In recent years, I have developed allergies. My nose gets so bad from time to time that I am pretty much unable to function and there is nothing to do but take Bemadryl and zonk out for awhile. For awhile they got a lot better, hardly bothering me at all, and then they started getting much worse. I thought it was Springtime, but I began to notice a correlation with my diet. As long as I'd been following a strictly vegan diet I'd been good. But then I started consuming dairy products kind of regularly. There was a protein bar that had milk in it I really liked, and I was eating cheese and yogurt for awhile there, and my allergies were more or less bothersome. Then on my son's birthday I ate lots of dairy. I had pizza, quite a lot, and buttercream frosting on the cake, and a little bit of ice cream as well. And the next day my allergies were so bad I could not stand it. There wasn't any way to avoid wondering if the extreme dairy consumption was related to the extreme allergic reaction. So I started experimenting, and there definitely seemed to be a relationship.
I have to tell you, I am more than happy to never eat a dairy product ever again in my life if it means never suffering an allergy attack like that again. Pizza? No longer a temptation. I look at dairy and I turn away in disgust.
But this got me wondering. I have already told you all that I have a problem with food. I may happily and easily quit consuming dairy because I know it will cause me to suffer. But the fact is that I continue he to eat in a way that can cause me to suffer far more in the future. Those really bad "allergic reactions," better known by names like cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, are not generally immediate reactions to a food we eat. We can't actually feel the damage those foods are doing to our bodies until it's too late. I was thinking, if they want to invent a pill that will actually cure diabetes, they should simply come up with something that makes you just plain FEEL AWFUL if you consume too many calories or carbohydrates.
I know, I know, don't get your knickers in a knot. I'm aware of the fact that this would not be a best selling pill. Well, unless they lied, said it did something else essential and that you will die if you don't take it, and sorry about that nasty side effect. But my point isn't actually this pill. My point is our own stupidity. Well, my stupidity. If I KNOW the effect these foods will have on me, why can't I be intelligent enough to not eat them? Yes, it's the concept of delayed gratification, but honestly why oh why oh why does that even enter into it? The good part of eating these foods, the part where their taste or texture is giving me good feelings, is extraordinarily tiny. How long does it take you to eat? Not long. Then it's over and there is no more enjoyment. But the bad effects will last a lot longer, a lifetime even, a lifetime perhaps cut short. The enjoyment of good health in each moment is far more gratifying, and lasts far longer. It is just plain good sense.
If I can happily give up dairy products because I can't stand having a stuffy sneezy nose, I should be able to give up the foods that will clog my arteries, raise my blood sugar, and perhaps make my cells want to misbehave. Right? Right. It is simply common sense.