My reaction to BBC’s “Clean Eating’s Dirty Secrets”

So recently my Netflix crashed (don’t worry though, that horrible period of time is over and I am back to watching as much House as I please, phew!), so I strayed into the world of BBC iPlayer.
I had heard a lot of debate over their new documentary, “Clean Eating’s Dirty Secrets” so decided to give it a go…. For those of you who haven’t watched it, it’s pretty much what you’d expect from the title, a show which is basically ‘revealing’ that most of the new health trends are a load of old tosh.
Now, I’m sure you can understand the controversy surrounding this absolutely barbaric sounding expose! How can one say that I can in fact eat bread?! Or that I’m allowed to eat carbs, fats, dairy and hell apparently you can even eat meat products if you so wish!

In my opinion, we are bombarded with information every day on the best, most effective new diets and there a few major problems with this:

1) The majority of people do NOT need to diet, the messages being sent out are heard by everyone, including people already leading a healthy lifestyle.
2) Many (not all) of the people promoting these diets have no idea what they are talking about.  They are celebrities, or bloggers, jumping on the bandwagon, trying to make money.
3) What works for one does not work for everyone. This is just a given.
4) Many of the diets involve restriction of foods that we have been eating for generations! Such as meat, dairy, sugar, gluten – so why have they suddenly been classed as “bad”, or “unclean”?
5) All these proposals seem to contradict each other. To lose weight you should be high carb-lowfat, but low carb-high protein, never mind that, just take the IIFYM approach, or eat under 1200 calories and do a ton of cardio, but actually just lift weights and you’ll be fine. Am I the only one who is a little confused?

I thought that the programme was great for raising awareness of the issues surrounding this subject, however, I do think that it was biased and also completely dismissed some of the healthy messages sent out by bloggers. It also failed to deal with the fact that some people make these decisions based on medical advice from qualified doctors (eg. coeliac sufferers) or ethical beliefs (for example vegans).

Hell, what CAN I eat on these diets?

So, I have come to the conclusion that feeding your body with nourishing foods that you enjoy is the answer. If you choose to cut out animal products for ethical reasons, or gluten for GENUINE health reasons, go ahead! But don’t follow a new trend just because a blogger does. There is no “one size fits all” when it comes to food and fitness. Listen to your body, eat what you like, and stop worrying so much.


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