Another one of my biggest pet peeves is when people break foods down and call them by a singular nutrient.
This irks me in a huge way majorly because I was guilty of this.
Now when I see it all over Instagram and other blogs, I just roll my eyes. This peeve of mine has helped in significantly reducing the amount of blogs I read. I simply get annoyed when a whole food is reduced to one of it’s elements.
I am studying nutrition to become a holistic health coach. Yes, I know that it is not a dietitian or nutritionist. I do not claim to be those things. Yet, I do not understand when these same dietitians and health “role models” continue to speak of foods in regard to what they consider the “most important” part of that food.
Just because you’re eating a baked potato does not mean that the only good thing about that potato is #carbsfordayz
A potato also has potassium, protein, fiber and tons of Vitamin C.
Also, by reducing a food to a singular nutrient, you take the love and comfort out of the food.
Think about it. Say you sit down to eat with your friend and ask what they’re eating and they say,
“I’m having a carb.”
What image comes to mind? Not too much right? Snore. Move on from that table and sit with someone else.
Instead, if they say,
“I’m having mashed potatoes and gravy.”
That image is a lot more relatable and fun right? Mashed potatoes sound delicious!
I also think that people want to confess to eating something like #carbz or #fatz yet brag about eating #proteinz because #gainz
I would need a few hundred hands to count the number of times the description of a meal has the hashtag #carbs when it is followed by the hashtag #legday or #gymsession
Why does this matter? Honestly I am guilty of doing this in the past too (but lets be real, my “gym session” is laughable). When describing a recipe of some sort, it makes sense to embellish it with a statement about the nutrition in the food, but for most of us, there is no need to explain your food choice.
Understand this: YOU, yes YOU, do not need to JUSTIFY your food choices to anyone.
There, you’re free. You can eat WHATEVER you want and NOT TELL ANYONE what is in it or WHY you chose to eat that.
You can leave the gym and eat apples, bread, cheese, cookies or GOD FORBID EAT NOTHING and it’s NO ONE’S BUSINESS but YOUR OWN!
Rant coming to a close:
It’s called bread.
It’s called banana.
It’s called avocado.
It’s called a cookie.
Food is more than #carbz, #protein and #fat.
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Have a macronutrient-free day, and enjoy your food.