I was discussing research plans last night with my beloved and she said that "You should do something about diet and anxiety". We had to shift our diet a year or so ago, and have both lost about 15 kg, and noticed that we are generally able to tolerate stress better.  I said that I was fairly sure that this had been done, and I was correct.

Like most work, Felice Jacka piggybacked questions on anxiety and depression into a larger survey. I'm going to quote from her paper, with one observation: when I was at a research meeting last year where interventions to improve diet were being reported, there was a correlation with anxiety and fruit intake but not vegetables, because hardly any Aussie teenagers ate vegetables. But that was a verbal communication. This is published.

These three factors were retained as variables in the data set and named, respectively, "traditional," "western," and "modern." A traditional dietary pattern comprised mainly vegetables, fruit, beef, lamb, fish, and whole-grain foods, while a western pattern comprised foods such as meat pies, processed meats, pizza, chips, hamburgers, white bread, sugar, flavored milk drinks, and beer. A modern pattern consisted of foods such as fruits and salads plus fish, tofu, beans, nuts, yogurt, and red wine. High factor scores indicate greater consumption of these types of foods, and low scores indicate lower consumption.

In this cross-sectional population-based study examining the association between diet and the high-prevalence mental disorders, the hypothesized association between habitual diet quality and these disorders was largely supported by the data. A dietary pattern comprising vegetables, fruit, beef, lamb, fish, and whole-grain foods (traditional) was associated with a lower likelihood of depressive and anxiety disorders, whereas a dietary pattern comprising processed and "unhealthy" foods (western) was associated with a higher likelihood of psychological symptoms and disorders. Better diet quality, as measured by the diet quality score, was associated with a lower level of psychological symptoms. Associations were apparent after adjustments for a wide range of possible confounding variables, including age, socioeconomic status, education, physical activity, and other lifestyle factors.

Felice Jacka, JAMA Psychiatry 2010 (Geelong Osteoporosis Study).

Eating traditionally and simply is good for you. Nothing new here. If we eat real food, not too much, mainly vegetables we do OK. But this is not enough for the vegetarians. They want us to stop eating meat because of shibboleths such as global warming, toxic masculinity or Donald J Trump. With the sponsorship of Big Agriculture.

Push, where meat must be eschewed and not chewed because it is “bad” for “the planet” is being backed by organizations like Kellogs. It is probably just a coincidence companies who back the organization pushing veganism do not sell meat. Anyway, somehow man eating meat will harm “the planet”, but that other animals eat meat won’t.

The organization that wants you to buy the products by global food companies because these products are supposedly better for “the planet” is EAT: “a global, non-profit startup dedicated to transforming our global food system through sound science, impatient disruption and novel partnerships.”

Impatient disruption?

Don’t we hear that kind of thing from social justice warriors? Answer: Yes, we do.

EAT says don’t eat meat. “Human diet causing ‘catastrophic’ damage to planet: study.”

It is, as it should go without saying, impossible that eating meat will cause “catastrophic” damage to “the planet.” The planet will be just fine, and will survive whatever it is we might be able to do to it. We, however, may not survive what our elites want us to do to each other.

EAT says their planet-saving ” diet allows for about seven grammes (a quarter of an ounce) of red meat per day.” That’s about as much meat as you can balance on your pinkie fingernail, maybe less if you have large manly hands like I do.

Even this won’t save us, say these scientists. “‘We can no longer feed our population a healthy diet while balancing planetary resources,’ said The Lancet editor-in-chief Richard Horton.”

This is like saying “It’s us or the planet, and I choose the planet.”

It again should be obvious and go without saying that if so many people are so sick because farming practices are so bad, that the mostly veggies and carbohydrate processed food diet they’re taking is much more likely a culprit than unprocessed meat. So why not fix that problem? Stopping eating the vast majority of products grocery stores sell in the middle aisles would fix health and bad farming practices, too, since there would not be a need for all processed grains and oils and low-quality meat. Do you think we can get woke corporations and scientists to back that kind of initiative?

Matt Briggs

I would argue that vegetarianism is not how we are supposed to eat: from the covenants of Genesis to observation of hunter-gatherer tribes, humans have hunted and eaten (and been eaten: the large carnivores have always been a risk). I carbohydrate high diet is all too often akin to the modern junk food diet Felice Jacka's work suggests we should not eat. In addition, traditional foods in most societies are accessible foods in that society. The upper middle class can afford ethically sourced supplies from whole food: those on lower incomes cannot.

And that is a more gentle approach than making everything political.  It appears that it is not enough for the Woke to go Broke, they have to ruin life as well.  Relentless mockery is the best cure. Followed by bacon: and if you want to lose weight do a variation of this.

  1. Do not eat white food: wheat, rice, potatoes, corn, legumes
  2. Do eat green vegetables
  3. Do eat meat.
  4. Limit dairy.
  5. Limit nightshades (peppers, tomatoes, eggplants and the pototo again).

I have to concentrate on numbers one and two, but I don't have many food tolerences.

If you do this, you will be on a lazy paleo diet, and you will lose weight: if you add a little grains you are eating functionally a tradtional diet.

In particular, note that NZ meat is generally grass fed, as is our dairy: in NZ avoiding such is not just virtue signalling but damages our economy.