Sugar free living and clean eating is SURELY just a fad diet. Like countless others I’ve probably just jumped on the latest bandwagon in a bid to lose a few extra pounds.
If you believe that, or are only interested in a ‘sugar free, clean diet’ for quick weight loss then off you trot, no need to read on.
Some TV shows, blogs and newspaper articles have recently almost blamed online food movements for body image issues and even for fuelling eating disorders. What a load of rubbish! Eating disorders are a mental health issue, not something you can ‘catch’ from browsing the internet. That there’s a lot more information online for anyone suffering to research is certainly true, but that also goes for many other mental health vices too. A simple Google search will quickly prove that.
Body image is a completely different subject and not one I tend to address as I prefer to promote good health regardless of looks, but what I will say is this: when UK tabloids happily give column inches comparing two bikini clad celebrities’ bodies – one in her late teens and the other in her late twenties who is also a mother of two children – where could these body image issues possibly be stemming from? Certainly not from a boring photo I post of my lunchtime salad hashtagged #cleaneating, I’m sure.
Last year I read about a journalist who tried sugar free living for a few weeks (even eliminating peas and fruit!), the national newspaper pull out featured it over a two-page spread but it was a totally ridiculous diet that she understandably struggled with (‘apples are out, kale is in’) and one that I certainly don’t associate with sugar free living. There’s nothing wrong with an apple, with its 10g of sugar. I’m totally happy to eat that 10g, thank you very much. It’s hardly two biscuits and a can of coke, is it?
Others have been bashing the ‘Clean Eating’ movement. So what does clean eating even mean? To me, clean eating insinuates removal of processed foods. What on earth is wrong with that? Ok – perhaps we should all keep chocolate, biscuits, cake and ready meals as part of our daily food intake. Now, let’s all also become magically healthy at the same time. Achievable? It just makes no sense to me at all.
How can it be dangerous that I drink no fizzy drinks, no fruit juice, no sugar in my tea? Eat no chocolates, biscuits, or sweets? I avoid honey and dried fruit. And I eat less refined carbs than I used to, replacing them with complex carbs instead. I happily and readily eat butter, olive oil, nuts, coconut products, all meat and fish and all dairy products.
So now tell me, which part of my sugar free clean eating diet sounds dangerous, or faddy to you?
Or maybe it just sounds ‘cleaner’ than it used to be, just as it does to me.