This is a quote that I read on one of the many fitness Instagram pages I follow. At first glance, it seems harmless, and is just looking to remind people to make healthy eating choices. No big deal, right? Alas, dear reader, ye have sailed into the bay of Brandon, and thar be many sarcastic shoals that have claimed many a scholastic schooner! Be warned, all ye who enter here!
The more I thought about it, the more annoyed I became. "Nothing tastes as good as being in shape feels?" What strikes me is that it subtly implies that 'unhealthy' foods are delicious, while 'nutritious' foods muster up the taste profile of a good quality drywall. Why can't healthy foods taste great? And are you telling me that people that are "in shape" never have junk food or cheat meals? "Brandon, I think you're blowing this out of proportion, take it down a notch." Don't try to hold me down, I'm on a rant here! Look, I will never stop eating pizza because it is wonderful, and delicious, but I also really appreciate a fresh cut of steak with some farm-fresh veggies. Maybe whoever first was quoted as saying this had a bad relationship with processed food, and couldn't moderate between clean eating and 2am junk food binges. I get it, not everyone has that internal control and I respect that struggle. But let's not confuse "tasty" with "bad food"! I take issue with this quote because so many Americans are overweight, and pushing into obesity, that our perception of food really needs to be addressed. We need to teach people that healthy food is honestly really delicious! If you don't believe me, hit up your local farmer's market and see what truly fresh food tastes like. Take a cooking class, and learn how get the most flavor out of your meals. Spice up your prep skills - I was talking with a client & good friend just now and she filled me in on a website she was mildly obsessed with that deals with spiralizing veggies. Check it out at www.inspiralized.com - there's some pretty solid recipes there. If we REALLY wanted to get into it, there's a decent amount of newer research showing that eating a cheat meal after a week of good food choices can have positive effects on weight loss, composition change, and mood. Not to worry, dear reader, we can save that for another tirade. I am serious though, I hate this quote with a passion now, and I want to print it out on tiny little match sticks, and build a whole model house of out them, and then BURN IT.