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How I View Food

Yesterday, a journalist was interviewing me and wanted to know about my eating habits.

When I proceeded to tell her all of the organic food that I keep in my fridge and that I put into my body each day, she then asked the question “What are your guilty pleasures?”

Maybe I am an anomaly but I don’t have any guilty pleasures. I simply do not view that way.

First, I view food as medicine. This means that I want to put the most nutritious food (organic food) into my body, so that my body will be as healthy as possible.

I make food selections based on what it is going to do to my physical, emotional and spiritual well-being.

Second, I eat food that tastes good. Even though I choose food based on its health quotient, this does not mean that it doesn’t taste good. I eat great tasting food every single day.

For example, the organic desserts at One Lucky Duck in New York City are as good, if not better, than any dessert anywhere.

Furthermore, I eat a good amount of raw, organic chocolate, which is amazing.

Cacao is one of the healthiest foods on the planet, and it is believed to have the highest level of antioxidants of any food. Cacao is a superfood in every respect.

Third, I don’t eat food that causes guilt. To most people, a “guilty pleasure” may be a non-organic piece of cake, candy, fried foods, french fries or something along those lines.

I eat certain kinds of organic ice cream but nothing that has refined sugar (even if it is organic) because refined sugar gets me depressed.

But I don’t eat foods that are going to make me feel badly afterwards. I used to do that but not anymore. I eat foods that are going to nourish me, make me feel energetic and keep me healthy.

Before I put food into my body, I ask myself two questions:

– Is this healthy?
– How am I going to feel after eating it?

If it is not healthy and if I am not going to feel good after eating it, I don’t eat it. Period.

So, the thought of a traditional “guilty pleasure” is not something that I can even relate to anymore.

Should all people eat like me? No.

These are my decisions, my diet works for me and is constantly evolving, and this has been a 10+ year journey of constant education as to what I should be eating.

In short, every person needs to decide what works for them and understand that what we eat truly matters.

The only thing that I would hope for is that people are choosing to eat as much organic as possible. It is unquestionably the best option for the health of a person’s body and our environment.

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Am I Being Too Rigid with My Dating?

Last week I wrote about dating a non-organic woman and the challenges that it creates. A few questions that I grapple with are these — Is my very strong desire to be with someone who eats organic eliminating many great women with whom I could have a relationship? And, is my rigidity causing more harm than good?

Over the last few years, it has become increasingly clear that health is one of my most important values. Almost everything I do revolves health and eating organic food is a huge passion of mine.

My values are what they are and they are not going to change. The only woman with whom I am going to have a successful and happy relationship is someone who shares this same value. Does this mean that she has to be as passionate or into health (organic food) as I am? No, because she may never have been exposed to this lifestyle and doesn’t know much about it. That is perfectly understandable. However, she needs to be open to this way of living and eager to embrace it.

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Was Taking Antidepressants in College The Right Decision at the Time?

This is a very complex question that my father and I discuss from time to time. He insists that it was the right decision for me to go on it and doesn’t regret it at all. He also thinks I should never have gone off antidepressants when I did in 2001.  He and my mother were adamantly against this decision.

For me, the question of whether going on antidepressants was the right decision brings up many thoughts and additional questions.

* As I talked about in my last post related to this subject, there were tremendous and disastrous repercussions for going on Prozac. There is no doubt about it.

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“I Was Told My Brain Was Broken”

In November, I put up blog entry titled The Repercussions of Going on Antidepressants, and I received a comment on this post the other day that both disturbed me and confirmed what I already knew. I thought it merited its own discussion here.

The woman who wrote the comment calls herself NoRx4Me and left the following information:

I was put on an SSRI at 24 years old during a bad marriage. I needed guidance and support, instead I was told my brain was broken.

SSRI’s led to stimulants, mood stabilizers, SNRI’s, and lithium for a short time. I was a mess. I lost 13 years. I have little memory of those years (especially sad, because I was raising two boys). I didn’t grow as a person at all. I quit dating in 2003 and never developed knew friendships either. I didn’t even realize this was odd until I was off meds.

I probably would have responded like some others on here while I was still under the influence and told you the meds were great. With a clear mind and 20/20 hindsight, I know the facts, my life was destroyed.

And they do cause physical problems; I lost a ton of hair, and my teeth are a mess. I look like I’ve aged 20 years instead of 10.

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