Have you ever converted to a dietary belief system?
I have. Lots of times.
I was a vegan. I was a raw foodist. I was a fruitarian. I was a paleo convert. I was a low carb believer. I was a Peatarian.
Each time I adhered to a dietary religion, I tried to do it correctly. I tried to understand all the rules and follow them perfectly.
I hoped that in exchange I would be blessed with great and long-lasting health.
Unfortunately, what actually happened was that I was blinded to just how incorrect or hurtful many of the beliefs of those dietary belief systems are. In trying to do it right and in taking entire dietary thought systems on as a monolithic way of life, I got hurt.
Dietary agnosticism is literally not to know what is right.
I don’t know what is the one truth regarding diet.
I certainly have some opinions about what is not true. Because based on my experience, veganism doesn’t work long term. And neither do very low-carbohydrate diets.
But I don’t know for sure that I am right about that.
The beauty of dietary agnosticism is that I get to do whatever I need in any given moment.
If I need carbohydrates, I get to eat them. If I need meat, I get to eat it. If I need more fat, I get to eat it. If I need coffee, I get to drink it. If I need more fiber, I get to eat it. If I need fish, I get to eat it. If I need kale, I get to eat it. If I need sugar, I get to eat it.
There are certain things that I have learned that seem to be true most of the time for me. For example, it seems to be true that I need to eat a minimum number of calories regularly in order to feel well. It seems to be true that I need to eat a minimum amount of quality protein regularly in order to feel well.
But I get to learn what I need by having the flexibility to try different things rather than having to adhere to a strict set of rules.