November 13, 2014
Nutrition is NOT a Religion!
New video. It’s kind of a rant.
Today I wanna talk about something that’s been on my mind for the past several months. I noticed that every time I post something related to food or nutrition, I get a ton of comments hating on the way I eat!
People telling me that I’m so unhealthy and such a terrible role model. That I’m eating too low carb, too low fat, too much protein, not enough calories, too many calories, that I just love eating chicken periods and cow pus.
Look, I am all for learning, understanding, and making wise decisions for my own life and my own body, which, mind you, is VERY DIFFERENT than yours…so why do you feel like it’s ok to put down what I do and praise your way of eating?
What bothers me most is that I’m seeing the healthy living community break off into little cults that don’t want to accept one another’s views. There are the clean eaters, the IIFYMers, the vegans, the raw vegans, the low carbers, the paleo people, the gluten free bunch…
From reading the comments I see on my own posts and others, I can see the rise of religion in the healthy eating world. I don’t like it because you know what I see? I don’t see people sharing information for the genuine purpose of helping people. I see people yelling at others, telling them they’re wrong, and IMPOSING their ideas upon others with no room to breathe.
Stop making it like a religion because nutrition isn’t a religion!
By treating one way of eating as THE way, you’re saying that anything beyond “the way” is sinning. Anyone not following YOUR way is a sinner.
My body is different than yours. What works for me, may not work for you. What works for you may not work for me! I was pescatarian for 4 years. I tried being vegan for a little bit. But now I just eat clean. And I’ve been doing that for the longest time. It’s the most sustainable for me.
And you know what? It makes me happy. It gives me energy to teach all my classes, work out hard, and a run a business. It’s given me the results that I want and it’s easy for me to embrace it in my lifestyle. Anyone who says that I have no energy for my workouts according to the way I eat, I invite you to take my POP Pilates classes and be my gym buddy for a day.
It’s very much like working out. You’ve got to find the one that works for you! If you wake up just loathing your next workout, then you need to find something else. For me, it’s Pilates, dance and weight lifting. For you it may be Zumba, Crossfit, Yoga, or Running! The best workout is the one you look forward to. The one you can stick to.
Look, I care about you. I care about your health. And I will share with you everything I know. That’s why I started Blogilates. But never, will I EVER impose my beliefs on you and shame you for not being the way I am. Because my way isn’t the only way…it’s one of the MANY ways you can get fit.
Your food and the way you eat is your decision. Feel free to experiment. See what works. See what doesn’t. You body is smart. It will positively react to what it likes and negatively react to what it does not like.
True story. I got an email last week from one of you guys asking for an exchange on the 8 Week Hot Body Meal Guide. Originally she had bought the Vegan Plan but now wanted the regular. I thought it was pretty abnormal…like if you’re vegan, you should probably stick to the vegan plan right? Well turns out she had just gone to the doctor to seek advice on a bunch of internal health issues. After getting her blood test results back, her doctor told her that she really needed to get off of her vegan diet in order to nurse her body back to health.
Personally for me, I noticed that when I cut dairy out of my diet, my skin looks way better and I don’t get pimples. I also notice that when I eat bread and rice, I bloat super easily and my intestines get uncomfortable. So I don’t eat it too much of it anymore. It’s all trial and error.
Please remember that there is no one diet for all people. We’re all made of up different cells and different genes. We’re from different cultures. Different families. We all have different nutrient needs based on who we are. It’s as simple as that.
So guys – the moral of today’s rant is this. Nutrition isn’t a religion. Eat the healthiest diet that makes you happy.
Never impose your beliefs on anyone else. Live to learn and live to share. There is not one right way. There are MANY RIGHT WAYS.
Peace on POPsters! Love you.
PS: OH! And for the record. People who are saying that my “What I eat in a day” video is irresponsible and that I am eating 1200 calories, I am not sure where you got your information from. I don’t count calories anymore, but the overwhelming attack on my food intake called for this calculation. So here it is.
Breakfast: Banana Pancakes with Raspberries
272 cals, 33g carbs, 10g fat, 14g protein
Post workout: Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothie
311 cals, 44g carbs, 5g fat, 23g protein
Snack: Celery and Hummus
113 cals, 13g carbs, 6g fat, 5g protein
Lunch: Seafood Salad with Asian Peanut Vinaigrette Dressing
337 cals, 18g carbs, 7g fat, 48g protein
Dinner: Creamy Chicken Apple Lettuce Wraps
374 cals, 32g carbs, 3g fat, 51g protein
Dessert: Raspberry White Chocolate Quest Cookies
190 cals, 23g carbs, 8g fat, 20g protein
TOTAL: 1597 cals, 163g carbs, 39g fat, 161g protein
Also please keep in mind that this is a random snapshot of what I eat in a day in the summer. Some days I may eat more or less. It just depends what’s on the menu.
PPS: My vegan beauties out there, I hear ya on the ethical front. I think if people were to kill their own meat, it’d be a different story. There would be less meat consumed. I 100% agree that the way slaughterhouses kill animals is inhumane and horrendous. I think everyone should educate themselves on this topic instead of being completely blind and emotionless to the situation. You guys are correct that veganism is more of a compassionate lifestyle rather than simply a diet. It is definitely something that people should work towards if it works for their body.