Like many people I know, though I enjoy food, both eating it and cooking it, I’ve never given it a LOT of thought. I knew what I liked, I vaguely understood that there were healthy and unhealthy foods available, and thinking about it pretty much stopped there.
Once you’ve experienced a heart attack, food takes on a more technical and detailed face. I’m currently in the process of adjusting myself to eat between 5 and 6 small meals a day in order to stimulate my metabolism and gradually reduce my “steady-state” weight.
I recognize that I’ve only begun to scratch the surface of the complexity of the relationship between health and diet and I’m torn in hundreds of different directions about what details I should be focusing on. Still, when all is said and done, it invariably boils down to the simple question: What will I eat today?
Apparently, what I’ve been doing lately has been working, in that I’ve officially lost five pounds in the past month, but I still don’t have a sense that I’ve “mastered” this critical health issue.
Butter vs. margarine? Vegetables cooked or raw? Meat or fish? Dairy or soy? I don’t have the answers yet, but, as always, the first step is to start asking the right questions.
These musings were inspired by an email from the Heart and Stroke Foundation, particularly the article at http://www.heartandstroke.com/site/apps/nlnet/content2.aspx?c=ikIQLcMWJtE&b=4869055&ct=8657323.