I’d classify myself as a positive, optimistic person, a glass-half-full kinda gal. However the health industry (Food Companies, Magazines, Media Companies etc.) while well intentioned (I can only hope), preaches some pretty outdated health dogma that gets my blood boiling. The following is a list of my biggest health industry pet peeves, the ones I wish would go away already.
The idea of “Cheat Meals”
Last time I checked, food wasn’t a game. You can’t cheat. Along these lines I’m not a fan of labeling foods “good” or “bad.” That’s adding too much unnecessary emotional weight to things that don’t need it. Greatist had a great piece talking about why “cheat” meals are doing more harm than good.
The Term “Clean Eating”
Wait, so this means washing your produce right? But seriously what does it mean? There’s no real definition and everyone uses it differently. I like the idea of eating minimally processed foods, but why does everything need an ambiguous label? I’m sticking with my #HBTEF (human beings that eat food) club. You’re welcome to join…. well as long as you promise to always be a human being.
The Notion That We Need to “Detox”
Turns out our bodies already do that for us. Sweet. Now stop trying to tell me I have to drink juice all day to “clean” my system. (My liver’s doing all the heavy lifting on this one. #kthanksbye)
Calories are important. Yes. But making them the end all be all of your food choices ignores so many other important factors like whether that food has any nutritional value. Plus it’s easy to let counting become an obsession.
I see this everywhere, companies feeding off guilt (hello New Year’s Resolutions and “Bikini Season”) Eating something in excess or that you’ve labeled “bad” or “unclean” does not make you a bad, unclean person. The food police aren’t going to take away your healthy license – oh wait, that’s not a real thing, ok cool so what are we worried about again? Not to mention guilt can create stress, which can be damaging to our bodies. Be mindful of what you eat and focus on doing the best you can with what you’ve got, not being perfect.
Companies Using the “All-Natural” Label on Foods
It means nothing. Zilch. Nada. For the love of healthy food marketing, can we shut this one down already?
I’m sure there are plenty of other things I’ve micro-raged about either to myself or anyone kind enough to listen, but I’m more interested in hearing what gets YOUR blood boiling…
What is your biggest health industry pet peeve? (the thing that makes you cringe or roll your eyes)