Monday, 16 May 2011
I am beginning to think Marie Claire really has some deep issues with food. First, they started an outrage about healthy food and living blogs after a criticising post about the women who run them (in my opinion, it had good points--and if the journalist saw what she saw, she was right to speak up). However, now they have unleashed another comment war over their latest article: What Nutritionists Really Eat.
It's a bit concerning that an article that seems so straightforward and actually helpful could actually cause great controversy. What do nutritionists really eat, and how can I change my diet to be a more insightful eater? As I perused the site last week and saw the headline, I happily clicked but was then shocked and irritated by what I read.
The first nutritionist they interviewed was Natalia Rose (5'7 and 117 pounds), with her personalized programs being labeled at $850. First up is her fitness regime, which isn't anything I'd scoff at, seeing as at least she maintains a daily workout. Her workout of choice is dancing or bouncing on a mini trampoline for 45 minutes or cycling around Central Park. No big deal. Then we get to her motto, " Instead of being bogged down by your meal, you should be elevated by it." At this point, I'm like AW YEAH! Preach! The excitement ended though and the RED FLAGS were slowly raised when they noted her core advice. "I don't recommend my diet to beginners. Start slowly with any diet or detox, and make sure you're eating tons of seasonal, fresh fruits and vegetables." Not too bad right, maybe no one can eat so healthy all at once? Well, let's just peek at her daily eating routine:
Lemon tea with fresh, raw grated ginger, a squeeze of lemon, and Stevia to taste (a natural, calorie-free sweetener), 24 fl oz — 3 calories
Mountain Valley Spring Water, 16 fl oz — 0 calories
One small watermelon — 230 calories
Two cantaloupes — 376 calories
Two bananas — 200 calories
Smoothie (pineapple, avocado, kale, alfalfa sprouts, coconut water, mint) — 366 calories
Box of Salud macaroons, 4.5 oz — 604 calories
TOTAL DAILY CALORIES: 1,779
I'm at a loss. To see that she not only skips two meals of the day but replaces those calories with a fruit filled dinner and an ENTIRE BOX of macaroons for dessert is terrifying. Nutritionists are people that most look up to for healthy and life changing diet. There have been times were I've considered getting a consultation but this makes me back off. I cannot understand how a woman who declines to eat the most important meal of the day (breakfast) for a lemon detox tea can be taken seriously in her field. What scares me most is that although she seems to have shown us a disordered eating lifestyle, it doesn't stop there.
The other interviews go on to women that replace breakfast with hot water and a veggie smoothie, and eating less than 1500 calories a day (which is the recommended amount, not the maximum). Out of the entire article, there was only one diet that seemed healthy, satisfying and a routine that I wouldn't mind taking on. That was Haylie Pomroy from Los Angeles. Sure there were bits I could pick from the other women too, but overall hers was the one I could see as realistic to follow.
Marie Claire seems to have taken a dive in the health department these past couple of years, and as much as I rant, we all know the simple solution. Stop reading it! Sure they could have taken measures to show us a healthier side of nutritionists but all in all it's just an article. You don't have to continue reading it if you don't want to.
It also doesn't represent every single health expert. The tagline was "Do top food experts follow the strict advice they dole out to their famous clients?", and I can only hope they don't give out these regimes as tools. As for now, I'm going to skip over the Marie Claire health section and keep reading my coveted coveted issues of SHAPE magazine.
What do you think of the article? Of the nutritionists' diets? Have you ever gone to a nutritionist before, and if so, leave your experience in the comments--or send in a post!