Sick shopping

This is my grocery shop when I’m sick. (Cold/flu)

Groceries

What I’m concerned about: Vitamin C, getting enough fluids, eating enough calories for energy, soothing my throat, cheering myself up, resting, sleeping, getting better.

What I’m not concerned about: My weight, how I look.

Bonus: It was two for one day on icecream. Win!!!!! So I got four. That’s logical in my head.

Beach Body Ready

http://mashable.com/2015/04/28/language-worldview/

Have you seen this?

This is fucking awesome and proves just how far our thinking has come.

There is an ad in London advertising some magical weight loss potion protein thingy.

You know, magic beans.

Anyway it has a photo of a ‘perfect’ model and says, Are you beach body ready? Encouraging people to take the potion to become like her so that they are then ready/acceptable to be on the beach.

The response to which has been an overwhelming, fuck off, everybody is beach ready! We are awesome as we are.

They have been defaced and protested. There’s a petition with 40,000 signatures, it’s all over twitter, facebook etc. It’s blowing up.

This is great.

What is not great, is the proteinworld response. The model is an acceptable weight, everyone should have goals to be fit and look good etc. I mean seriously you have to read them to believe them.

Though really, what do you expect from an industry that survives by lowering people’s self esteem and generally telling them they are not good enough.

In case you havent got the message yet, you are.

In the words of my gorgeous friend Joy, “I don’t know any average women. All the women I know are beautiful talented and awesome.”

Indeed.

Food blogger fraud

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/belle-gibson-the-health-food-blogger-admits-she-lied-about-having-terminal-brain-cancer-10194764.html

This woman claimed to cure her brain cancer by eating quinoa and kale, or something.

The problem with this is that people have read this blog, bought the cookbook and generally bought into the pseudoscience once again.

Telling people who have serious illnesses that they can heal themselves by eating vegetables and doing yoga is quite simply bullshit, and is also highly dangerous.

Does a healthy diet and exercise help with general health and well-being? Absolutely. Is it a replacement for modern medicine? Definitely not. Of course it is the choice of the person who is affected, how they react and what they do/do not do to fight these illnesses. I just think they should have the chance to do this without so much misinformation lying around. Especially when they are already in such a vulnerable state.

These people should be fined and banned from the internet. They need to be held responsible for their actions.

Pseudoscience

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/apr/22/wellness-gurus-belle-gibson-pseudoscience?CMP=fb_gu

This is a positive change in media that is happening slowly slowly. Let’s get on board. Let’s talk about these things. Let’s use facts instead of Heresay. Let’s educate ourselves and read reliable researched information. Let’s arm ourselves for the war against bullshit.

Paleo

http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/mar/16/paleo-isnt-a-fad-diet-its-an-ideology?CMP=fb_gu

Badly written bias article but some interesting points.

Seriously with this guy?!

Paleo cook book for children-What the f*&k is wrong with people?

Note: Subjecting your child to a diet where they end up missing out on crucial vitamins and food groups is definitely child abuse.

Incorporating healthy and varied home-cooked meals into your kids diet – Good parenting.

Perfect example of this is calcium. Crucial at a young age. We all know what this does, bone strength, teeth, hair etc etc. If you do not get enough calcium when you are a kid you actually can’t make up for that when you are an adult. You should still have it when you are an adult, but damage has already been done.

I think the bigger issue is the implantation of diet dogma into a young child’s brain. This food is ‘good’ or ‘bad.’ ‘You will get fat if you eat this’ etc. These are dangerous things to say to a child. Some of these diets become almost like a religion.

Yes, I also think feeding a kid a diet high in sugar or Mcdonald’s every day is also a form of abuse. That goes without saying.

What happened to food for fuel and eating when we are hungry. Moderation? Choice? Common fu&*ing sense.

Get with the program people. (Or please don’t.)