[For several years I maintained a modest food blog on another platform. When that platform folded in April 2013, I transferred the posts to this blog. This page provides some context to that project.]
Even today, with blood sugar levels now below the “pre-diabetic” level, I’m casually told by people that I’m cured. It’s a seductive thought. What I am is a person with a radically different relationship to food. It’s a relationship that’s come from research on nutrition, critical thinking about who produces food and how we think about it, research into the history of “wholesome food,” and a fair amount of intuition.
In the weeks after my initial diagnosis, I decided to take a radical approach to attending to my health. On 10 September I quit smoking, white sugar, white flour and alcohol. While I’ll now occasionally have a social drink, I’ve not faltered on the elimination of the other three substances. In fact, by the end of 2009 I went even further and became gluten-free.
While the health benefits of these changes have been enormously positive in my life — for example I’ve dropped from about 200 to 162 lbs, have energy and stamina again, my glucose levels are balanced, and been told that my skin looks great — they’ve also significantly inhibited my social life. Eating out is nearly impossible — at least in any conventional way — and, coupled with my twenty-years of being pescetarian (a neologism of the Italian word for fish — “pesce” — and “vegetarian” meaning that I don’t eat meat, but I do eat fish), I’ve become, in the minds of some, the impossible dinner guest.
On the other hand, many of my friends quietly ask me how I balance these changes and how I’ve managed to lose weight — especially at the same time as I quit smoking. I’m well aware that there is a small and quiet food revolution occurring today, but my experience has led me to also understand the ways in which the benefits of that revolution are obscured from our daily lives. This blog is intended to share what I’ve learned, share the foods I’ve developed in my daily life, and to be an on-going site for discourse and research about food and nutrition. It’s not intended to offer answers, a cure, or any other false promises about Diabetes or any other health matter. It may provide an example of what’s possible in a person’s life, but your answers will come from your inquiry and your experience.
Let me know what you think.