Food labels are dangerous

This a blog post I have been thinking about for a long time. I didn’t know if I was actually going to post it I accidentally pushed publish (Freudian slip?) and I could take it down but I’m not going to. Some of you will be pissed with me some of you will agree with me. It is very raw I am not going to change it. Mx

The further I get into my nutritional studies the more I realize that labeling ourselves a certain way is border line dangerous. An extreme view I know and don’t get me wrong I am ALL for eating healthy and ditching the junk food; there is a reason it’s called junk and calling it food is a stretch! Anyways, what I am talking about is the labels we assign to the WAY we eat this is NOT who we are. I have been a vegetarian for the last 20 years and it was a huge part of WHO I am. However, the way we eat should not make us who we are. It should not define us. Look at the language used I would say to people I’m a vegetarian and you give them the look and they give you the look of oh you’re a vegetarian and I’m like yeah I’m a vegetarian as if that means something more than I don’t eat animal flesh. Yeah like my shit doesn’t stink or something!

We all beat to our own drum and sadly we let things like what we eat or what our jobs are define us. Like I said I’m a vegetarian become a dogma to me rather than the food I ate. As if it says everything about me. Well it doesn’t it is not who I am it does not define me! It’s just like our jobs; we let that define us too. I’m a blah blah that makes me better than you or I’m a blah blah sorry about that I’m still a nice guy. I mean seriously people why are we so desperate to define ourselves why can’t we just be happy? (separate issue all together)

More and more I’m seeing two worrying things appearing. People who are so obsessed with what they eat they they can’t go out or enjoy a meal with friends as they are so worried that they might eat something that they wouldn’t normally eat. OMG exposure!!! (I”m not talking about very real food allergies where you will actually die if you eat an item then yes you really need to let people know what you can’t eat) however why become so obsessed with a way of eating that it is actually becoming unhealthy and detrimental to our health. Or the opposite of the scale were people really don’t care what they are putting in their mouths and this is killing them (all be it slowly) and their families.

There needs to be a healthy middle ground where you chose what you get in your own home and it you are out you can chose to partake in whatever is available or be a little organised and take our own. I often have picnics with the boys now as not only does it save us loads of money it is lots of fun. Of course it would also be our chosen food rather than what someone else has made but if I’m out and need food I buy whatever I feel like, enjoy it and move on. Move on people; enjoy and move one.

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Anyways back to the real issue of are food labels dangerous? I truly believe they are. I see time and time again people asking question about what they can or cant eat on xyz diet (I say diet as a way we eat rather than calorie restricting bullshit and not eating – whole different issue right there). When  what we should really be doing is listening to our bodies. I think a lot of us have lost that ability or have stopped listening. I’m not talking about the I NEED sugar now as my energy is actually low and I actually need to eat some real food but I forgot to eat nutritional food which would balance out my blood levels rather than a quick fix sugar hit to pick me up now as I will fall over if I don’t again that is a much wider issue.

I’m not saying you have to give up the way you are choosing to eat but be aware of why you are doing and please don’t let it be the be all and end all of who you are. So what does this mean for me? Will I suddenly go out and chew on a cow or run to the store and sink my teeth into some liver or order ribs or seafood at the next restaurant I go to? You know what I don’t know. In the 20 years I’ve chosen not to eat meat my body has never once told me to eat meat (or maybe I wasn’t listening?) Anyways it isn’t telling me now and when it does I will listen to it and do what it wants. For the same token if I want potatoes for dinner or sushi I will also listen to it.

So what will I choose to eat? Whatever I feel like! My body likes vegetables and homemade scratch cooking so that is what I choose to eat. Sometimes it might be nachos, sometimes it might be chachouka, or it might be chai pudding for tea or a plate of roasted vegetables. Whatever it is it will be (generally) home made, scratch cooked but if it’s not I’ll enjoy it and move on. I will no longer be dogmatic about not eating meat, I will no longer come across as being a pretentious git and judgie to others for their food choices. I will help others if they are willing to accept my help and find what nourishes their bodies,

Don’t get me wrong food and what we eat is important (hence why I’m training to be a nutritionist) however getting totally dogmatic and hung about what you’re eating can also cause you harm. So enjoy xyz and move on.

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