A Timeline of My Life As An Eater in the USA

 
 

1960s

A little baby girl (me!) is born in Washington, D.C.  Around this time, scientists working with the sugar industry on health research are downplaying the dangers of sugar and putting much of the blame on fat. This isn't discovered until nearly 50 years later.  (See 2010s, below.) But these research findings support the concept that low to no fat is healthiest, and that we should eat more carbohydrates in our diet.

Today, the average woman is as large as the average man was in 1960, according to this Washington Post article from 2015. And 7 out of 10 of us are overweight or obese, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Diabetes is skyrocketing.

1970s

My mother warns me to limit my egg consumption to four eggs a week. She teaches me how to bake bread. I become the Florida 4-H state champion in yeast breads, and learn to love my whole grains.  The first McDonald's comes to my hometown. We are very excited. Butter is no longer used in our house. We use margarine now.

Meanwhile,  I stop drinking any sodas, because of my swim coach's requirements. I rarely ever have another soda again. It's been at least 25 years since I've had one.

1980s

My diet has by now become low fat. I rarely eat eggs, red meat or cheese. I eat lots of vegetables, plant proteins and plenty of grains.  Food is a little bland in this low fat world. But I feel healthy, because I'm following the health recommendations of recognized experts.

1990s

In 1991, the United States Department of Agriculture hires the public relations agency Porter Novelli in Washington, D.C. to create the pyramid graphic, which becomes the symbol for the nation's nutritional guidelines for many years. I pride myself on eating this way.  (Ironically, I work years later for Porter Novelli's public relations office in Los Angeles.) 

I move to the German Alps, where I am introduced to a strong focus on cooking from scratch and using local ingredients. Mountain trout, anyone?

2000s

The new century rings in a greater love of vegetables. I become a Master Gardener in California and Idaho, teaching people how to grow their own organic food in different climates.  I travel nationwide from Boston to Seattle to speak about growing veggies, and I write articles in national magazines about this topic.  I start a blog called SeasonalWisdom.com about gardening and food. My backyard is filled with homegrown produce for me and my friends. It still is!

 
 
Incredible Edibles panel discussion at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show in Seattle (starting left) with  Graham Kerr , "The Galloping Gourmet," Joe Lamp'l of PBS-TV show " Growing A Greener World " and book authors  Lorene Edwards Forkner  and  Willi Galloway .

Incredible Edibles panel discussion at the Northwest Flower & Garden Show in Seattle (starting left) with Graham Kerr, "The Galloping Gourmet," Joe Lamp'l of PBS-TV show "Growing A Greener World" and book authors Lorene Edwards Forkner and Willi Galloway.

 

2010s

Moving to Idaho brings me closer to excellent quality pasture-raised livestock, including local lamb, elk and heritage pork.  My knowledge about animal protein starts to grow, similar to my knowledge of vegetable gardening. When I move back to California, I'm hired as assistant editor (working with Rose Hayden-Smith, Ph.D) for the University of California's UC Food Observer.  I'm paid to monitor news about the food industry, from food history and culture to labor and farming issues. 

During that time, UC San Francisco's SugarScience team helped break the international story that the sugar industry had played a big role in blurring science back in the 1960s.  Fat wasn't bad, after all.  Some is essential. It's the sugar we need to watch.

Meanwhile, it was my job to write about the value of legumes, ancient grains and livestock production for the general public. However, around that time, I learn my own blood sugar is very high, despite eating the nutritional pyramid religiously and avoiding soda and sweets for decades. I'm also gaining weight.

My certified nutritionist recommends I stop eating grains, legumes and most starchy vegetables. Immediately, my daily glucose readings start to stabilize.  I start losing weight right away. Meanwhile, I continue to read tweets daily from national health organizations and registered dietitians promoting low fat diets with plenty of legumes and whole grains for people with diabetes type 2.

Is it any wonder people are confused?

These experiences within the food industry and my own personal, documented health results motivated me to empower others to experience the benefits of  "Farm Fresh Low Carb Living."  Changing my diet made a noticeable difference in my overall health and well being. Why not see for yourself how this lifestyle can improve your own health?

Meanwhile, don't forget to tell your doctor if you go on this diet. Here's why.

 
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Changed My Life

Farm Fresh Low Carb Living has improved my health and well being in so many ways. I'm relieved I made the switch. If I can do it, so can you!