People Who Follow Non-SAD Diets are Miserable and Hate Food

I hate it when troll-ish internet comments get to me.

Yesterday, there was a reader question on The Kitchn (which I’d unsubscribed to a few months back when I first went primal, but recently re-subscribed to because I kind of missed it) asking for advice. It was:

How do you organize dinners with a wide variety of eaters? (As in, vegetarian, paleo, gluten-free, etc.) Do you have a decent method to plan the food?

The editors suggested a mix and match meal, such as a taco bar, which I think is a great suggestion. Reader comments added further good advice, and then this one came along:

“Find friends that actually enjoy food, they are generally happier people anyway!”

Um, okay. I realize it’s a bit tongue in cheek, but hello! The food blogosphere is JAM PACKED with food lovers who follow every diet imaginable: from paleo to vegan, it’s all there. Seriously – there are probably tens of thousands of people out there who find creative, delicious ways to re-create diet-specific versions of basically any dish, and then take the time to blog about them, and even write cookbooks about them! You’re telling me these people don’t enjoy food and are miserable?

I would even go so far as to say just the opposite – that people who aren’t eating the best foods for their bodies probably aren’t as happy as they could be, because their food choices affect them in ways they may not even be aware of.

I know there are tons of people out there who just hate the fact that they have to eat gluten-free, but they accept that the alternative feels even worse. Likewise, I know others who feel best eating very little meat and I totally respect that! I say, eat whatever floats your personal boat if it makes the sailing smooth and pleasurable.

The thing that surprised me the most about discovering the primal/paleo/grain-free/whole foods blogosphere is that no one sees any of these diets as deprivation; they actually see them as liberating (the whole “cheat” complex notwithstanding, of course).

A later comment hit home:

“Reading some of these comments makes me cherish my friends even more. Yikes.”

If I’m taking it the way the commenter intended, I completely agree, and am so grateful to have friends and family who are totally respectful of, and cheerfully¬†accommodate,¬†others’ food choices or requirements, whatever they may be, and regardless of whether they understand or agree with them.

Bottom line: I, for one, like to know what my loved ones’ dietary needs are, because when you care about someone, it feels good to offer them a meal that they’ll really enjoy, and not have them feel like it was a burden or a hassle to prepare it.