Hello and welcome to FoodNarc! My name is Levi Steier, and I am intrigued by food and the role it plays in our lives. As a former collegiate athlete, coach, and Health/PE educator, I am interested in how our dietary practices affect our health and physical performance.
While earning a degree in Exercise Science, I was taught to follow the standard guidelines and “facts” that most of us have been listening to for decades. Eat less fat (especially the saturated variety), more fruits and vegetables, and especially more whole grains. Then there is the law of thermodynamics as applied to diet and nutrition – the calorie deficit hypothesis. Ultimately, in terms of weight loss, what you eat doesn’t matter as much as how much you eat. A calorie is just a calorie after all.
Despite rising health concerns related to metabolic syndrome and the diseases associated with it, we are still being sold on the idea that these recommendations are the key to eating healthy and nutritious foods.
Based on my experience, and the general decline of human health across the globe, I believe many of these ideas are fundamentally flawed and our food system is failing us on many levels. As one who has battled weight issues my entire life, I have found that dietary guidelines, as recommended by the USDA and others, are woefully inadequate for me.
We understand that biology isn’t an exact science, and there may be many answers to the question of what is a “healthy” diet. With this in mind, we accept that what works for us might not work for you, and that humans can thrive on a wide variety of foods. Even so, we believe, based on the data available we need to redefine the basic building blocks of our food system.
It is time for a systemic change and a better understanding of where our food comes from. We need to reestablish a connection to what we eat. We need to develop a deeper understanding of how the foods we eat affect us physiologically and return to a diet that is based on whole, unprocessed foods that are nutrient dense and promote health.
At FoodNarc we want to create a community where we can discuss these issues with the hope of learning as much as possible about our food system, its strengths and weaknesses, and working with others to bring about positive change.
Let’s forge ahead on a journey together where we look into the available data with an open mind and a willingness to let go of long-held beliefs and seek to find what works for each of us as individuals.