August 11th, 2017

Like many, if not most, Americans I wrestle with how I eat on a nearly daily basis. I’m drawn to food porn (both cooking and dieting books) when I pass the book displays at my local libraries and have to steel myself to not take one more book out. I’ve yet to find better eating advice than that found in How To Eat by Thich Nhat Hanh and Michael Pollan’s Food Rules.

Reading Bee Wilson’s Guardian long-read, Why we fell for clean eating reminds me why I stay away from Instagram. Wilson lede’s:

In the spring of 2014, Jordan Younger noticed that her hair was falling out in clumps. “Not cool” was her reaction. At the time, Younger, 23, believed herself to be eating the healthiest of all possible diets. She was a “gluten-free, sugar-free, oil-free, grain-free, legume-free, plant-based raw vegan”. As The Blonde Vegan, Younger was a “wellness” blogger in New York City, one of thousands on Instagram (where she had 70,000 followers) rallying under the hashtag #eatclean. Although she had no qualifications as a nutritionist, Younger had sold more than 40,000 copies of her own $25, five-day “cleanse” programme—a formula for an all-raw, plant-based diet majoring on green juice.

Younger is far from alone.

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