This post is for all of you out there who are desperately trying to be healthy. You’re grasping at straws, holding on for dear life to anything that will turn you in to one of those perky, blonde, gym bunnies who sips on kale juice and does crunches for fun. If that’s you, then I bet the 5 words I’m talking about, you will know oh too well…
So here are 5 words that the “health and wellness” industry use way too much. I say let’s BOYCOTT!
- ‘Beach body’
The classic marketing strategy used by personal trainers, gyms and diet brands alike to lure poor, innocent suckers into signing up for a membership that they will commit to for 3 weeks then loose interest in, but continue to fund. Since when do you need to have a certain kind of body to go to the beach? Isn’t the beach supposed to be a place of summer celebration, time with family and fun…NOT ridicule, embarrassment and shame. I say screw that!
If you have a body…then you are more than welcome to join me on the beach.
This one really gets me. What makes a food super? Who decides which food is superior to another? All fresh whole foods contain their own set of powerful nutrients which the body needs. To me it’s pointless shelling out a fortune for some berry which is from the sacred mountain ranges in Peru because a questionable nutrition ‘coach’ claims it is essential for your health.
How about eating a wide, plant-based diet? That kinda food sounds super enough to me.
3. ‘Cheat meal’
I could write a whole post on this alone. The notion of a cheat meal is absurd. A cheat meal is based on a foundation of deprivation and restriction. All it does is fuel the diet-binge cycle. You eat ‘healthily’ the whole week…low carb, low fat (basically cardboard) until Friday comes around…and you finally allow yourself a ‘cheat meal.’ Except, all of your efforts to restrain yourself the entire week come undone once you get the first spoonful of ice cream in your mouth. You end up consuming the entire tub of ice cream and clearing out the top shelf of your refrigerator too, in a wild frenzy to get as much in as you can before your diet starts tomorrow.
How about trying a balanced diet? Where you consume treats as part of your healthy lifestyle.
Which leads me to the next point…
4. ‘Clean eating’
In my opinion is just another term for disordered eating. While the intentions for following this way of nutritional thinking may be pure, there is a very high probability that you will fall slip into Orthorexic tendencies, as I and many others have discovered. I wrote a post a while back about the issue of giving your diet labels…and I think it sums it up nicely. Foods aren’t good or bad, and therefore cannot be clean or dirty.
While some foods do truly help in your body’s detoxification, the idea of a detox is that it is meant to cleanse and rid the body of toxins which supposedly build up. Often these diets involve starving oneself while sticking to a rigid, dubious meal plan or juice cleanse. I am fully in favour of eating more vegetables and fruits, but why people feel the need to puree and juice all their meals for three days, is beyond me. Drinking green juice doesn’t make you healthy, nor does it amend your horrendous diet the other 4 days of the week. Your body has a remarkable capacity for detoxifying on its own thank you very much. Just eat real food.
So my dear friend, STOP the superficial search for health. Embrace a balanced wholesome life, because to put it bluntly…ain’t nobody got time for fake.
Are there any health- words or phrases that bug you?