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Health Food Junkie || The Negative Consequence of "Clean Eating"

If you were living in ancient China you might have run into the Grain-Free Monks. These monks went around proclaiming that their diet, which consisted of abstaining from 5 specific grains, would lead to miraculous cures. According to Alan Levinovitz, author of “The Gluten Lie” these monks were promising their followers that if followed properly their diet would lead to, “perfect health, eternal youth, immortality, the ability to fly and teleport”(1). Alan continues to say, “Despite basic logic and evidence to the contrary, the philosophy of the grain-free monks gained popularity.”

Fast forward to our modern age, open up Instagram and what do you see? Dietary “gurus” all shouting from the rooftop that THEIR diet will give you perfect health. By abstaining from x, y, and z you will be able to eliminate toxins, cure cystic acne, destroy cancer cells, rid your body of inflammation, burn body fat and well you’ve seen these posts :)

Everyone and their dog have some MIRACLE cure to all of your bodily symptoms. What's so fascinating to me is that every diet guru has procured different and often contradictory dietary laws to achieve sed health. Some say meat is toxic, others believe that meat is a superfood. Some say that fruit is the best purest food out there, others claim it's too much sugar and should be consumed minimally. Just like the followers of the Grain-Free Monks, we gobble this stuff up as we look for eternal health and wellbeing.

BUT IS THERE A DIET THAT CAN GUARANTEE US PERFECT HEALTH?

The short answer to this question is NO but listen I get it, we all want to take care of our body, have good health, feel energetic, and have clear skin. It's not BAD or WRONG to want to improve your health but thinking that achieving the perfect balance of kale to spirulina is going to give you everlasting health is misguided and doesn't --can’t-- guarantee immortality.

Unfortunately, these diet gurus are preying on our vulnerabilities and insecurities to sell us their diet (and their overpriced vegan collagen powder). They then make it feel as though we are not "good" people if we eat anything that is not to their high standards. When following these diets one may feel righteous or superior than others. So besides our wallets feeling a little light and our ego getting a boost, what's so wrong with following all these dietary fads?

ORTHOREXIA-- I’m wondering if you have come across or know of this term? Orthorexia is the fixation of clean eating or eating foods that one deems healthy. Emphasis here on FIXATION. Orthorexia becomes an OBSESSION and has a lot of negative consequences to one's mental and physical health.

Eating well to nourish your body is not bad at all. Having an anxiety attack because the barista accidentally put regular milk in your matcha latte when you specifically ordered with almond milk (and which you paid an extra dollar for) is where this whole healthy thing goes wrong.

The video below will share with you the downfalls of chasing PERFECTION with food.

(1) Levinovitz, A. (2015). Science Fiction is Still Fiction. In The gluten lie: And other myths about what you eat (p. 13). New York: Regan Arts.

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