Why Most Nutrition Advice is Total Bullshit and Contributes to Self-Harm
Oh my gosh – nutrition and diet info is everywhere! So much of it is really terrible as it is disordered eating wrapped up in self harm principals.
Every expert and trend will try to lead you in their direction because they know best and their advice is going to help you. Right?
Nope. I call bullshit.
Everyone has heard (and maybe lived through) the intense focus on how much you eat. This has gotten way too much attention because while this does affect your weight and energy level, it's certainly not the “holy grail” of health.
Buckle Up. Opinions ahead!
Calories in vs. Calories Out = Eating Disorder
The “calories in, calories out” philosophy (i.e. how much you eat) is disordered eating wrapped up in marketing tactics. Sure, limiting calories, carbs or fat can certainly help you lose weight but that's not a sustainable option for life, it’s not good for your body, and it’s not enjoyable. In fact, it’s an eating disorder. So, I’m going to say right now, “STOP!”
When the intense focus on how much we ate didn't work in the long-run it wasn’t really a surprise. We kinda knew that already, didn't we? Most folks would agree that it feels really crappy to be tracking every bite that passes the lips.
I’m going to invite you to put away the food journal (unless you are tracking for food & mood, or for some other health related reason) and stop analyzing what you eat.
Clean Eating = Your Privilege is Showing
According to experts in “clean” eating, you need a varied diet full of minimally-processed foods (i.e. fewer “packaged” “ready-to-eat” foods) for weight loss, energy, and overall health and wellness. It sounds pretty amazing and too good to be true.
Put the brakes on right now. This is another slick packaged marketing tactic by the diet industry to put the blame on food and make you think you can somehow perfectly orchestrate your health. The Truth? You can’t. What is perfect health anyway? Perfect health is often pictured as a thin, White person who has zero problems. THAT DOES NOT EXIST. ANYWHERE. SERIOUSLY.
Also, it’s a classist and racist construct for making people with money feel better about food they can afford. Why? “Dirty” food is generally readily available, easy to prepare, and low cost. Food that is available in areas that may not have a grocery store. Think fast food, liquor stores, processed foods that are more shelf stable. Are you connecting the dots to the insidious belief behind “clean” vs “dirty”?
Bear in mind I’m not calling you classist or racist based on what you eat, that’s not my business. However, if you are promoting a diet style that is only accessible to a certain socio-economic group, I would be looking pretty hard at what is behind the message.
Mindful Eating = Do Your Best & Don't Stress
When possible, take the time to enjoy what you are taking in. Why? Because it might taste really good and you can appreciate the nourishment for your body, mind, and spirit.
Mindful eating means to eat slowly, chew thoroughly, and savor every bite. Notice and appreciate the smell, taste and texture. Breathe.
This gives your digestive system the hint to prepare for digestion and to secrete necessary enzymes. More thoroughly chewed food is easier to digest and it makes it easier to absorb all of those essential nutrients.
If you have to eat your food in a hurry, don’t stress about it. That’s why I said do the best you can.
Eat food, enjoy your food, and breathe.
When you find yourself in the mindset of shaming yourself about something you are eating, take a moment to breathe and tell that shaming voice to leave you alone.
YOU DESERVE TO ENJOY EVERY BITE. ALWAYS.
Recipe Chia Peach Green Smoothie - Serves 1
- handful spinach
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 banana
- 1 chopped peach
- 1 cup milk or milk alternative of your choice.
Add ingredients to blender in order listed (you want your greens on the bottom by the blade so they blend better and have the chia on the bottom to absorb some liquid before you blend).
Wait a couple of minutes for the chia seeds to start soaking up the milk.
Blend, Serve and Enjoy!
Tip: Try swapping different greens, fruit or seeds to match your preference.
I love smoothies, especially when it's warm out and the thought of cooking anything just seems like too much.
Be nourished however you are able.