I’ve seen more knee, back and hip problems caused by casual running than anything; but runners know how much that particular exercise irreplacably helps their overall state of mind so I usually instruct my patients to choose that battle, and we’ll deal with the consequences. I know ice cream isnt going to agree with me, but it’s summer and every once in a while, I need it. I will pay the price later.
We must pick our battles. Gluten and dairy really arent doing anyone any good, but when people cut both out of their lives entirely, they end up becoming indignant of their health… and of food… and of me. If what you are doing FOR your health is making you resentful OF your health, well….that’s not good medicine, then. Chances are you need more moderation in your life. And that goes for all areas of living: if youre going to be very social than you should take one day to be a cranky misanthrope. If you’re going to spend your days being very charitable then you must take at least a little bit of time being a total prick.
100% adherence to every “you should….” not only puts an impossibly high degree of difficulty on your life but also makes for a very boring life, when actually health and medicine should be about electrifying the pursuit of living, not dampening it. There’s a reason why anyone who is a “strict anything” is usually a terribly unpleasant person to be around, and that unpleasantness is not health.