USDA Food Guide Pyramid
In 1992 the United States Department of Agriculture published dietary guidelines in the shape of a pyramid to represent daily serving recommendations. The higher up the pyramid a food group sat the less a person should consume. Well last week I was going through a big huge box of a nightmare of medical bills and records searching for a needle in a haystack and I came across a glossy full color brochure of this pyramid circa year 2000. I was shocked to see a recommended 6-11 servings a day of bread/rice/pasta/cereal. Are you kidding me? I didn't know a person could eat that much in a day and have room for anything else. But what really got my goat was seeing a small order of french fries listed as two servings of vegetables! And we wonder where heart disease came from...
This experience taught me a huge lesson in life, not to take anything at face value. No longer do I live and die by the doctrine of massive, interest-driven agencies telling me what to believe as absolute truth. Perhaps this huge misdirection in dietary guidelines is what gave me the courage to buck modern medicine when it failed to offer a treatment or cure for symptoms so severe they disabled me. They told me to live with it. I couldn't and embarked on yet another journey of self-discovery in learning how to get a grip on my life and therefore my illness. Getting sick taught me many things I didn't know before. It will teach the next person completely different things, concepts and realities closely vetted to who they are as a person. We are all not the same but the spirit of survival is inherent to all animals, the human no exception. I refused to be a victim and figured out how to make life liveable again. On my own terms, using knowledge I sought out that made sense to me.
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