My food preferences have definitely changed since I started my blog. I’m consuming chia seeds, nutritious powders, raw cocoa, a lot of almond butter, coconut-based items, and other things I wouldn’t have considered eating a few years ago.
In addition, I now have a far more holistic approach to my health and how I power my body – I really believe I’ve reached my sweet spot over the last few years. Balance is important to me, and although this does not fit for everybody, it works for me. I need cake in my life; let’s face it, life will be dull without it!
Personally, I believe that society’s call for healthy eating habits and the mission to eradicate obesity can only be beneficial. However, what I’ve found, and what really irritates me, is that a small minority of us are now becoming morally concerned with our food choices, particularly with the emergence of the “clean eating brigade.”
Have you ever had to decide what to prepare for breakfast in the morning? You crave Nutella-topped toast, but your conscience tells you that a green smoothie with more vegetables and nutritious benefit will be a much better alternative – who’s to say which is the inferior option?
Each must be seen in its proper form. Okay, Nutella isn’t the healthiest of foods, but it’s perfectly acceptable as part of a well-balanced diet. I, for one, adore Nutella and Biscoff spread and would never give it up. It isn’t anything I eat on a regular basis, but every now and then I like a spoonful straight from the box.
The fact that we tend to swing from one side to the other is very concerning. In the one hand, there is the desire to make people diet well, and on the other hand, there is the tendency to demonise someone’s eating habits just because they do not match another’s specific tastes.
To be honest, I am guilty of this as well, always labelling my green smoothies on Instagram as “starting the day the best way…” and then polishing my safe living halo afterwards. In the blogging community, there is a lot of this, and as a result, all of us fell into the competition pit.
Many that do not belong to the priestly faction of healthy, low-carb, and ethically sourced food will also feel inferior as a consequence of their own food decisions. Healthy eating can not be thought of as a one-way street; it is multi-directional, intimate, and special to each individual.
It’s nice to be surrounded by people who share your food philosophy, but it’s also necessary to accept other people’s decisions if they differ from yours. True, there are many philosophical concerns around food, such as deliveries to third-world nations, but this can not be linked to lifestyle decisions.
We should be respectful and welcoming of people’s decisions (as long as no psychological or physical damage results) and lend a hand when they ask for assistance or sound like they need a boost. At the end of the day, we’re just unique people with our own lives and perspectives about what constitutes fitness.
The emphasis should be on living a happy and healthy life rather than dismissing someone’s food decisions because they differ from your own.
What are your thoughts on nutritional superiority? Have you ever been judged because of your food choices?