Some things about this field definitely made me go hmmmm. SO many questions pop into my head, but one has stood out time and time again that I feel the need to share my thoughts with ya’ll….
When did the health community become so judgmental?
Last week I read The Whole Tara’s “Why I’m Not Vegan Anymore.” In one sentence, she wrote about her changing eating habits so her body feels its best. She wrote many things that resonated with me, as I had very similar reasons for why I have adapted and evolved my own eating habits over the past decade. So when I read her follow up response I was surprised it was addressing so many hurtful comments about her food journey. But I guess I shouldn’t have been so surprised as many people, such as the former Blonde Vegan (now The Balanced Blonde), have expressed similar sentiments (and Jordan wrote a book about it!).
Personally, my eating habits have varied throughout my life from times when I refused to eat anything other than grilled chicken caesar salads (a teenager thing??) to an obsession with hot dogs (an under the age of 10 thing), to a strict vegan diet (in my early 20s). Now, my eating habits are exemplified every week on this blog and my Instagram…lots of plant-based meals, whole grains, wild fish, little dairy, and water ((lots of water)). Why? Because I have found this balance works for me.
Because that is what food should be about. The purpose of food is multifaceted and has many meanings, but its most basic purpose is to nourish our bodies to function at their optimal performance.
When I consistently eat a sustainable, mostly local, whole foods, pescatarian diet I notice I have more energy, my workouts feel easier, my asthma symptoms ease, and I am able to maintain my weight without much thought. If eating a certain way makes your body work better than it did following a trendy or popular eating plan, you should applaud that…and listen to your body!
Despite my extensive knowledge about health and nutrition and experience working in the field, I would never let my personal preferences deter someone from finding what works to fuel their body properly unless there was substantial evidence-based literature outlining detrimental effects from following said diet.
So if that’s a paleo lifestyle for you, or a vegan one, or maybe some combination along the spectrum, as long as you feel satisfied and in good health, with a healthy perspective when it comes to food, I applaud you.
Diet is individual. Health is individual. And I think it’s time for the health community to focus on supporting others’ good health instead of judging it! After all, aren’t we all looking for the same thing?
Cheers to good health!
How do you think the health community can become less judgmental?