Why Frodo Wasnt Allowed Pizza
Stuff UM people are advised not to eat.
dairy, ETOH (alcohol), caffiene, fermented products, sugar.
Now, if need be, one can eliminate alcohol and still have a great and satisfying cuisine. The Islamic world has given us wonderful goodies and the Vaishnava devotees of Krishna abstain from alcohol and caffiene and still have wonderful things to eat.
But, if you examine the list of Universal Medicine's prohibited items, first, note 'sugar'.
This is a sign of foolishness. ALL CARBOHYDRATE CONTAINING FOOD HAS SUGAR.
Sugar molecules (glucose, fructose) are either short chain, long chain or in pairs, or single, but its all glucose or fructose.
What matters is how rapidly or slowly the carb containing food enters the blood stream (glycemic index) and how much of it (glycemic load) one eats. Humans need some carbohydrate each day (the amount person varies), and without enough carb each day, ones muscles will not have enough glycogen, which fuels fast twitch muscles--what you need when running, sprinting lifting weight, walking, hiking, bicycling uphill. Without enough carb each day, you will literally feel yourself dragging ass.
Another look at this UM diet list. What I see will is a lack of savory, umami type flavors. The stuff that gives food its lip smacking, sensual dimension.
No fermented products. That means no fermented cheeses (parmasan, aged provolone, cheddar), no saurkraut or yogurt. No sour cream. No yeast raised breads or sourdough bread. No beer, wine or whiskey, not even alcohol free.
No wine vinegar or fermented ketchups. No worcester sauce, no Harvey sauce or soy sauce. No miso, no tempeh, no Vegimite or Marmite.
No dairy -- that means no milk, sour cream, whipped cream, ice cream, no cheese cake or clotten cream or butter on scones, no custard sauce.
No caffeine? Ban chocolate, coffee, tea.
THe kinds of savory flavors that give depth and complexity to food and flavors are banned.
One has to exercise hypervigilence and get, in return a diet that lacks nuance. And if one goes low carb, one is going, eventually, to feel starved.
And carb diets,* if?* this is the UM diet, seem to elicit reports of depression.