What I Ate Wednesday... But has clean eating gone too far?

MMmmmmmm... inflammation. 

MMmmmmmm... inflammation. 

Hi everyone! 

I’m taking a break from my normal WIAW posts and writing something a little different. 

Something that’s been on my mind.

So this past Monday, the hubs and I went to a certain store in Tampa. When we were done, it was late so we decided to eat dinner there. We ended up at the Green Lemon in SOHO. Even though it was 10pm at night… the place was packed! They even had a DJ! I turned to my husband, “It is a Monday night right?!” Turns out it was also #NationalTequillaDay. Haha. Go figure. And it was also happy hour all night. Freak yeah! So in honor of tequila, we we partook in a Margarita. 

(Gr. All my pics were insta stories and I forgot to save them. -_- ) 

We also ordered avocado fries. (DEAD.) Blake ordered fajitas and I ordered a Fiesta Bowl.

When our food came out, I realized my chicken was fried- instead of grilled like I had assumed. Did I have a mental breakdown? No. Would I have had a mental breakdown in times past? Yes. I would have insisted Blake trade chicken with me. (Ew that was painful even to type.)

But what would the “clean eats’ police think!? What will my instagram friends say?! What about clean eating?! What about the inflammatory oils?! WHAT ABOUT INFLAMMATION!!!!

I care not. 

Does this make me a hypocrite? No. Look: I’m all about clean eats, but when it interferes with your ability to live normally and enjoy the finer things in life (like a chill evening with your husband), thats when I have a problem with it. When we take it so far that we have fear in food and consider things like fried chicken a “cheat” or a “slip up”, we got it all wrong. No, I don’t eat fried chicken every day, but when the opportunity presents itself, I’m not going to throw a fit over it. Life is about living in the gray area, friends. Freedom in food is not putting more labels and morality behind the thing we eat.

@@Freedom in food is eating as well as you can most of the time and then enjoying the rest without fear.@@

I’m kind of sick of people taking clean eating and just RUNNING to the hills with it. “Clean eats” are not all there is in life. And heck- I’m a dietitian… clean eating is kind of my job.  

I think we can get to the point on social media where we are doing ourselves and others more of a disservice in this area of food and wellness. I submit a new trend: #reallifefood. Because real life: food is not always going to be squeaky clean. Nor should it be. Not all food has to be “nutrient dense” to be healthful. According to my girl, Victoria, some food is beneficial to your soul. (I concur). That is arguably just as important. When we create this community of healthy food and “no excuses” mentality, then we subconsciously attach judgment to food. Many people on social media are impressionable and when all they see is salmon, avocado, kombucha and collagen all day… eating something of “lesser” nutrition value can create fear, guilt and shame. These things should never be attached to food. Food is not meant to be an extension of your conscience or morality. 

And I’m guilty of this myself- being too much about the “clean eats”. I’ve made it a resolution of mine to post more off my real life food on my Instagram and blog. Because in real life, I don’t just eat “clean”. Sometimes I live it up! Do I abstain from enjoying chips and salsa or drinks with my friends on the weekends because I’ve analyzed the nutritional capacity of these things and found them lacking? No. I partake and enjoy the community around these glorious, God given foods. 

One of my wise clients said to me yesterday: 

@@Wellness is an idol... to what end?@@

So much truth. When will the madness stop and when will we start to recognize that clean eating is not all there is in life. Let's not let the pursuit of something noble spoil everything. Is it really a nobel cause in that case? 

Whose with me?!

Thoughts? Let’s talk in the comments below! 

If you are struggling with finding balance in food, reach out! I work with clients to accomplish freedom in food while also pursing wellness in my private practice, Nourishing Minds Nutrition.

Join our Nourishing Minds Facebook Tribe here!