After swim practice a few days ago, some members of my swim club went out to dinner. As we waited for our food, we began discussing vegetarian, vegan and raw diets.
At one point, I was describing the breakfast smoothies that I make every morning. My smoothies contain over a dozen ingredients, including spinach, coconut oil, goji berries, and nutritional yeast, among other things. It’s a mixture that provides a very decent dose of iron, vitamin B12 and, of course, protein.
One man had a particularly strong reaction to this. “Why would you eat something like that? Wouldn’t that taste really weird?” Finally, he looked at someone else, shook his head and mumbled “I think a balanced diet is best,” somehow implying that my diet, with a comparatively broad range of raw fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts, was extreme and unbalanced.
Ironically, this man making the comments about my diet was probably about 50 pounds overweight. His skin was dry and pale, and it didn’t look like he took very good care of himself, either in the form of diet or physical exercise. I’m not sure what he meant when he was referring to a “balanced diet”, or whether he was implying that his own diet was “balanced”. He certainly wasn’t a spitting image of health.
It’s always struck me that people who eat a more or less “Standard American Diet” have a tendency to criticize people who consciously choose a different diet. I’m most frequently interrogated about how I manage to get enough protein in my diet.
And yet, the very people who have concerns about getting enough protein probably shouldn’t be eating so much protein, because by and large the vast majority of them are overweight. Their stomachs are so big that even the baggiest clothing couldn’t conceal the beach ball of blubber underneath.
If I’m on the wrong track with my diet, then they certainly are 10x more so. If I woke up with a body looking like theirs, I’d probably shriek in horror and spend the next six weeks on a full-time exercise and diet program.
Now before you think that I’m some recalcitrant snob who’s out to pick on overweight people, believe me, I’m not. I don’t care if you eat a disgusting amount of cooked fats, animal protein, sugar, salt and gluten. I don’t care if you down cup after cup of coffee, soda or beer.
But please stop criticizing my diet, unless you’re prepared to look in the mirror at yourself. Because you are what you eat. What you put in your mouth becomes part of your body. And frankly, it’s hypocritical to criticize another person’s diet when the sorry state of your own body demonstrates your total incompetence in taking care of it.
Yet, it’s your body and it’s your choice what you do with it. But you should be aware that what you eat affects everything from how much energy you have, to the color and texture of your skin, to the size of your abdominal pouch, to your likelihood of getting diseases like cancer, and ultimately how long you live.
Wouldn’t you say it’s worth spending some time learning about diet and nutrition, and thinking carefully about what you put in your mouth?
Truth be told, the vast majority of people don’t give this question a second thought. They eat whatever is readily available, or what they were accustomed to eating while growing up. That’s alright if you choose to be one of them. I will stand up for your right to do so, because I strongly value everyone’s right to make their own choices about what they believe, think, and do.
But if anyone comes interrogating and criticizing my diet while openly displaying an excessive amount of body fat, they should be prepared that I’ll simply point at their belly and say “That’s why I choose this diet. Because I don’t want to look like that.”
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