This topic has been brought to mind as I watch the special programs our PBS station is running for their pledge week.
I have counted at least four different lectures/shows about various ways in which food/diet/eating behaviors is supposed to not only be healthy but in some cases actually be considered a way to "Cure" a variety of health problems.
I am not disputing this--what I do find puzzling--and what I'd like to hear other opinions on--is whether food (as in a "healthy diet") can be considered as a kind of "medicine."
And also--when the kind of foods presented as being healthful--perhaps even curative--differ so much from one lecturer to another--how one is supposed to go about deciding what food really is best for them and their familiy.
I'd be interested in thoughts/ideas/opinions on this.
Thanks for any feedback.
Btw--one of the shows is Jillian Michaels of "Biggest Loser" fame talking about what she considers to be the most healthful diet and healthful behavior in relation to eating and food.
I don't really like her that much--just a personal opinion kind of thing--I find her energy somewhat erratic and to me disturbing in a certain way--but I know that others find her--and her books--very helpful.
Her ideas contrast/differ from the ideas of some of the other lecturers. Her idea for example that oine should NOT eat within 3 hours of going to sleep differs from that of others who say that it doesn't matter whether you eat before bed--it does matter what you eat etc.
Another lecturer says that one should cut out all wheat etc products--anything containing gluten--and drastically cut down--even try to cut out completely--the amount of dairy and dairy-related food one eats.
I am wondering what others think/feel about these contrasting ideas about what food can do to/for us.