I’m breaking my cardinal rule of not mixing fitness with religion and politics, but this has to be said. I’ve seen people flat out get offended (or worse) over someone’s nutrition choices if their views do not align with their own. Why? Aren’t we all just trying to promote a healthy lifestyle? Why has nutrition turned into a power struggle?
People freak out when you say to eat a certain way. Maybe that’s low carb, no grains, no dairy, high protein, or insert xx diet here. There’s room for every type of diet, and they all work. People can be healthy eating just about any whole food, and are. Find the “diet” that best fits into your lifestyle. If that’s intermittent fasting, so be it. If you do better eating Paleo, more power to you! Do you feel you need a specific diet and blueprint to follow? Then do it!
Getting Defensive Over Nutrition Choices
There’s no need to get overly defensive of your nutritional choices. What works for you might not work for another person. That’s not because your diet is flawed, it’s because it doesn’t fit into some other person’s lifestyle. Maybe someone doesn’t have the time to eat 6 meals every day, so intermittent fasting is right up their alley. Maybe someone has a sensitivity to grains or dairy, so they choose to eat Paleo instead. Maybe someone has more success adhering to a low-carb lifestyle. If this is the way you want to eat, then do it. Don’t worry about anyone else. Your success hinges on your ability to stick to whatever lifestyle you choose. If you can’t do that, you’re going to fail.
My Personal Writing Experience
I absolutely loathe writing articles about certain topics. Carbohydrate intake is one of those subjects. It doesn’t matter if you put 100 disclaimers in an article about not being carb-phobic, if you even mention lowering your carbohydrate intake, people come out of the woodwork to tell you no-carb diets are bad for you or yadayadayada. People put blinders on and forget the topic at hand.
Yes, I recommended you lower your carb intake from several hundred to 150 grams per day because you sit behind a computer all day and live a more sedentary lifestyle. It’s a suggestion based on my own experiences and what I’ve seen work for other people. I do my best to provide factual advice by researching and citing medical studies.
I’m not handing out unsolicited advice. If you’re reading my article, that means you’re following me on one of a half dozen social networks, or you came to this site searching for an answer to your question. If you don’t like it, move on. But please, try to not get so defensive. It’s just oatmeal or milk after all. Do we not have enough to stress over that we have to create more friction by creating divisions of nutrition? We all have the same goal – to be healthy. Don’t we?
Find the Common Denominators
Instead, why don’t we find the common denominator of nutrition? What do they all have in common? Calorie restriction (if weight loss is the goal), whole foods, consistency, and adherence are a few of those commonalities. Does that seem overly simple? That’s because it is.
The next time someone jumps to defend their nutrition beliefs, take a second and understand that we’re all on the same team. I want you to be healthy. You want me to be healthy. We’re all just trying to help. Let’s try to keep the negativity and overly passionate emotions out of the conversation. Civil exchange of thoughts and ideas have helped many more people reach their goals of a healthy lifestyle than arguing has. Let’s all end the hostility, and keep moving forward towards a shared goal of health and fitness.