We are required to make so many decisions. Some are big–should I move to another state to get a better job? Should we have another child? Some less so–should I go to the grocery store? What should I wear today? Lately though, I’ve been thinking a lot about decision-making. Maybe it’s because elections are looming, but I’m thinking about people that let others make their decisions for them, people that let others do their research for them. I think we’re all guilty of it in some area of our lives; we’re so busy we have to pick our battles. We can’t research everything we use throughout the day before we use it, so sometimes we have to rely on others’ reviews and judgement. If there is an area of your life where you should not let others do your research, though, surely it is your health and nutrition.
I have several friends who follow a Paleo diet. Although I don’t agree with a key aspect of that diet (the massive consumption of meat and fish), I do appreciate the avoidance of dairy, oils, and processed foods. What bugs me, however, is that these friends are following this diet because a trainer recommended it, not because of any research they did on their own. I may have begun eating plant-based after watching Forks Over Knives, but since then, I’ve read 6 books and countless articles on the topic AND played devil’s advocate and read opposing viewpoints.
I do quite a few blog posts on health and fitness issues that interest me. I always try to reference my sources so that readers can check them out for themselves, accept or discount the information, and move on. I think one’s health is an area that you need to take personal accountability for. Another area for personal accountability is spirituality/religion. Parenting is another. These are areas where you shouldn’t let someone else make the decisions for you–the results are too critically important.
Do your research. Take your time. And don’t take my word for it. Find out for yourself.