I had tea with a friend yesterday and we talked about all kinds of things (as usual) but one thing that got stuck in my mind was the documentary “Clean Eating’s Dirty Secrets”. It’s 40 minutes long, so if you don’t want to see it, let me just summarize it here:
Brittish Youtube-star Gracie
tries clean eating on for size. She wants to know if this is the lifestyle change we all need, or if it’s just another fad diet in disguise – a fad diet with potentially dangerous consequences.
“Clean eating” equals vegan or raw food in this documentary, we have a slightly different definition in Sweden but that doesn’t matter. The thing is that
never before have we been so concerned with the purity of our food. Lighting the way are a team of ‘glowing’ wellness bloggers. Gracie dives into the world of clean eating. She vlogs her attempts to change her diet and meets with dieticians, youtubers and those whose desire for health has become an unhealthy obsession. She investigates the claims many gurus swear by and questions whether we should be listening to them at all.
CONNECTION TO LOW CARB AND KETO GURUS!
If you read this blog (or my Swedish blog), it’s a pretty big chance that you follow a low carb/keto diet and read this blog and others to learn more about it. I do that too, I follow bloggers and Youtubers to educate myself on a lot of stuff, and that’s how we use the internet. We teach and inspire each other, but who’s an expert, really? Who qualifies to give professional advice, especially in the “fluffy” area of food, health and fitness?
BE YOUR OWN GURU
My opinion is and will always be that NO internet guru – regardless if it’s keto, paleo, vegan or rawfood will know more about YOU and YOUR body than you do. I try to push this on my blog and in my books, especially when I get questions like:
“I do X, but you tell me to do Y – am I doing it wrong?”
No you’re not. I never ever tell anyone that they NEED to do a certain thing, and I don’t like it when the Swedish magazines call me an expert in this and that. Why would I be the expert?
TO THINK AND ANALYZE IS NOT THE SAME THING AS BEING RIGHT!
My strong suit and best quality is my ability to analyze things. I can break down any problem and solve it.
I have never studied anything that has to do with food or health, I have never studied anything that has to do with fitness or training. I am not a dietitian, personal trainer, physiotherapist or nutritional adviser. I have a master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering (and one in Biochemistry) and all my insights about food and health, stems from my own experiments and my knowledge of physics, biology and chemistry. I create my own hypotheses from known biochemical processes, and draw conclusions on how things (should) work. Then I try it out for myself.
It doesn’t mean that it’s the best way, and it doesn’t mean that it works for everyone.
BE INSPIRED – BUT THINK FOR YOURSELF!
Some Bloggers and Youtubers can be quite offensive and aggressive about their own stuff, and it’s easy to fall prey for it. I do that myself from time to time, I feel remorse about having a cup of coffee or a piece of chocolate and think “Oh shit… I had coffee… I’m not keto enough!”… such bullshit, isn’t it? If this happens to you, just take a few deep breaths. Relax and step back. Ask yourself these questions:
- Does this seem sound?
- Do I truly believe this is the thing for me?
- Am I ready to whatever it takes?
- What’s my goal here?
- Does this fit with my idea of reality?
If it’s a YES to all these 5 points, then go for it! I believe that the most important thing is to believe in the stuff we do, to truly resonate with it.
What’s your view on all this? Are you also affected by all the internet gurus out there?