Other Recipes to Try:
- Springtime Paleo Irish Stew and Grilled Shrimp Recipes to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day (it’s coming up on March 17!)
- Clams in Creamy Mustard Broth
- Paleo Punjabi-Style Carrot Pudding
Let’s Talk Science:
Article to check out: Was there ever really a “sugar conspiracy”? – “Our analysis illustrates how conspiratorial narratives in science can distort the past in the service of contemporary causes and obscure genuine uncertainty that surrounds aspects of research, impairing efforts to formulate good evidence-informed policies. In the absence of very strong evidence, there is a serious danger in interpreting the inevitable twists and turns of research and policy as the product of malevolent playbooks and historical derailments.”
I’m certainly no fan of the sugar industry and I am very aware of the corruption within nutrition science and policy making, but I also think that it’s important to keep a balanced approach.
We often want to find villains in the annuls of history; it makes for a good story, the bad guys vs. the good guys. But when it comes to health and nutrition, I’m not sure that that story is correct. I think that generally when we look back at the history of what happened, and try to view it within the context in which something happened (trying our best to ignore how it actually played out over time), we’ll often see that people were making the best decisions that they could at the time with the information that they had. I don’t think it’s fair to always blame the other side for malicious intent. I truly believe that for the most part people had the best intentions and interpreted the science as best they could. Sometimes that lead them to distort or misread data to support their well-intentioned, if wrong, views of how nutrition and health intersect.
The bigger issue at the moment is not to go back and try to find some sort of historical villain that led us down the path of poor health, but to figure out what we can do about things now. We have new data. We cannot continue to approach nutrition the same way. To not change our approach is to ignore new information. It means that we are not making the best decision that we can because we are not using the best information that we have.
It is a travesty that nutritional science and policy were manipulated in the past. But they are still being manipulated now – this is where our focus should lie. There is a lot of money involved in this manipulation, but there are also a lot of people who firmly believe that they are doing the right thing.
Let’s focus a little less on looking for villains and instead looking for ACTIONABLE solutions that we can use TODAY.
It’s a Lifestyle:
- Hone your Skills – Have you wanted to make zucchini noodles at home but thought that the only way to do it was to buy a spiralizer? Elana of Elana’s Pantry has a better trick for you that is half the price and takes up less space in your kitchen, how’s that for a win/win? Check out her trick – How to Make Zucchini Noodles at Home.
- Hone your Skills – Meal planning is without a doubt one of the best strategies to making sure that you eat well throughout the week. It is a way to set yourself up for success. But it often takes time and can honestly be pretty mentally draining (which is a big reason why we created Paleo U – we do the meal planning for you!) There are ways however to make meal planning work better and take less mental energy – like using templates! To learn more about this method check out Meal Blueprints: Like Meal Planning, But Better. I personally think this approach is genius.
- Food for Thought – How to Ditch Friends and Influence Weight is a really great reminder that the people we surround ourselves with can really have a profound impact on our habits and can be a wonderful source of support or a surprising contributor to our poor choices. It can be hard, but sometimes changing your life and habits does require changing who you spend time with. That doesn’t mean that you have to completely change your friends, but it might be a good idea to seek out new friend groups who share your same goals.
– Caitlin Allday, RDN