how you feel, and other makers of a "healthy" body. By and large, if you feel bad all the time no matter what you eat or drink, something is amiss and you may not be optimally healthy—whatever that means.
So how about a different paradigm? Here's my modest proposal: view everything as a choice on a spectrum from bad to better to better and better.
To return to what was going to be my intro, democracy and socialism (there's no important distinction) is better than totalitarian dictatorship. I think anarchy of the mind is a better choice still. Pretend and act as though you don't need all the handouts, tax incentives, deductions, entitlements, "rights," and so on, doled out by means of forcing others to pay for all that rot on your behalf.
...Being pathetic is surely not "healthy." ...I'm just guessing.
You're going to indulge yourself, because you live in a world of plenty and evolution prepared you for a life of scarcity. A-priori. It's all around you everywhere and it's enticing and very few will want to resist. Moreover, that desire changes with age. Being ripped is certainly a 20-something value (I was 20-something; I know: pussy). But having a bit of flab at 50...but a shaper, more tuned, critical, educated, and experienced mind as a tradeoff? I don't begrudge those who want to have both and some will, but is that a "health" debate, or a debate of preference and tradeoffs, where "health" is just a diversion and talking point?
I get criticized all the time for maintaining 15-20 pounds of excess fat at nearly 52 (after losing 60 pounds of it). But I sit and write a lot. I drink too much (helps the writing). Liquid calories fuck up fat loss in that 10-20 pound range. I know this. But it's also a tradeoff. Am I "unhealthy?" I doubt it. I also know I make better eating choices than about 95% out there, perhaps more.
Everyone needs to relax. This is about good, better, better to better choices (there is no "best"). But it's pretty easy to know that "this is better than that." Go with better, most situations. And this works over the entire spectrum. No matter what menu you see before you, you don't have to go: "there's nothing Paleo." You can go: "I'm hungry, I really would like to eat, this looks like the better choice."
I'll leave you with a better indulgence, all yooz who crave a grain indulgence now and then. How about start with a classic substrate—a French baguette, made with plain white refined flower and water, basically—but as all French know, the water and the minerals in the water make the baguette.
So there you go folks. Philosophy, practicality, and a bit of better choices.