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If Only I Could Find the Perfect Miracle Diet

Whenever I see an interesting or controvertial health article in a newspaper or magazine, I cut it out to write about at a later date.  Today, I reached into the filing cabinet and pulled out a little opinion piece from a local paper in October of 2007. 

Reflecting on the search for the 'perfect diet'

The title of the article was:  Health Myth of the Month: "If only I could find the perfect miracle diet, I could keep the weight off."

Initially, the article makes some good points.  The author acknowledges that all those fad diets we see today aren't the answer to our search for amazing health.  She writes:

"The key to dieting is to redefine the word... if we thought of diet in the traditional sense, as simply a way of eating on a daily basis, then we would be met with more success."

That's true.  Eating a healthy diet is certainly more than grabbing a few less-junky items during your trip to the grocer, or adding some trendy new supplement to your usual routine.  It means living a healthy lifestyle.  For most people, this means tossing aside their old ways and starting anew with a fresh outlook.

However, the author falls short of drawing the right conclusion, writing:

"Sorry folks.  I know many people wish this were true, that the perfect diet exists, ...it just hasn't been thought up yet."

Nobody needs to invent the perfect diet

This really is backwards reasoning.  Nobody needs to "think up" the perfect diet because it already exists.  This shouldn't surprise you, and it cetainly isn't a coincedence.  The human body is beautifully suited to eat the foods that have always been naturally abundant in our environments.  Fresh, raw fruits and vegetables.  

Merchandisers will try to convince you otherwise...

There isn't a lot of money in marketing the idea of eating this way.  Food producers make a lot more profit on processed, packaged food-products, so that's where all their marketing efforts go.  But following the trail of money doesn't benefit you.  It's only good for them.  Sadly, this sort of rhetoric is typical in the health industry today.  I'm not saying that the author was trying to pitch a sale to her readers.  She wasn't.  But that's my point.  The marketing of the food manufacturers has permeated society so deeply that even those who are skeptical of them can't seem to find their way out. 

...but our bodies are already perfectly adapted to thrive on whole, fresh fruits and vegetables

Somewhere along the line, people lost track of a basic principle about food.  It's already here.  We don't need to discover or invent it.  Don't get caught up in all the hype about finding a magical superfood, supplement, or any other health product that you simply "must" buy in order to experience great health. Finding out what's good for you shouldn't be a challenge.  The only reason it seems so tough is because, whether we notice it or not, we've accepted the idea that healthy food needs to be engineered.  The truth is, it doesn't.  Fresh fruits and vegetables are already out there.  The trick is to stop running away from them. 


Mike Dillman has lived a raw-vegan diet since 2004. Because he's experienced the learning curve firsthand, he wants to save you from making the same mistakes yourself. You can visit Mike's blog at Real-World-Raw.com to learn how easy it can be to make a raw-vegan diet fit your busy lifestyle. You can also download his free eBook, "The 7 Biggest Raw Mistakes", where Mike lays out the major missteps beginning raw foodists make that undermine their success and tells you how you can avoid them. To get your free eBook click here.

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