It’s an old saying: You are what you eat. But more and more Richard Swerdlow finds the people he knows turning the old saw on its head.
With Thanksgiving around the corner, that holiday where everyone overeats, I've been noticing our local fixation with food; what we eat - and what we don't eat.
Sugar-free, gluten-free, dairy-free... I've been to dinner parties where the entire meal conversation consisted of guests boasting about what they do not eat. Food avoidance as competitive sport: no-fat beats low-fat, vegetarians one-up gluten-free, and vegans one-up vegetarians.
Lactose-free, soy-free, no carbs... not an only-in-the-Bay-Area phenomenon, but here, it's remarkable how so many people seem bizarrely preoccupied by what they decide - or decide not - to eat.
Yes, some have serious, even life-threatening reasons for eliminating certain foods - allergies or medical conditions. And, of course, everyone should maintain a reasonably healthy diet.