I read an article this week about a Gold Coast mum who ate a plant-based diet throughout her pregnancy which received mixed reviews; some praised her, but most scorned her for her ‘selfish choice’ in neglecting to nourish her unborn child by restricting her diet.
While reading the vilifying comments at the bottom of article, I couldn’t help but wonder if nutrition should be added to the black list on ‘what not to talk about at a dinner party’ , among other notorious topics such as politics and religion.
As I scroll through my Facebook newsfeed, this idea is manifested, with friends who push their dietary agenda; some adorning their Paleo diet, others their vegan lifestyles, and others who have created their own version of clean eating. And it wouldn’t be a newsfeed without some of my diet-atheist friends posting pictures of their full English breakfast with the oxymoronic ‘cleaneating’ hashtag as a sarcastic protest of this new-age dietary revolution.
Under this umbrella of ‘clean eating’ there are so many variables as to what a healthy, balanced diet looks like for some people. Science has allowed us to understand so much more about our diets, but what’s most interesting, is that research has led us to understand what our ancestors have intuitively known for millions of years – eat a diet as close to its natural state as possible.
Each diet religion has very similar pillars of belief; fruit and vegetables are sacred, sugar is bad and processed foods are out …and while they may disagree on meat and grains, they all understand that eating as close to nature intended is paramount. So why do we need to slander someone for interpreting that idea a little differently.
I applaud this mother-to-be for choosing to nourish herself in the best way she knows how, as well as copping the criticism from the plethora of people who don’t understand why she chooses to nourish her body in the way that she does.
What do you think? Is it time to take our diets off the dinner conversation menu?