This new year, I am one of the bajillion people (that’s an approximate figure) who has resolved to clean up their diet and eat better during the upcoming year. But as I’ve been doing my research, I am discovering there are countless definitions of what "healthy eating" is, many of which contradict each other.

This new year, I am one of the bajillion people (that’s an approximate figure) who has resolved to clean up their diet and eat better during the upcoming year. But as I’ve been doing my research, I am discovering there are countless definitions of what "healthy eating" is, many of which contradict each other.


About two years ago, my dad set out to practice healthy eating in order to prevent two illnesses that my family has a history of: cancer and diabetes. He read a book called "The China Study" that advocates a vegan diet. This kind of diet is plant-based and does not allow animal products of ANY kind: meat (includes seafood), milk, cheese, butter, etc.


After reading the book, my dad became sold on The China Study and bought copies for many of my family members. He has kept up with it, more or less, for the past couple years and sings its praises.


I have kept an open mind and I support my dad in his efforts to be healthy. … But meat loaf is one of my favorite foods, and I don’t think I could part with it.


Another person in my life who has experience in making a major dietary change is my boyfriend. In 2011, he lost 70 pounds and majorly improved his athletic performance by exercising and following the "paleo" diet.


The paleo diet is vastly different from the aforementioned China Study. It is sometimes called the "caveman diet" because it focuses on foods that the cavemen could have hunted or gathered. So, "good" foods are meat, fish, veggies, fruits, nuts, and seeds. Certain kinds of fats, like butter, are also allowed. Foods not included in the paleo diet are grains, sugar, breads, legumes, processed foods, etc.


My boyfriend is just as devoted to the paleo diet as my dad is to The China Study. While the two diets seem diametrically opposed, my dad and my boyfriend claim to have reaped health benefits from their respective eating habits.


And these are just two out of a seemingly infinite number of options. No meat, or an abundance of meat? Low carb or high carb? Whole grains or no grains?


Disclaimer: I am not a doctor, but my two cents on choosing how to eat is this: Don’t get frustrated. Do research and choose what makes you feel good and works for your health. That’s what I’ve done, and I’m feeling healthier already.



Happy birthday to Zakkiriyya Brown, Pauline Hawkins, Joyce Smith and Renee Wade, all of Sherman; Devin Jackson of Denison; Sue Downey McLaney and Frankie Tyler of Pottsboro; Debbie Mitchell of Collinsville; Keaton Howell of Mesquite; Judy Hollis Webster of Plano.


Happy anniversary to Earl and Cynthia Brownlow of Sherman, 5 years.