Keto Curious
September 20, 2017
VIP Day October 2017
September 20, 2017

The Only Thing Bad is Bad Itself

Are nightshades bad? What about butter? Is coconut oil good for you? Is raw food good?

Let’s imagine that we’re talking about shoes. Are snowmobile boots bad? What about flip-flops? Are sneakers good?

Once you ask it this way it becomes obvious that no shoes are good or bad, it is all contextual. I live in the Sonoran Desert. Snowmobile boots are not bad, but it would be a poor use of my closet space if I owned 10 pairs of them.

I could more easily justify multiple pairs of sandals than I could multiple pairs of winter boots.

I think the only bad thing is the idea about natural foods being good or bad.

Imagine that we can only own the shoes that are on display in our closet and that we have a limited amount of space.

It would make the most sense to focus your shoe inventory on those you wear the most. (Hopefully my wife doesn’t see this)

Maybe several pairs for work, several that are casual, a few dressy shoes, a few pairs for exercise and maybe just a couple for unusual situations.

The problem with good and bad thinking is that we could end up with a closet full of dress shoes and have nothing to wear for hiking.

In terms of food, we used to think fat was bad and we should never eat any. Now we know it isn’t bad so we assume it is good and we can never get too much.

Saturated fat, like from butter, is not bad like we used to think. If it makes up 5-10% of your calories, it’s harmless. It is also not good. If it makes up somewhere over 15% of your diet, it can raise the risk for heart disease and cancer.

I’d even go so far as to say that leafy greens are not ‘good.’ If it made up 97% of your diet, you’d waste away. Clearly, they are not ‘bad.’ If you never ate them, you’d be low on nutrients.

When it comes to natural foods, they are neither evil devils nor magic saviors.

Just some “food” for thought.

To your best health,
Dr. C