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Should dietitians use #eatclean on social media?

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A friend shared this article with me last month. For those of you who can’t be bothered to click links or belong to the TL;DR camp (of which, I’ll admit, I’m a frequent member) let me give you the briefest of synopses. It was about clean eating, why people got so sucked in by the notion, and why it won’t freaking die already.

Reading about all of the self-appointed “clean eating” wellness gurus got me thinking about how many of us who rail against fad diets are also inadvertently complicit in keeping them alive. I see lots of well-intentioned dietitians using hashtags like #cleaneating and #eatclean on their Instagram posts. Personally, I prefer the tag #eatdirty although I don’t think it garners me as many likes as it hasn’t quite caught on in the way that I had hoped. Anyhow… I’m not here to judge my fellow RDs. I’m not even sure how I feel about this myself.

There’s a part of me that thinks it’s good for dietitians to be appropriating the “eat clean” hashtag. By doing so, perhaps they’re reaching people who are all-in on the trendy diet train but who might benefit from seeing sensible nutrition and food suggestions from a nutrition professional. On the other hand, is using these hashtags on Instagram lending legitimacy to them? Isn’t it possible that by using the hashtags, no matter the content, it’s implying that the RD posting supports the notion of clean eating? And for all I know, maybe they do, not all of us are on the same page. But let’s assume that they’re using it, not because they believe in “eating clean” (which means nothing by the way), and not because they’re just trying to get more likes (I know, terribly cynical of me), but because they want to show people who are into “clean eating” a more balanced way of approaching food. Is it cool for dietitians to be using the hashtags for this purpose? Even if it means that it lends an air of legitimacy to a silly fad diet. Does the end justify the means? Or would it be better if we risked only preaching to the choir by using hashtags that truly represent our personal philosophies toward food and our professional opinions?

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Follow Friday @VincciRD

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I’ve been following Vincci on social media for years now. She’s one of the first dietitians I followed, actually. Personally, I’m not interested in the generic nutrition tips that come from many social media accounts run by RDs. Fortunately, Vincci’s not like that. She shares photos of LOTS of delicious food that she eats (and sometimes prepares) on her Instagram account. On Twitter she shares nutrition tips, true, but she also shares her own experiences and opinions.

If you’re looking for support and motivation kickstarting your own healthy eating habit you might want to sign-up for her free 4-3-2-1 Countdown to Wellness Challenge. This challenge will help you figure out what matters most, focus on that, and navigate all of the nutrition nonsense out there. Did I mention it’s free??

You can find Vincci blogging on her website (along with loads of other great stuff). She also blogs at Ceci n’est pas un food blog where she shares things around Calgary and some lovely recipes. Like and follow her on Facebook too.

 


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Follow Friday: @chefjacqueslamerde

This Wired article in one of my google alerts alerted (hmm… could probably do with a synonym there) me to this hilarious Instagram account. It was created by a real chef as a parody of the pretentious world of gourmet food.

How could you not love things like this dish made of “elite fish imported from Sweden”?

WHEN U HAVE SOIGNÉ INGREDIENTS, U RLLY HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO JUST LET THAT FOOD SPEAK 2 UR GUESTS MOUTH FOR U. U MITE NEED TO ADD A BIT OF FANCY MOSS, OR MAYBE A LITTLE ASH BUT IN GENERAL U JUST NEED SOME TWEEZERS AND A LITTLE RESTRAINT!!!! JOSE AND I CREATED THIS DISH AROUND SOME PRETTY ELITE FISH WE GOT IMPORTED FROM SWEDEN!!!! WE MADE A SIMPLE CEVICHE OUT OF THESE *SWEDISH FISH* USING SOME OF THAT GREEN MEXICAN GATORADE, AND THEN ADDED LTD EDITION BANANA BERRY MINIONS CEREAL, SOME MINI EGGS AND JUST KIND OF SORTED IT ON A PUDDLE OF FROSTIN WE MADE BLUE BECAUSE CONCEPTUALLY IT MADE A RESONATION W/ US!!!!! FUN DIP POWDER BRO DUST!!!!! #soigné #theartofplating #cheflyfe #tweezers #fourmagazine #wildchefs #hashtagfood #swedishfish #yearofthecrudo #minieggs #yassssss #minions #bananaberry #fundip #likmaid

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or this beautiful Velveeta plate?

SUMTIMES WHEN IM PLATIN ITS LIKE MY BRAIN HAS A MIND OF ITS OWN AND ILL START W/ ONE INGREDIENT IM FOCUSSED ON, BUT BY THE TIME IM DONE THERE WILL BE LIKE 3 FOAMS, 14 FUNCTIONAL GARNISHES AND 2 FLUID GELS AND EVEN THO IT LOOKS AMAZIN, AND SO SO SOIGNÉ, I KNO I NEED 2 JUST THROW THE PLATE AGAINST THE WALL AND TRY AGAIN.  TONITES SPEC IS A TRIBUTE TO 1 OF MY FAVE INGREDIENTS AND IT WAS RLLY HARD FOR ME 2 NOT START TWEEZIN ON ALL KINDS OF ADDITIONS, BUT U KNO WUT BROS??? WHEN UR WORKIN W/ A GREAT PRODUCT, EVERYTHING U ADD UR ACTUALLY TAKIN AWAY FROM ITS OVERALL CRED.  SOMETIMES THE LOUDEST SHOUT IS ACTUALLY A WHISPER!!!!!!! VELVEETA BRICK CUT INTO THE SHAPE OF A CIRCLE, VELVEETA FOAM, DEHYDRATED VELVEETA SLICE TUILE, VELVEETA CREMA, VELVEETA FONDUE, CRUSHED UP CHEEZE SANDWICH CRACKER SOIL, EDIBLE FLOWERS!!!!! #100psoigné #theartofplating #gastroart #plateswagger #chefart #foodie #velveeta #negativespace #tweezers #foodporn #sponsored #liquidgold #YAAASSSSS

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Follow Friday: @FoodShareFilter

Now you can feel a little less guilty about filling up your followers Instagram feeds with photos of your food. There’s an app for that! The FoodShareFilter edits your photos onto a template that provides information about world hunger and a portion of the proceeds from all sales of the app go to Manos Unidas a charity which supports agricultural programs in El Salvador.