Have you ever felt like you had a lot of food rules to abide by? Or perhaps, someone close to you does? Paleo, vegan, gluten-free, vegetarian, Whole 30, plant-based, counting macros or calories, whole foods only, raw foods only—there are so many different diets out there in 2020. Now, a substantial body of research does back the Mediterranean diet, and there can be moral or ecological reasons for following a vegetarian or vegan diet. Likewise, some people have true food allergies or suffer from Celiac disease.
Qualifications aside, many of us have experienced “food rules” of our own, or of those close to us, propagated by diet culture that have no real basis in science. Food rules that are in service to the constant and desperate chase of a flatter stomach or more airbrushed-body. Remember—in the 80’s and 90’s it was all about “non-fat,” then, seemingly overnight, that disappeared and diet culture embraced “low carb.” Other trends, like Bulletproof coffee, Whole 30, and Keto have since surged.
Excerpted from the Union-Bulletin