The Food Pyramid Story Behind Our Logo
How familiar are you with the dietary guidelines known as The Food Pyramid? We have a new take on that idea. You will see our upside down pryamid logo pop up as an icon on our website, and soon on the social media sites that we use to provide information about Whole Food Eating. These are social media sites like YouTube, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram.
Eat Whole Food Forever!
The upside down pyramid (and the acronym "EWFF!: Eat Whole Food Forever!) is our way to promote Whole Food Eating Styles. We hope to visualize how to "turn upside down" some outdated food concepts. These are the old US Government Dietary Guidelines.
The Reason For A Food Pyramid
What does all of this mean anyway? Naturally, the Food Pyramid is a well-known symbol. Incidentally, it has been changed may times. One more change won't hurt...
The Food Guide Pyramid, which was released by the USDA in 1992, was replaced on April 19, 2005, by MyPyramid. The original Food Guide Pyramid, like MyPyramid, was a widely recognized nutrition education tool that translated nutritional recommendations into the kinds and amounts of food to eat each day.
And here is more...
MyPlate replaced MyPyramid and the Food Guide Pyramid in June 2011...part of a larger communication initiative based on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans to help consumers make better food choices.
MyPlate is designed to remind Americans to eat healthfully, and is not intended to change consumer behavior alone.
However, our takeaway is that this information contains several unfounded concepts about diet and nutrition. On balance, the basic food groups are misrepresented or confusing (sometimes listed as anywhere from 4 to 11 food groups). Also, they can easily be misunderstood. Foods are in an order of importance and recommended amounts that have never been validated with proven scientific research. The research and scientific data does not pass muster. You can learn to find and read reports that confirm all medical and nutrional research has flaws known as "Confirmation Bias".
Above all, the original food pyramid is the most iconic, the most promoted, and the most remembered. Therefore, we have adopted the upside down pyramid as a constant reminder of the need to "right the wrongs". This public education program is still a widely recogized training tool (or should we say propaganda tool).
Make Necessary Changes
Even more now, it does not matter what you call it: The Food Guide Pyramid, MyPyramid, or MyPlate. There are very necessary changes to nutritional guidelines that have not been made. Likely, you will have to start to make the changes for yourself and for your own well-being. Naturally, this will take some effort on your part. It will not be hard, but it does take some research, some understanding, and being honest with yourself about what should pass as food in the 21st century.
Where to Start
First off, there is too much emphasis to consume high carbohydrate foods like Grains and Cereals. And in large amounts. Stop that Now! Next, don't eat sugar! Sugar in any form is addictive and does nothing good for your health. Just remember, high carbohydrate foods turn into sugar. Certainly, nobody needs any added sugar in any of their food.
Processed foods and junk foods are some of the worst offenders. Not to mention most restaurant food and all fast food. Yes, this list will include snack food and convenience type food most people will eat every day of their life. None of this can really be termed food anyway. So learn to live without most anything that is sold in a bag or a box.
Adding Dietary Fats
Most noteworthy, you need to add more fat to your meals. This can be in the way of natural fatty foods and good oils. Do not be afraid of fatty cuts of meat. Animal fats are the best to cook with. The good oils come from nuts and seeds. Bad oils come from factories. Coconut oil and olive oil are good. The bad oils are the so-called vegetable oils. Learn to read labels and steer clear of all trans fats. Dietary fat does not make you fat. It is a natural fuel for your body. Sugar and starch is what makes you fat and sick.
Plant Based Eating Styles
Now, if you are a vegetarian or a vegan, there are ways to get around the meat issues, and consuming other animal products. As Whole Foodists, we believe there are many ways to get the proper ratio of the necessary macronutrients. We understand the ethical issues, but also want everyone to play nice. If we become friends, we won't ask you to eat meat, but we ask everyone to respect individual eating styles. We respect your decisions, and in fact, we eat a plant based diet now and then (and enjoy it). We don't eat soy or soy products, unless they are fermented. Likewise, you should not either. We like our veggies, but grains and cereals, and most legumes are off our menu. That means all wheat, rice, corn, and most bean products. We also do not eat manufactured foods that are made to look like something else they pretend to be.
Whole Foodist Guide
Lastly, we believe that their are many Whole Food Eating styles, and probably some we have not tried. As long as it involves Whole Food, we are game. Some of the eating styles we have tried include: Paleo, Mediterranean, Keto, Atkins, LCHF, Whole30, Vegetarian, and a little Vegan. We do food and diet hacks all the time. Sometimes just a week or two. Sometines longer. We do this for our own health, but you can come along for the ride. Some things work, and other times not so good! All of what we do incorporates lower carbs, higher amounts of fat, and moderate protein. This is what works for us. We do moderate exercise, but we are not gym rats or body builders. We know what works. Our pant size is the Proof!
Special Interest In Water
We also have a special interest in good drinking water resources. We have done much research on water and have done lots of experimenting and hacks for using water to make homemade beverages. There will be many posts about our findings on water. In some ways it is even more vital and important than food.
Lastly, follow us on social media, get updates on our blog, and then read "The Whole Foodist Guide" to get started on the right track.