Meditations on the Buddha Bowl
A first-person account of why this is the most zen of food fads in this day of imbalanced eating
In the dystopia that is healthy eating, removing entire food groups and exaggerating others, a bit of everything is the anomaly. Some swear the kilos peel off with the Ketogenic diet, a low-carbohydrate, high-fat diet with blobs of ghee or butter in coffee to make it, and you, apparently bulletproof. In Paleo, you revisit the meals of your cavemen ancestors, foraging in supermarkets for things you are permitted to eat: fish, meat, vegetables, nuts and seeds. A few years ago, I did the Whole 30 for a month, eliminating sugar, dairy, alcohol, grains, legumes from my diet, resisting the Diwali season to lose 7kg. But with skewed diets, that which tilts one way will inevitably tilt another, and at some point, that’s you, the leaning tower of imbalance.