Did everybody in the house read the Robb Wolf site post...?
As happens from time to time, I started to leave a comment, and broke off short because I prefer to get long-winded on my own blog instead of being tedious on someone else's. :-) So here I go:
I watch what I eat MOST of the time, so I can eat whatever I want SOME of the time. With an aging and intolerant body, I would feel absolutely horrible if I always ate what I ate on my recent vacation. How would that enrich my life? No, i want to feel as good as I can, as much as I can. That means I have to eat ONLY what promotes my personal well-being ... most of the time.
There are forces out there which want to label this behavior as disordered. I believe that THEY are the deranged ones. If I know that excess consumption of nightshades, for example, disturbs my digestion, where is the virtue in stubbornly gorging on these foods, when there are so many things I like better?
Then if, with tongue firmly lodged in cheek, I choose to describe foods as "evil" which tend to make me feel bad if eaten too often, it's more a verbal shortcut than an actual perception. Food isn't evil. Eating food isn't evil. Hyperbole can be amusing.
But really, why does anybody CARE what another person prefers to eat, whose health is not particularly dear to them? There's something really disturbing about the preoccupation we see, far too often, with personal habits of STRANGERS!
Amy's article makes a good point -- obliquely -- that if one is going to "cheat" one is a perfect idiot not to enjoy it. Her imaginary subject wasn't tempted by the devil; wasn't tied up and MADE to consume that fictional slice of bread; had no pressing reason, in fact, not to indulge himself if he felt like it. He was an imaginary moron, more interested in labels than real life.
Had he been diabetic or celiac, it would have been different. He wasn't even like me -- I suffer predictably when a certain threshold of intake is crossed. He has nothing but a self-chosen philosophy standing between himself and something he had a desire to do. His perspective is warped, or he has so little to think about that he's thinking about TRIPE.