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Who is your food faith invested in?
You see, faith really is an investment. And people get upset when their investments, their foundations, their world view might be wrong. They don’t look at evidence, they don’t use reason.
They lash out. Why? Change is painful. Change really sucks. No one likes it.
How did the experts become ‘experts?’ How does anyone become an expert nowadays? Is it experience? Academic studies? A combination? Are you an expert if you pick a hobby and stick with it for years? Does it even matter?
No person, no personality, no one group is flawless. None of them have all the right answers. I hope if your personal experience and experimentation doesn’t line up with what I post, you’ll speak up. No one can learn if you don’t share.
Mr. Perfect… Isn’t
There was a day when I trusted the ‘experts,’ not realizing that they were also human, they had blind spots, they had agendas, they had flaws. When I developed hyperemesis, I butted up against person after person, group after group who just INSISTED that I couldn’t be having hyperemesis while on a completely traditional foods diet. In fact, I had been on a traditional foods diet for years, yet I was seriously sick. I’d list everything I’d eaten in a week and they’d shake their heads and tell me I MUST be doing something wrong despite eating all of the right foods, because it just wasn’t possible to be so sick while eating so well. It was my fault, not the fault of the ‘perfect’ diet. Some even implied or outright stated I must be lying- I couldn’t eat just those foods and be so sick. I HAD to be omitting the junk food. Wasn’t I really eating bags of potato chips and boxes of twinkies and just lying about it? I MUST be lying because I didn’t fit their preconceived notions about food. I didn’t fit into their nice, neat, little square box.
We found no answers. I suffered through the pregnancy and eventually the problems temporarily vanished after the birth of my son. Time marched on. Eventually the traditional foods world came to understand that intolerances and a leaky gut can keep you ill despite a top notch diet.
About two years later, as we began the journey of finding and eliminating my intolerances, I stayed on raw dairy long after it was obvious it made my body seriously ill. Why? Because so many people proclaimed that those intolerant to dairy were only intolerant to pasteurized dairy and raw milk was a hypo-allergenic food. The ‘party line’ was that intolerance to raw milk was just about non-existent. Once again, I didn’t fit into their nice, neat, little square box.
Finally, I let my common sense make the decision. I went off of raw dairy and within a week, I was improving. I started meeting other people with the same experience. No matter what the ‘experts’ said, my body said differently. Later, after many people started sharing their experience, the tide started to turn and more people in traditional foods started admitting that, yes, you could be intolerant to even their beloved, precious raw dairy.
I have met so many people who have ignored their own bodies, their own observations, their own common sense and followed after an expert long after others could see the damage they were doing. When questioned, they always state, ‘Well, so-and-so says…’
Stop right there. If anyone says something against your own personal experience and observation, basic science and common sense and what you’re seeing in those around you, you should take a step back and re-evaluate everything.
Experts Aren’t Always Right
The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. If you aren’t healing with what you are doing, it’s time to make a change, even if the ‘experts’ say it isn’t the right path.
Perhaps that expert isn’t right.
That is why I started down the roads I have. Gluten and Dairy-Free isn’t popular in the traditional foods world. People actually come to me and say they’re embarrassed that they are ‘only’ gluten and dairy-free, as if it’s a shame. It isn’t popular to state that everyone doesn’t have to use GAPS, SCD or the new pet diet of the day to heal their gut. And it truly isn’t popular to state that there is a difference between anaerobic lactofermentation and aerobic ‘fermentation (which isn’t).’
However, I’ve seen the changes in my own health as a result of these paths.
My own body bears witness.
It is frustrating to see bloggers giving their pet, one line advice. ‘If you’d only X, then Y would happen.’ And they give the same advice to everyone. Eat more carbs, that will solve all your ills. Everyone just needs to eat more ice cream. Here, you just need more fat. Wait, your percentage of protein to fat is wrong. You’d be in vibrant health if you’d just change this one thing…
There isn’t one perfect, neat, little wrapped up answer that would just solve the world’s food problems and magically heal everyone’s guts.
We aren’t children. We must think like rational adults.
The body doesn’t work like that. Chances are, just one thing didn’t get you into this problem, and just one thing isn’t going to get you out of it. Health is a complex journey with many nuances. It is a web. It isn’t a point A to point B and that point A to point B isn’t the same for every human being on the planet.
You see, those nice, neat, little square boxes are still boxes, even though they aren’t the same boxes the processed food industry or the government proclaims are the correct boxes.
So now I’m once again having folks trying to tuck me into their nice, neat little box despite not being able to answer the tough questions over lacto-fermentation. Their faith is in their experts. They rail against the evidence because they don’t want their faith in their expert shaken. It’s not about facts, it’s about faith.
And you know, I just don’t fit into boxes.
I’m not into controversy for the sake of controversy. I don’t post these things to drive traffic. In fact, my traffic has fallen due to this series, not increased. I post it because I am being true to myself and my experiences.
So despite the fact that ‘mainstream traditional foods’ rattles against truly anaerobic fermentation, I’ve seen the results in my own gut. I’ve met others with the same experience.
Mason jar ferments never gave me a strong probiotic reaction. Harsch and Pickl-It foods do. My common sense, basic science, my experience and the experience of those who have experimented with both aerobic and truly anaerobic say the same.
There IS a difference.
So I’ll choose to stay outside of that nice, neat little box people keep wanting to shove me into.
And one day, I have faith that as more people try both styles of ferments and see the results in their own bodies, I think the party line will catch up to me. But if it never does, I’m ok with it. Because I’ve seen the improvements in myself. My own body is healthier and happier with these changes.
And that’s the bottom line.