Dispelling nutrition myths, ranting, and occasionally, raving


Where did her body go?

I was standing in line at the grocery store on the weekend and I noticed a magazine with a photo of Britney Spears in a bikini with the headline “How Britney Got Her Body Back!”. I didn’t take a photo of the magazine because I felt like that would be weird. Instead, I promptly googled it when I got to the car. I couldn’t find the current issue but I did discover that this wasn’t the first time Brit got her body back.


It would also seem that she’s not the first celeb to have lost and found her body.

Apparently, over the years, myriad celebrities have been losing their bodies and then having them returned. Someone should really get Scully and Mulder on this.

Seriously though, why do we tend to believe that we are less ourselves when there is more of ourselves? What a weird species/society we are. What a shame that we can’t celebrate and respect bodies of all shapes and sizes. What a pity that when a woman gains weight during pregnancy it’s as though she’s been invaded by body snatchers and not providing a nurturing environment to her child.

I know that it’s a difficult frame of mind to escape. It’s hard to “feel like yourself” when your body is different from the way it’s always been. But let’s start trying. Ladies (and gents) your body is always your own. Try to treat it with love and respect no matter what your weight may be.

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Follow Friday: Julia vs Gwyneth


Lots of talk on the twitterverse about Gwyneth Paltrow’s new cookbook It’s All Good. While I haven’t seen it myself, and the recipes therein may be perfectly tasty and nutritious, she’s been slammed for including quackery in her forward. Julia Belluz has an article in MacLean’s detailing what aspects of Gwynnie’s advice are pseudoscience and why these statements are potentially damaging to readers. As I’ve mentioned before, I find it exceedingly frustrating that nearly everyone thinks they’re a nutrition expert and people readily latch on to ideas extolled by celebs. Just because you eat (and seemingly in Gwyneth’s case, this may be an overstatement) does not make you a dietitian.

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Everyone’s an expert

Why are we so celebrity obsessed? It seems like the majority of people are far more likely to listen to celebrities, especially actors and singers, than to educated professionals.

I was at the gym last week and there was a news channel on one of the televisions in front of me. They had a segment on in which a young actress was extolling the virtues of her “cruelty free” diet. Essentially a vegan diet as far as I could tell. The newscaster was saying what a great diet it must be because she’s so slim. Really? Yes, a primarily plant-based diet is a healthy diet. However, this actress likely had no education in nutrition or health. Being skinny doesn’t necessarily mean that she’s healthy. Nor does it mean that she is a good person from whom to take dietary advice.

It’s unfortunate that we place so much weight on the opinions of a small group of beautiful elite. Yes, they’re entitled to their opinions. Yes, they may even know what they’re talking about. However, they very well may not know what they’re talking about. Everyone has an opinion on food. Eating does not make a person a nutrition expert.