When growing up I remember all tomatoes were red, all lettuce was iceberg, Oscar Meyer bologna was king, and white bread, enriched with vitamins and minerals, was good for you. Then in the 80’s, we started hearing about cholesterol, both high and low-density lipoproteins, saturated, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fats, (no, trans-fat wasn’t in the public consciousness yet!) and carbohydrates. There were other buzzwords circulating at that time, but I won’t belabor my point….too much. If you all remember, carbs were king and feeling the “burn” while you exercised was the only way to go.
I’ve used the title “Sleeper“, a great Woody Allen movie, because the nutrition information seemed to jive with what is happening today. The main character is, without his consent or knowledge, put in cryogenic sleep because something went wrong during a routine surgery he was having, and wakes up to a dystopian world 200 years in the future. He is awakened to find cream pies, cigars and cigarettes are considered to be healthful. In one scene, Woody is panicking because he’s been told the reason why he was thawed (you have to see the movie!) and one of the doctors who was responsible for bringing him out of the freeze, lights a cigarette and hands it to him, telling him to take the smoke deep into his lungs. Hahaha!
My point? Eat what YOU want, exercise in a way that makes YOU feel good and get all the sleep YOU need. Just be certain to maintain a weight and state of health that makes YOU feel good. You’ll know you’ve hit the spot if you aren’t prescribed a crapload of maintenance drugs to stay alive because you’re overweight and don’t exercise. Oh, wait – that sounds like me.
Excuse me, I think I’ll go make myself a bologna sandwich on white bread…