Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Fad Diet Drinking Game

This article made me giggle because it's so very, very true. I get quite sick of fad diets' being advertised absolutely everywhere you look. The idea of turning the diet section into a drinking game (not that I have ever played a drinking game--I haven't) just tickles me.

I know that every day a new nutritional headline comes out, but in the end, the core advice really hasn't changed much in the past few decades. Eat fruits and vegetables, avoid added sugars, limit red meat...I have a long way to go, but at least intellectually I know what is healthy. I don't need a celebrity with a $500 blender to convince me that everything I know about food is wrong and that I should be (I hate this word) detoxing or somesuch. I just need to actually follow through with what I know to be sensible. I suspect the same is true for many people.


  1. Hear! Hear!

    I was wondering if you would comment on the relationship between chronic illness and depression. I have a neighbor with a bunch of chronic health problems (endocrine system went haywire), and I've heard other people diagnose it as 'mostly depression.' It seems to me that chronic illness could certainly cause depression, but I don't believe it is the underlying problem. But what do I know? I majored in humanities?

    1. I'd make two observations: 1) It is depressing to be sick all of the time. 2) Depression can exacerbate underlying chronic illnesses. That being said, there's a tendency to diagnose that which we don't understand as "all in his/her head" or "just depression," both of which statements make me reach for the cutlery. Yes, depression can make illnesses worse. And yes, being ill can be depressing. But that doesn't mean that there isn't an underlying illness present as well.