Dispelling nutrition myths, ranting, and occasionally, raving

Another crazy “healthy” celeb diet

4 Comments

imgres

Not long after reading about the ridiculous diet of that Moon Juice woman, I came across an article detailing some celeb cookbook sisters weekend diet. I’d never heard of them before but they’re allegedly healthy cookbook authors who shock people by eating meat and butter. I say allegedly healthy because if this weekend of eating is indicative of their regular diet then I’m not so sure that they should be held up as paragons of health.

I like the fact that their diets include plenty of veg, nuts, and seeds. I just feel like there’s this weird health rebellion going on right now where people are going to two extremes simultaneously. They’re drinking mushroom tea and hot chicory root water because they want to avoid the unfairly maligned coffee. By the way, there are many health benefits associated with drinking coffee, it’s the added crap that people put in coffee that makes not the greatest choice (plus, too much of anything can be bad for you but starting your day with coffee is a-okay). Okay, so they won’t drink coffee or eat flour. Yet alcohol, a known carcinogen, featured prominently over these days. Certainly not following the low-risk drinking guidelines. Now, I’m certainly not a teetotaller. I enjoy a beer or glass of wine now and then but I’m also not drinking several drinks a day, nor am I going on about coffee being the “kind of stimulant I don’t need in my life”. Hypocritical much?

While red meat can certainly be a part of a healthy diet, it’s more of a sometimes food in my books. If you want to be a wellness guru fine, cut out refined grains, but know that there is a clearer link between red meat consumption and cancer than there is between bread and any ailment.

Maybe it’s just me, maybe it’s a dietitian problem, but this sort of thing rubs me the wrong way. Eat what you want, but don’t claim that your diet of extremes is a healthy way for everyone to eat. Drinking mushroom tea in the morning doesn’t somehow cancel out steak and cocktails in the evening. That’s not really how nutrition works. It’s like saying that eating an apple for dessert makes your lunch of a double cheeseburger, fries, and a Coke a zero sum game. Sorry, nope. Eat healthfully most of the time (that means whole foods, plenty of veg, fruit, grains, protein, and water) and enjoy some treats. You don’t need to drink mushroom tea.

Advertisements

Author: Diana

I'm a registered dietitian from Nova Scotia, living and working in Ontario, Canada. My goal is to help people relearn how to have a healthy relationship with food.

4 thoughts on “Another crazy “healthy” celeb diet

  1. Love this. I find the same kind of approach to exercise fanatics and all the supposedly healthy things to do. Somewhere along the way common sense became a forgotten way of life. Now time for some mushroom tea

    Like

  2. I couldn’t read through the whole article; the first lady seemed a bit too full of herself for me to take advice from. I’ll stick with my 2 or 3 black coffees a day and whole grain bread several times each week. And thanks for the link to the alcohol guidelines; except for the occasional camping weekend I stay well within the suggested limits.

    Like

    • I’m sure most of us have strayed from the guidelines at some point or another. Especially in our youth. I know I have. But it’s definitely good to know that over indulging can have negative consequences.

      Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s