Food elitism is a serious affliction in our society today.
I’m totally kidding, but it is something I’ve noticed a lot lately.
I don’t think it necessarily comes from malice, but more so from people with a passion for health, quality food and a strong belief in the way they choose to eat.
Oh hey there, fancy breakfast.
Have I been guilty of this? Probably. I’m sorry. Perhaps my passion for real food has made me share why all the garbage in a processed slice of plastic-wrapped cheese will keep them from feeling their best (I’m sorry Jenny ).
But food shaming is no way to spread information or to create a good change towards healthier eating for our society.
Grocery store sushi (I know David just cringed).
I’m not immune from feeling the other side either. Just as I strongly believe in eating whole, unprocessed food as much as possible, there are others who feel just as strongly, if not more so, about not eating animals, or grains, or dairy.
Took my first Pure Barre class yesterday! Tell you more about it soon!
I’ve been told I’m destroying my child’s health by giving her cow’s milk. I’ve been told that gluten will make me sick and fat. I’ve been told that eating beef is cruel and will wreck havoc on my cholesterol.
Then what the heck is left to eat?!
Delicious combo of farmers market tomato, cucumber, fresh basil, feta, balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
And clearly I need to clean my camera lens.
I’ve said it before, but health is so personal and we are all starting from different points. Finding your own healthy means a lot of trial and error and finding the balance that leaves YOU feeling fueled and satisfied. Feelings of shame and guilt don’t help anyone along in their journey.
I’m against food shaming, food snobbery and saying ‘ewwww’ when someone else is eating something you don’t like, healthy or not.
I’m all for sharing information, personal stories and recipes that you love. I love reading about what works for someone and why, whether it floats my boat or not.
But nobody actually learns anything from a food snob. I know I don’t. When someone looks down on me for eating chips, it makes me want to shove them all in my mouth and grin at them from with my crumb-laden smile.
Chowing down on chips, salsa and cheese last night.
I’m going to continue to share what works for me and why. That has evolved over time and maybe it will evolve from where I am now. If you’re reading my blog at all, then you must have some interest in health (or maybe just put up with my rambling to see cute pictures of Hailey?). And as people with an interest in personal health, our collective mission should be to educate and inspire, not to food-shame.
After all, we shouldn’t take ourselves too seriously anyways.
Hydrating face masks at Susan’s Arbonne party last night.
Thanks for hosting WIAW, Jenn 🙂
Have you ever felt shamed for eating something?