This is a constant battle for me. To interfere or not to interfere when people are talking about health, training and nutrition in my presence. Because to be honest, most of time people have absolutely no idea what they are talking about and I would want nothing more than to enlighten them so that they no longer live by these myths that they have learned of and read about a loooong time ago.
But nutrition and food is a very delicate subject for a lot of people, and for some reason EVERYONE knows A LOT about it, WITHOUT having studied it at all, or having any sort of qualification in the field. They just know. Cause ‘everyone knows’ that multigrain and wholegrain is good. ‘Everyone’ knows that fat is bad for you. ‘Everyone’ knows that eggs increase your cholestrerol. And more importantly ‘everyone’ knows that cholesterol is a bad thing.
So yeah, it’s a delicate subject in the way that people are not very open to learning something new on the subject, and people get very easily offended if you claim that they are actually not that healthy in their vegetarian lifestyle (maybe the opposite?), or that the fact that they eat a lot of wholegrain bread actually causes their stomach problems, or the fact that they eat fruit in the afternoon gives them severe cravings for the rest of the day, etc etc etc. People really hate someone suggesting that they are the cause of their own health problems, and they hate realising this as well.
So, I rarely interfere these days when I hear people talking about food. I sort of wait until I’m asked something before I give my opinion, or I slightly hint something to open up a conversation. But it’s hard. It’s extremely hard when you hear things like this around the table. Yes, these are things that I have actually heard at the gym, at work etc, and have fought the urge to interfere.
- ” It’s better to eat pasta than meat. Apperantly meat takes like 4 hours to digest, and pasta 30 minutes.”
Not that this statement is true. But if the numbers were right (and if the body was an oven that just burns each item you put in it, and nothing else), to me it sounds much better to eat meat. I mean, you want to eat things that last longer and gives you energy for a longer time, rather than someting that ‘lasts’ for 30 minutes. But then again, these numbers and how it works in the body is of course very far from how it actually works.
- I don’t believe in carbs.
Said when debating whether a wrap was a healthy lunch option or not. This is like saying I don’t believe in blood. Or air. It just is the way it is. Carbohydrates are. And they are bad for you. Even though you like eating them.
– I don’t think it makes a difference what you eat, as long as you ‘exercise it off’.
This makes me cringe. This is for me the worst type of statement one can make. It’s the foundation of one of the biggest misconceoptions there are about exercise and nutrition, that the body is some sort of oven that just burns the energy you put in it, and does nothing else with it. Of course every single piece of something you put in your mouth is gonna affect you in some way, not just be ‘burned off’ in different speeds! So naturally, when I hear this, I have a big problem shutting up.
– I don’t belive it’s high in carbs. It has protein.
Again. It’s not a matter of opinion. It’s facts. Nutritional information about a food will tell you what it contains, regardless of what you believe. And yeah, something can have both protein and carbohydrates. And fat. At the same time.
- The best thing must be to just eat a little of everything. Everything in moderation.
I hate this one as well. It makes absolutely no sense to say this. What do you mean when you say everything? A bit of meat, fish, rice, some fish fingers, maybe some McDonald’s here and there? Or sand, petrol, rats? If I suggest sand or petrol most people would go: Don’t be ridiculos, I mean everything from FOOD of course! Well to be honest, the stuff that’s put in fish fingers, meatballs,margarine, sausages and other pre-made stuff that you buy in packets contain quite a lot of stuff that should not be considered FOOD. Not to mention stuff from for example McDonalds, chicken nuggest to mention one that it wouldn’t surprise me if it had both sand, rats and petrol in it.
And also, out of ‘everything’ you can find in the super market, most of it is not good to eat. Most of it will last on a shelf for more than 6 months, which to me is quite an obvious tell for the healthiness of the food. Most of it has travelled across half the world to get there. Also not good to eat of course. So no, we should definitely not eat ‘a bit of everything’.
Maybe if you just want to survive. But not if you want to be healty. That’s also just the way it is. You cannot chose whether it is like that or not. You can just chose how healthy you want to be.
– Ok, I buy that carbs are bad. But I couldn’t possibly eat more fat, like butter. That can’t be good.
Said while enjoying a bottle of Fanta with lunch. Butter?!! Made from milk from a cow?!! Noooo, that’s gonna kill me. Fanta – packed with sugar, additives of all sorts, coloring etc, yeah that’s probalbly not too bad. Nuff said.
Alright, enough ranting for today. I have a lot more quotes ‘in the bank’ that I’ll share with you some other day. Have a nice day!