‘Eating what stands on one leg (mushrooms and plant foods) is better than eating what stands on two legs (fowl), which is better than eating what stands on four legs (cows, pigs and other mammals)’. So says a Chinese proverb offering traditional wisdom on a healthy diet. But what stand should we take on fish with no legs?
Advice about what and how to eat probably benefit those who publish more than the folks who read them. When the Blood Type Diet came out in the 1990s, it seemed to explain something that I’d already figured out for myself. An O blood type person, like me, should eat meat and forget wheat. O types, according to Eat Right 4 Your Type, come from a line of foragers and hunter gathers who lived in the northern hemisphere and what they needed was lots of protein. It’s true, wheat and I don’t get along and I do get along with meat in moderation and I get along even better eating lots of veg and fruit. The blood type diet has since been rubbished by the established medical experts.
Probably the best way to eat is to let common sense be our guide and trust our guts to know what we need. The Food Rules book is a good source of common sense, like Rule No. 20 ‘It’s not food if it arrived through the window of your car’, (unless it’s road kill but let’s not go there).
These days I’m so busy eating vegetables every which way just to keep up with my veg box, I haven’t got time to think about meat. Which brings me back nicely to the three varieties of one legged food in my box this week: mushrooms, broccoli and cauliflower. All good for a fast food lunch.
Steam green and white florets whilst flashing the mushrooms in a drop of oil around a hot wok. Add steamed veg, toss with mushrooms for a minute or two then sprinkle dark soy sauce (or any other sauce you fancy). Toss a bit more and it’s ready to serve. Add carbs to suit maybe a portion of rice, couscous, quinoa or if in a hurry, hurry drop a handful of noodles into boiling water, wait a couple more minutes until they’ve gone soft and plump, drain, serve, eat.