Has nutrition gone too far?June 2019
Do you have a healthy relationship with food? It’s a question I‘ve been asking myself lately. Wondering has nutrition gone too far. Everyone is an expert and telling you what you can’t eat. So now everyone is just straight up confused.
Before I studied nutrition I stopped eating fruit after reading a particular book about sugar. I did this in the hopes it would solve my tummy problems and the weight that just would not shift (it didn’t). Prior to reading this book, I had a healthy relationship with food and fruit, I ate two serves (sometimes more per day) and I never, ever questioned myself.
Fast forward to my life as a nutritionist and I am now back to eating and loving fruit, but also working with other women to have that healthy relationship too.
So I ask you, do you think main media nutrition has taken it too far? According to instagram and other online meadia outlets we should all be eating smoothie bowls that take 5hrs to decorate, or be vegan, or paleo, or pescatarian, the list goes on.
How to eat right, according to this nutritionist
I want to use the Men In Black flash-stick thing (I googled it, it’s called a neuralyzer – who knew?) and erase everyone’s memory and plant the following:
- Eat at least (read that again, at least!) 5 vegetables per day
- Eat 2 pieces of fruit per day
- Drink at least 2L of water per day
- Enjoy 2-3 glasses of alcohol on the weekend (if you want, your choice)
- Enjoy cake at celebrations; not everyday whilst buying your coffee
- Understand that food is to nourish, but taste is also important (ain’t nobody got time for steamed brussel sprouts)
- Remind you that food brings people together, just look back over the generations, food is family, recipes used to be passed on through the generations.
Somewhere along the way, we’ve lost our way.
How to have a healthy relationship with food
This is where you need to work on your mind. Nobody else is in control but you. Don’t feel guilty because you ate a brownie. Don’t punish yourself at the gym. Instead, take control of that negative thought.
9/10 when I am looking at a food diary of a client, they have the basics right. There are healthy, nutritious meals in that diary that I commend them for eating. But I can see also see when they’ve had a negative experience, or a binge. They ate something society considers “naughty”, so instead of enjoying it they think “oh well I’ve blown it, start again next Monday”. No. Same day, just continue on. Acknowledge what has happened and move forward. Just like you would in other aspects of your life.
You will never have a healthy diet, without a healthy mind. If you are speaking unkindly to yourself, you are self sabotaging your health.
Be thankful for the abundance of fresh food we have available to us today. We have so much choice. We are incredibly lucky.
Until next time… x
Written by Jessica Worth, Nutritionist, Sydney, Northern Beaches, Mona Vale
Jessica Worth works with women, just like you to help them get their groove back. And no I am not talking about dancing… let’s chat.