Here’s my last post about my experience up at the McDougall weekend. Hope you enjoy!
After lunch, Doug Lisle, author of the must-read book The Pleasure Trap, talked about “The Continuum of Evil.” I’d heard Dr. Lisle speak before here in Southern California, and he’s a terrific speaker – he’s hilarious, and his focus on the psychology of eating always makes for a unique presentation. Here are a few things he spoke about in his lecture:
- His “continuum” is a way to grade your food choices on a calorie-for-calorie basis from A through F. Try to get the best grade possible.
- F: Fried Animals, D: Milk, D+: Plain Dead Animals, C-:Oil, Fine Wine, Coffee, C+: Refined Carbs and Sugar, B-: Junk Health Food (aka tofu and pre-made veggie burgers), B+: Whole Wheat Bread, A-: Oatmeal, A+: Whole Natural Foods. (Note-the classifications from C+ through B+ all depend on the degree of processing, so something like a mock meat would probably be in the C+ range)
- What sabotages us from trying to eat as perfectly as possible? Something Lisle calls “the Ego Trap” – quitting to save yourself from the embarrassment of failure, whether its from a real or imagined audience.
- Why does this happen so often? Our expectations are too high! So whats the solution? Set lower expectations so that you can meet or exceed them. The reasonable expectation is that there will be failure in anything you try, but its to be seen as a learning opportunity.
After Dr. Lisle’s speech, McDougall gave his closing remarks and talked about the next weekend which is happening from September 7-9. So far he’s got some prestigious doctors lined up from the cancer and cardiology worlds, as well as someone who will demolish the “paleo diet” myths. I’m planning on coming, are you?