The Ideal Diet
Hi, Peter Strous is my name and you have reached my research into what
the ideal diet for us is from a health perspective. We all know that we
are omnivores but all that means is that we can get our energy from both plants and animals. But what is the healthiest for us is or could be different. You may wish to see it this way: At the basic level there is only 3 types of foods:
The latter being a mixure of bits and pieces of the other two. If we
accept that Processed Foods have lost quality along the way and are
less healthy for us, that leaves us with the questions:
- Animal Based Food
- Plant Based Food
- Processed Food
What is the most healthy? 50% plants + 50% animals? 10% plants + 90%
animals? 90% plants + 10% animals? What ratio is the most healthy?
How will we measure this? Should we be guided by:
Well as far as taste goes, some of us like smoking and alcohol and all
of us like sugar, fats and salt. Taste does not look like a good guide
for our research.
- What everybody else does?
- What makes us feel good?
- What the industry tells us?
- What the govenment tells us?
Tradition is not a scientific way of measuring because we might have
been doing things wrong for generations. It would be a subjective
Should we be guided by what everybody else does? Again that is not
necessarily a good idea especially since most people die from heart
attacks and cancer. That might be what we like to get away from! Again
this is not a scientific way of measuring what is the ideal for us as
everybody else could be on the wrong track. Neither Tradition nor "what
everybody else does" would measure directly health outcomes and leave
us wide open to preconceived ideas.
Should we eat by what makes us feel good? Well coffee makes us buzz and
some like that, alcohol relaxes and others like that, heroine makes
people feel good.... That is obviously also out. Should we simply eat what the industry wants us to eat? Well they do not really have our health in mind, do they? They exist for primarily for the shareholders.
Should we eat what the govenment tells us we should be eating?
Well the political parties often get their election funds from the
industry and hence there could be bias in the government's policies.
Emotions and food are very strongly connected. Our survival depends on
it! This makes it easy by us being misled by wishful thinking!
So how do we measure the health effects of a particular diet......?
In science we need to measure and observe. What can we measure and
observe around diets that make them stand out? Well that is really the
same as why we would want to research in the first place.
A healthy diet we can expect to contribute towards happiness, energy, clarity and decision making.
- Mental Health Performance
- Physical Health Performance
- Low Disease Rates
We can look at individuals and populations doing well and we can look
at individuals and populations either improving health or degrading
health while changing their diets.
Click here for a bit of a starter page on the next step...
best of health!