Jenny Craig and Weight Watchers as health foods? Seriously? This NPR Health blogger “get’s it” – she argues there are profits to be made from their selling of processed foods. She says, of the “savory” steak and ranch flatbread …
But there was nothing very whole or natural to be found among the ingredients. We counted no fewer than 80 distinct substances on the list from salt and soybean oil to titanium dioxide and ammonium chloride.
Hmmm… makes you “think”. How can they promote healthy eating and sell you THAT food-like substance?
If anyone gets the allure of dieting, it’s me. I swear if you could get a PhD in diets, I’d have at least five. I actually have more experience dieting (started at 12) than I do as a registered dietitian!
But as you’ve heard me say a million times, dieting is bad (mmm kaaaay?). I’m not going to list all the negative aspects in this post… although I’d LOVE to see them in the comments I’ll just say this: diets promote thinness, science says thinness is not health, our culture says we need to be thin to be worth a damn (that’s discrimination we should not tolerate). As long as weight loss is the goal and primary focus VS health and wellness, behavior change, quality of life, absence of disease, all we’re doing is delaying the freedom, flexibility, knowledge, and empowerment that comes with living a truly #mefirst balanced life.
I’m going to take every chance I get to lay the “smack down” on diets and diet-mindedness. That’s why when Fox 5 wanted me to stay up past my bedtime to do a late night TV appearance on the Consumer Reports diet rankings, I said YES. I didn’t care that I’d lose sleep. This topic is too important. YOU are too important for me to keep my mouth shut.
So, here’s what I said… Sound off in the comments. What do you think? Agree? Disagree? What points would YOU have made if you were on there?