So it seems that part of the deal of having a nutrition blog is to have an opinion of food. Whether that be by sharing photos of meals or releasing 4-week weight loss E book it seems that everyone with an opinion on food is eager to share it with us.
It seems to go a bit like this:
Blogger is interested in food/nutrition/fitness. Blogger shares articles on why they don’t eat carbs using “science” and all of a sudden you’re questioning your decision to have that pasta for lunch.
I don’t know if you’ve noticed but I do very little sharing of my own eating habits and food beliefs on here and there’s a good reason for that.
Well, they are mine that’s why.
I don’t (and never will) pretend that the way I eat is right for you. I share recipes because I think it helps to see the wide range of ingredients that I cook with. I eat sausages and chocolate as well as quinoa and sweet potato- and much else besides.
When I was in my undergrad, I remember seeing a recipe on a Dietitian’s blog and being shocked that it contained bacon. But that’s a processed meat! I said to myself. Don’t Dietitians eat healthily?
I’ve since learned a lot about “healthy eating”.
For some it will mean having green smoothies, gogi berries and acai bowls. But for some, it won’t include any of these things. If you want to eat these things – go for it! But eat them because you enjoy the taste of them not because you think you’re eating healthily or are getting some fantastic health benefit. You might be, but I bet you could get the same benefit from everyday foods too.
For me personally, it means eating in a way that excites me. I know what healthy food is and I am acutely aware of what it takes to satisfy my body. I eat from a wide range of foods that I find tasty and filling. Sometimes I eat too much. I eat plenty of vegetables because I like the taste of them and because they make me feel good.
When people ask my opinion on food I do my best to make my answer evidence based. If I don’t eat something I honestly tell people why – and the vast majority of the time its because I simply don’t like it. I don’t try and justify my food choices. I don’t have to. I’m intrinsically eating what I know to be good for me- taste and nutrient wise.
I’ve been told many times that perfectly healthy food is “bad” for us for no good reason at all and this makes me sad. If sugar truly were bad for everyone, don’t you think that through the collective knowledge and expertise of all the experts in the world, we’d know this for sure?
I think we’ve gotten a little lost when it comes to ‘healthy eating.’ We’re ‘gramming our best-est, healthiest dishes in a contest to be the best. To be seen to be taking the best care of ourselves or trying the hardest to be healthy. The truth is that there is no one way of being healthy, you have to find what is going to work best for you.
But, hey, that’s just my opinion 😉