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    Food Rules?!?!

    It seems like some folks have food rules (or choices or guidelines, if you think "rules" sounds harsh).

    I have had my share of them, and some I have been minding for years and years.

    So I don't drink soda pop. I quit drinking it when I was 23. That is one of my main rules.

    But I also don't eat desserts -- no cake or cookies or candy. This has been the case since about 2004.

    And recently I have been doing the intermittent fasting thing, which I have thus far enjoyed.

    My question is this: What are your food rules? And why do you mind them? What made you decide to include or not include something in your diet and foodways?
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    I dont drink soda. We didnt drink it as children so I never developed a taste for it.

    I attempt ethically raised and slaughtered meats, but am onlu half way there.

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    Rules serve to tempt people to break them. They are counterproductive. With kids, rules give them ideas for things they never would have thought of on Their own.

    Example -

    A friend of mine back in the 80s told a story about a birthday party he hosted for his child. He was thinking about this idea of rules being counterproductive. So he made an announcement at the start of the party that they can play and have a lot of fun, but under no circumstances should anyone spit in his flowerbeds. And then he watched and throughout the day almost every child spit in the flower bed when they thought no one was looking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tammy View Post
    Rules serve to tempt people to break them. They are counterproductive. With kids, rules give them ideas for things they never would have thought of on Their own.

    Example -

    A friend of mine back in the 80s told a story about a birthday party he hosted for his child. He was thinking about this idea of rules being counterproductive. So he made an announcement at the start of the party that they can play and have a lot of fun, but under no circumstances should anyone spit in his flowerbeds. And then he watched and throughout the day almost every child spit in the flower bed when they thought no one was looking.
    Wow! I cannot believe how you have completely and totally dispelled the idea that rules serve any individual or social purpose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tammy View Post
    Rules serve to tempt people to break them. They are counterproductive. With kids, rules give them ideas for things they never would have thought of on Their own.

    Example -

    A friend of mine back in the 80s told a story about a birthday party he hosted for his child. He was thinking about this idea of rules being counterproductive. So he made an announcement at the start of the party that they can play and have a lot of fun, but under no circumstances should anyone spit in his flowerbeds. And then he watched and throughout the day almost every child spit in the flower bed when they thought no one was looking.
    That is a really funny story, Tammy, from a parenting standpoint!

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    I like rules. Rules make things clear and easy.

    i don’t like stupid rules though

    as for food, I try to eat things that are healthy and make me feel good.

    so I am primarily vegetarian with pescatarian lapses - it does not make me feel good to eat creatures that are intelligent, endangered, or recognize their young. It does not make me feel good to eat things that have been dead for a while. It does not make me feel good to eat things that are soaked in petroleum and poison, so I try to choose, local, in season, organic, and minimally packaged when I can. My pond is full of fish. It has a limited capacity. If dh catches a fish, I eat it! - maybe 5 a year. (Raccoons, herons, and other creatures also eat my fish)

    healthwise I try to limit the refined grains, sugar, and saturated fats. I try to avoid HFC completely for both health and environmental reasons. I avoid cow dairy products for allergy reasons. Also, I think there are just too many cows.

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    No ketchup on hotdogs.

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    I think Im a libertarian at heart - but socialism appeals to me because I have a lot of empathy for people who are down and out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tammy View Post
    I think I’m a libertarian at heart - but socialism appeals to me because I have a lot of empathy for people who are down and out.
    Then you ought to support people living by their own rules.
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    I don't drink soda mostly because it causes me pain. I read ingredients and don't eat food with weird ingredients (well when going out to eat possibly, I mean there is no perfection). So most of my food isn't particularly processed anyway. I try to limit going out to eat (which is not that easy to do because of my bf). So when people talk about the sugar in processed foods I just laugh, I don't eat any of that, if I eat sugar, it's because I'm eating a sweet because I want one period - it could not be more conscious, it's not "hidden sugar". I try not to eat vegetable oil except for olive oil (the occasional coconut or palm oil I guess) because it has too much omega 6.

    I do aim for organic, ethically raised animals and organic (and local) produce when I can get it. Do aim for more sustainable seafood although I know it's all somewhat problematic. I decided to try to limit red meat to a pound a month, it's not that I think it's killing me really it's just I decided it is part of killing the world, that is it is environmentally destructive - and this is something I can do. When I do eat that small quantity it's grass fed - well yes it is. I boycott things like mexican avocados as I heard they were cutting down forests for them. I can get CA avocados maybe 5 months a year, the rest I can eat something else. I don't buy fruits that grow in this country out of season (do like me some bananas though - they don't grow here of course, but they are a real temptation - shrug).

    I do think fasting is healthy, when I can. I don't use it for weight control, if i use anything for weight control (and toning) it's weigh lifting, but I accept I'll never be ideal female image thin - and I think that's mostly what women have in mind when they worry about their weight an ideal media image of what women should aspire to (because heck my BMI is within healthy range - but I have some cellulite etc. - probably have to lose 15 pounds or something to not have any fat).
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