I empathise with people who are afflicted with serious food allergies. Life threatening reactions to otherwise nourishing eats! It stands to reason that unless they want to inflict bodily trauma, these allergy suffers couldn’t eat certain foods.
Gratefully, knock on wood, I don’t have any serious allergies to any foods. Wheat though, bloats me – to 2nd trimester status, but it’s not celiac disease, and not life threatening. So therefore, if I want to look slim around the middle, I shouldn’t eat wheat.
As a vegan, what’s wearing thin is being asked, “Are you allowed to eat cow’s milk, eggs, fishes, chickens, …?” I am allowed to eat anything! Yet I wouldn’t eat animals, nor their secretions. And no, I’m not on a diet either.
Yet as much as I might emphasise that I choose not to eat our fellow beings, I’m often met with a ‘yeh-right’ look of mistrust.
Okay, I do see why this is. (I was once there too, remember). We’re fed, encouraged and supported to believe, trust and place our hope in diets. Diets allow us to buy into an egocentric, quick-fix remedy rather than to re-examine what our society at-large teaches us is ‘normal, natural and necessary’.
My continuing exploration, re-thinking, un-learning, re-education is rewarding me by reclaiming a deeper, more healthful and environmentally sound way of nourishing my body.
It’s that complex, and it’s that simple.