Sunday, 9 November 2014

Why I will not be 'clean eating'

Firstly, being healthy is great. Eating healthily and working out is great for your mind and body. However, only eating 'healthy' food is not so great. Neither is working out obsessively. Going from one obsession (anorexia/bulimia) to another (orthorexia) is not real recovery. It's simply exchanging one coping mechanism for another extreme yet more socially accepted one. The likes of 'clean eating' and 'fitspo' may look healthy when you're scrolling through instagram and twitter, but if you are unable to eat the cake that your friend baked for you, then I seriously question how healthy you actually are.

To be honest, people can eat and do what they want, and for the most part I couldn't give a damn. But, it does bother me when so called 'role models' inspire others by consuming quest bars and protein shakes/powders, running 10k before I've even dressed myself in the morning, and honoring the new 'strong not skinny' mantra which has apparently replaced the infamous 'nothing tastes as good as skinny feels'.

Now, I'm sorry but this is not healthy. Having a low body fat percentage is not cool, even if it is disguised underneath newly formed muscles. Women need a certain amount of body fat to get their period, for their hormones to work properly, and for healthy bones. It would be a a great shame if you couldn't have children due to the fact you wanted toned abs and an ultra fit lifestyle, wouldn't it? Similarly, your body needs a variety of nutrients. Only consuming protein is not healthy, especially for those recovering from anorexia. Our bodies can only use x amount of protein a day compared to being able to use ALL of the carbs and fats we consume (which will then be used to repair the damage caused during the months/years of restriction). 

I am not against eating healthy foods. In fact, I love fruit, veg, wholegrains, nuts, fish etc (I'll be honest, I just love food!) but only eating these is not an obsession I will ever develop. If you can't eat Sunday dinner with your family, ice cream on a sunny day, chocolate when you're drowning in your dissertation (yep, my hands are up!), then you are not recovered. You are still consumed by rigid rules, fear and let's face it, an eating disorder. 

So please, spare me your quest bar. I'll take some dairy milk, thanks.


Sarah Robertson said...

Major love for this post, and exactly what I needed to hear this morning...

charlienin said...

I fully agree with you! I love my food, but consider everything in moderation and treats as key. Food isn't the centre of my life, but I'll be damned if I don't enjoy it when it's put in front of me!
Cx / Bloglovin

Jasmin Charlotte said...

Love this! I just think that there are so many fad diets out there especially at the moment but just eat things in moderation and you will be fine! if I want to eat a chocolate bar because it makes me happy and tastes delicious then I am going to and I am not going to feel guilty about it! xx

Jasmin Charlotte | UK Lifestyle Blog

Kenzie Smith said...

I cannot, and will not, eat just healthy foods because I love all food too much! Whoever says nothing tastes better than skinny feels has clearly not had pizza ;)

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