A couple of my clients advised me to give this documentary a watch, a vlogger, Grace Victory, delving into the world of "clean eating".
She uses social media, speaking to those with a high following, and looking at their beliefs, how they lost weight and what their mantra is for living a "clean" lifestyle.
After spending thirty minutes shouting at my TV set, I thought it would be a good idea to let out my views of what is right and what is wrong with this confusing programme.
Grace spends a lot of her time speaking to extremists, vegans and some vblogger (I'm not even going to attempt to remember her name) who followed a potato diet (yeh, all you eat is potatoes for 30 days. Good one).
She also manages to go online and qualify as a raw eating nutritionist at the cost of £29.99, taking her thirty minutes to pass.
She speaks of "nutritionists" who claim they can cure cancer with nutrition (and are now in prison for fraud) and another who claimed she had cancer and cured it with food (only to be found she never had cancer in the first place).
Crazy. Crazy. Crazy.
Sadly, yes, there are people out there who call themselves nutritionists, dieticians and food "gurus". Its scary. But its also a choice as to whether you take their advise or not.
It reminds me of the documentary a few years back which showed people driving off the road and landing in ditches, off cliffs and into park areas when their sat-navs directed them to.
Have you not a brain cell in your head?
If I got in touch with a "nutritionist" and she told me I would lose 10lbs if I only ate potatoes day and night, I would refuse and would keep my money locked in my bank account. I know that i would get to a point that even looking at a potato would having me running in the other direction if that was all I was "allowed" to eat.
Now, yes, I do have a qualification in nutrition. I am really interested in nutrition and love to study, read, and experiment on myself. So I have a fair bit of knowledge and can sniff out bullcrap more than your average Joe who will do whatever it takes to lose 30lbs.
But the fault of the population is this magic pill they are seeking to lose weight.
This documentary doesn't look at healthy lifestyle. It looks at diets, extreme approaches to food and people with eating disorders. Does this cover clean eating?
Not in my opinion.
Grace does state that clean eating means different things to different people. But I totally disagree.
The people Grace is speaking to don't follow clean eating. They follow diets, they look at cults and people who are advertising that quick fix.
They are more interested in gaining more followers on social media than they are on helping people to a healthier lifestyle. How can you then state that clean eating is different for everyone when you are just analysing diets?
Whilst I found this programme to be really informative in terms of telling people to research the people they are taking advise from, it could have finished with a piece about how to be healthy and how to live in moderation. It doesn't have to be "eat no carbs", "be vegan" or "lose weight". It was their perfect opportunity to cover that there are professionals in the fitness industry who care about people, want them to be healthy and want to give them the skill sets to eat balanced, well and whole foods without having to cut out their chocolate, alcohol and/or eating out with friends.
It disappoints me that these type of programmes, "How to lose weight well" was another one, that covers orthorexia (a disorder where it takes searching out for clean eating foods to an extreme) but then doesn't follow up with any information of how to follow a healthy lifestyle.
Now, thats the rant over.
I will leave you with this.
An example of a nutrition plan that I give clients. A healthy breakfast, a lunch, a dinner, 2 snacks and a dessert. Having freedom at the weekend to eat out. Taking into consideration a glass of beer or wine that would like to be had when you kick back on a saturday night.
Dont deprive yourself. Don't put pressure on yourself to be perfect with food. We all have times when we feel more hungry so eat more. We go for a coffee and, ooohhh, we fancy a latte and a muffin. It won't kill you.
It will effect your waistline if you begin making it a daily habit.
Everything in moderation.
If you are still confused, seek advise from a professional you trust or look at ideas for meals and try cooking healthy dinners, with enough left over that you can take to work with you the next day for lunch.
Give yourself enough time to eat in the morning and take your time with your meals.
It will provide you with the results you are after without having to feel hungry and frustrated and thinking you are missing out on life itself.
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