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Why does nutrition have to be so complicated? Why can't all the "experts" agree on what is best?<br><br>
I just read the article on soy in this month's mothering and I am really irritated. Okay, so cow's milk is at best an imperfect food for humans. And my family doesn't handle it well. So we found soy and it was wonderful. It wasn't super sweet like rice milk, it went well on cereal, it went well in recipes, it makes a nice no trans fat margarine, it was a great source of easy protein for someone like me who isn't keen on cooking for long periods of time. Now it is evil. Fine. So now what do I use? No one in my family likes rice milk. So I read the FAQs on the website and they say "rethink the cereal-check out this guy who has a book about a no grain diet". Ugh. The Paleolithic diet. Something I totally don't believe in, not to mention the Atkins diet is really hard on your liver and kidneys long term so eliminating grains can't be that good for you. So then I am like, "well, if she supports this guy and I don't believe in what he says, does that mean I have to rethink what she says?" And that is where it gets complicated. I don't want to eliminate everything that makes me enjoy food but I don't want to worry that the milk I give my son is hurting him. So where is the middle ground? It is unrealistic for my family to stop eating cereal in the morning. None of us like to cook when we first get up, I need the protein that the milk provides, eggs make us queasy. This whole nutrition thing is enough to make me want to either stop eating all together or get so fed up that I go buy a package of cheetos and say forget it.
 

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Whatever you do, don't read Nourishing Traditions! Lol. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> I just started that one, and it's made me all overwhelmed and confused.<br><br>
Basically, nutrition IS simple. Eat whole, unrefined foods. (Grains, fruits and veggies.)<br>
Eat organic as much as possible. Avoid sugar as much as possible. Ignore the trends. Everything else will take care of itself.
 

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I agree with persephone, Be balanced and listen to your body, your familys needs.<br>
I think anything to an extreme can be dangerous. So, do eat soy if you feel your family does well, with it. But maybe stay away from the overly processed soy stuff that has come out any be moderate (I say this not only for soy but for alot of things) If someone eats dairy I say eat it in moderation, and eat a natural, high quality source. Sigh, the diet trends make me sad....
 
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