I Eat Gluten, Animals, and Sugar

I’m going to make a bold and brave statement. I eat gluten, animals, sugar, and a whole bunch of stuff I can neither pronounce nor spell. I eat all of that stuff and I like it!
Am I worried about my health?

No, I’m not worried about my health, but I’m conscious of taking care of my health.

Do I think I should be worried considering the foods I eat?

No, I don’t need to worry anymore than anybody who’s enjoyed good health for 61 years.

Shouldn’t I worry about my health?

No! Worrying about your health is bad for your health.

Shouldn’t I change my food choices to get rid of all that bad stuff I eat?

No! That bad stuff tastes good and it’s my opinion that if we think we can stop eating bad stuff and live longer, we are substituting quality of life for longevity. It’s my opinion that there are no guarantees in life and that eating a restrictive diet to achieve optimal health is as much of a crap shoot as, well, a crap shoot!

Okay, so maybe I’m taking risks with my life, but what about the planet? Shouldn’t I eat with a conscience? Shouldn’t I care about the planet even if I play fast and loose with my own health? Isn’t the responsible thing to do is to eschew eating animals and live on plants?
I happen to be a supporter of PETA – People Eating Tasty Animals!

I don’t eat a lot of animals, in fact, the foundation of my diet is plant-based and it’s not unusual for me to go one or more days without eating so much as a bite of an animal. I don’t think my dietary habits are putting the planet in danger.

I eat foods with gluten. I eat foods with sugar. Holy crap! I even eat foods with both sugar and gluten! I’m tired of people judging me for my food choices or worse, lecturing me starting with the words, “do you know what that’s doing to your body?”

I eat some of this!

I eat some of this!

Actually, I don’t know, annoying person, and neither do you!  I know you got your sources and your faith in them is unshakable, but I’ll remain skeptical of their claims that strike me as exaggerated! (Like insisting that feeding sugary cereal to kids is as deadly dangerous as shooting heroin directly into their veins! How can anybody take a doctor seriously who goes on record saying that?)

I’m going to continue to loosely monitor my calories and nutrients. I think, wait, no, I know I feel better when I weigh less. I’m going to continue to strive to eat 5-9 servings of fruits and vegetables a day because I believe that nature packs them full of antioxidants that fight cell damage caused by a variety of sources.

and I eat a lot of this!

and I eat a lot of this!

I’m going to continue to stay active and to move more and sit less.

I’m going to continue to find ways to reduce stress and I’m sure not going to go looking for stress by worrying if eating the food I enjoy might kill me. The one thing I know for sure is no matter what I eat, sooner or later my time will be up and I want to enjoy all the time I have coming to me!”

I eat gluten, animals, and sugar and I have no plans to give any of them up!
Jackie Conn

About Jackie Conn

Jackie Conn is married and has four grown daughters and four grandchildren. She is a Weight Watchers success story. She's a weight loss expert with 25 years of experience guiding women and men to their weight-related goals. Her articles on weight management have been published in health, family and women's magazines. She has been a regular guest on Channel 5 WABI news, FOX network morning program Good Day Maine and 207 on WCSH.