Around here we no longer eat…

… food or meat or milk or yogurt or bread or fish or burger or vegetables or peas or red pepper or tomatoes.

Here’s why:

Over Christmas Kris and I spent lots of time with Jonathan and Kari (our niece), two health freaks. Jonathan is the man lifting Kari. She’s “planking” and Jonathan — right on the beach — lifted her up. We were all clapping of course.

When we went to meals, they used words for food we are not used to. We weren’t eating burger, we were eating protein. Not “milk” in the coffee, but protein. We had a portion of (not vegetables) but carbohydrates. So, we learned food is now either carbs or protein.

Question: When I had some fish crackers as a snack before dinner, did I have protein or carbs?

Jonathan and Kari were athletes at the University of New Hampshire — Jonathan played football (got a tryout with St Louis Rams) and Kari was on the track team — and are now in the Tampa area. He coaches some football in Tarpon Springs and they both run a gym (Crossfit DPC) where they lift and stretch … all things physical. On the beach Kari and our daughter, Laura, were doing squats and burpees and just making the rest of the beach bums a bit uncomfortable.

Kris and I and Pat are about to sit down for an evening dip into some protein. How about you?


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  • Matt Blackmon

    I hope he teaches better form than that at his Crossfit Gym. #everyonesacritic

  • Pat

    I’m afraid most of us could not do that lift! Give it a try!

  • As of three weeks ago, my hubby and I put a greater emphasis on protein as well. We cut out all processed foods, grains, dairy, and cane sugar. Our focus is on a lot of leafy greens (which we get from juicing), protein, and fruit. We have never felt better! We both see a noticeable difference in our energy level.

  • Kenton

    I’ve made two dietary changes that (along with some fairly intense exercise for someone my age and sedentary occupation) have helped me lose over 30 lbs.

    -Vegetarian before 6:00 pm
    -Gluten free

  • I’ve started eliminating gluten from my diet. I didn’t have any skin allergies that I knew of, or any other allergies. But, there’s something to this subtraction that adds energy. It was suggested by a friend I try this gluten-free way, and he might be on to something. But, I’m not re-labeling my foods “protein”, or “carbs”: that’s…boring. 🙂

  • Dan Reid

    Mint, dill and cumin makes up my diet, though no more than 90 percent of what’s on hand. Despite that, I gained the usual 5 lbs over the feast days, which I will ritually shed as the days get longer and the weather warmer.

  • Nic

    While it’s important to be knowledgeable about the things we eat, I echo Michael Pollan’s critique of “nutritionism.” Nutrition science is simply not at a point yet where we can think intelligently about nutrients in the abstract. We may never be. Food may always be a holistic part of our lives, including aspects of tradition, culture and society, and never be reducible merely to protein and carbs, or even to Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.

  • Laura

    Hail to the photographer.

  • Yesterday had lunch with a great guy. The first thing he said to me was, “Well all I’ve been eating for lunch everyday is protein.” Somehow, I wasn’t sure if lunch was going to be more of the same or something different.

    Maybe my language needs to change. Maybe my diet needs to change.

  • scotmcknight

    Protein lunches for me, Jim: cottage cheese and two slices of turkey.

  • Mark Stevens

    Scot, it all sounds a bit depersonalised for me. Also, my Sports Scientist wife would take issue with the protein, carbs divide. Better to eat less, eat well and eat a little of everything she would say! 😉

  • Paul

    It’s good to know what you eat and to understand that food is made up of various nutrients, etc. That being said, we should be careful to see food only as nutrients…a carrot is not simply a bunch of nutrients thrown together in an orange shell, but rather a food that has nutrients working together in complex ways that benefit the body.

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    I echo Mark’s wife @11, and Michael Pollan.

    Nutritionism is as much driven by commercial interest, if not more, than anything else. That, and fads.

    The healthies, long-lived people on the planet have various things in common – as well as stark differences in their diets and lifestyles. That makes a really interesting study. (For the record, the are Cretans, Ikarians, Okinawans, Ossetians and some others).

  • Kenny Johnson

    I’ve lost 94 lbs in in less than a year (from 361 to 267). I’ve done that by just eating less (calories) and exercising/moving more (lots more walking). I still eat food. Even some “junk” food like Pizza, Burgers, etc. But I watch how much.

    No need to start calling my foods by nutrient short-hand. 🙂

  • Paul D.

    Looking forward to the pix of you lifting Kris like that . . .

  • Chas

    Educate yourself about nutrition. Eat more of the good stuff, less of the bad stuff, all in moderation, and move around more. Now, sit back and enjoy a better life. No charge for that.

  • Mike M

    I say don’t criticize it if you haven’t tried it. It’s never as simple as some would try to make it. Treat food like medicine: if it makes you better, eat it. If it doesn’t, avoid it. A calorie is not just a calorie. Try some simple things first and see how you feel: the less processed the better. Eat some fermented foods every day. Eat low on the glycemic index (no sugars, simple starches, high fructose corn syrup, or sweet fruits). Avoid bad fats and replace with good fats (yes, including Omega-3s). We should also avoid foods prohibited in the bible like pork and filter-feeders.

  • Mike M

    Run my suggestions by Kari & Jonathan and I’m sure they’ll agree. Now if only Angie would plank…

  • Klasie Kraalogies

    There are 2 real physical pleasures. Modern nutritionists are to eating what sex therapists are to intercourse. Could be helpful, but really, just buzz off. I’ll enjoy what we have been doing for 1000’s of years, with some input from a medical professional (ie, family doctor) when needed…..

  • Mike M

    Klasie: the problem is that we are NOT doing what we’ve been doing for 1000’s of year. Saying that our modern diet is the same as 1000 or even 100 years ago is like saying the Orgasmatron from “Sleeper” is equivalent to sex.

  • Ruth Anne shorter

    Grind your own grains if you can, eat only grass-fed beef, meat with out antibiotics, eggs from chickens who are allowed to roam, are simple things for me. Butter only from grass fed cows. Lots of green leafy vegetables, etc. In other words we are doing what our great grandparents did. We are blessed to live away from a big city, so buy these items from church friends and neighbors. The grinding wheat, corn, etc. is quick and more nutritious. We rarely eat out any more because it does not taste nearly as good. This is so much more economical for us as a family plus the taste factor. Also, check out the benefits of coconut oil. Have you ever tasted freshly baked bread made from still warm flour? The flour is not white but speckled with the brown, tan from the whole wheat. The label whole wheat on the store is Not the same thing at all as lobbyists arranged that label. A little bit of an investment for the grinder a few years back but well worth it. I could write more but you get the idea.