Maybe this question of "should I or shouldn't I talk about what constitutes a healthy diet?" puts us in the position of that kid in school who always had straight As.
The other kids on the classroom didn't like that guy or gal who always had completed the homework assignments, would raise his or her hand in class to answer questions posed by the teacher and would always score highest on the exams.
The "cool" kids bragged about they totally didn't study at all for the exam and might totally flunk out because watching the Simpsons was much more fun than studying.
But while the "smart kid" was often unpopular and many kids rooted for that smart kid to make a mistake or have something bad happen to him, other kids in the class wanted to be friends with that smart kid.
Why? They wanted the study habits of the smart kid to rub off on them. They thought that the smart kid could answer questions about algebra or chemistry or history that confused the heck of them. And they thought that hard work and discipline was a good attribute for a person to have, not a sign of weirdness.
So, those of us who "answer questions in class" are always going to have some people admiring us for our healthy diets and the way we push away donuts in favor of fruit. But we are also going to have those who will get angry at our example due to the implicit suggestion that they need to delay gratification beyond their next meal.
There's a ying and yang to everything, I guess.
teach kids how to think, not what to think. If schools actually taught kids how to think it would be much easier for them to figure out what a healthy diet looks like.
Dieticians and nutritionists go to school. How many of them do you think advocate Dr. McDougall's diet? If you stop and consider what's been taught as correct or good by our culture, I think McDougallers might be considered trouble makers and drop-outs.
That's okay. If the shoe fits, I'll try to wear it...as long as the heels aren't too high.
Being an A student doesn't necessarily mean you're smarter. Sometimes it just means you're willing to be manipulated, brainwashed, pay the dues, and to toe the party line. Jobs was a drop-out because he was too smart....and, yes, probably weird. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/44278117/ns ... 6lCu0ccWFE
Learning is a process. Trial and error is a component of the process. If we really want people to learn something, not just to obey commands like programmed robots, we have to stand back and be willing to let them make mistakes. We have to be willing to let them fail to meet our expectations.
When discussing diet, others may feel less threatened if we use more "I this" and "I that" than "you should." Even "you could" is better than "you should." Should can be a big turn-off. It's not the Easy Button. At least not in my experience.
Which of these is easier to swallow?:
1. You should eliminate all oil and dairy and meat and eggs and coffee and alcohol before you have a heart attack and die!
2. If you want to lose weight, improve your health, and lower risk factors for disease, you could start by eating more starch like potatoes, squash, rice, corn, pasta, oatmeal, and bread.
Which one would most people you know want to believe? But what have most been taught about nutrition? What's been drilled into their heads? What is the established school of thought? There's the rub. Additionally, every one of us could point to a "straight A student," a nutritionist or dietician, well-intentioned or not, a product of our greater culture, who could answer every nutrition question "correctly" who we also think is wrong and misleading people.
So...where am I? When advocating a starch-based diet, you can call yourself a smart kid, or you could call yourself a rebel gang leader. Maybe smart kid and rebel are actually synonymous.
How do you spell analogy? I'd like to buy a vowel, Pat.