The last couple of years have seen a surge of health food bars and shops, where natural, raw food have become somewhat of the latest trend for health freaks. I apologise for the term. I don’t really believe you’re freaks, genuinely. In fact, I actually admire your drive! However, let’s face it, it’s become a catch phrase that’s as in vogue as the lifestyle itself, so much so that even people who are dedicated to this way of life refer to themselves as freaks.
However, I would never have thought dieting would become somewhat of a status symbol in society. It’s certainly become the ‘in’ thing for people. On the one hand, you have those who genuinely want to maintain or change their eating habits. On the other hand, you have individuals who, to put it bluntly, are imposters who simply want to get as many likes or followers on their social media forums.
I like categorising people who follow or convert to such a lifestyle into three main groups.
First, you have the dedicated exerciser, who lives by the dogma of the ‘Eat Clean, Train Dirty’ regime, which is all well and good. Kudos to you!
Secondly, there are the devout, animal loving vegans, who follow this lifestyle out of principle and/or sheer love for living creatures. These are people who I really respect, by the way!
Lastly, you have the aspiring vegetarian who still likes their occasional bacon cheeseburger every now and then. One burger a month still makes you a vegetarian, right? Let me take a moment to tell the last group of people one thing – pick a side! I never understood people who just try to wean themselves off meat, in the hope of getting a pat on the back for doing so. You follow a lifestyle for yourself. Oh, and by the way, you’re not fooling anyone, especially with those photos of your latest antipasto platter on a romantic weekend getaway to Italy, consumed a mere couple of weeks after you announced your declaration of a healthy, altruistic lifestyle change. Hilarity at its best.
But I digress. While I am a firm believer of a healthy, well-balanced way of life, remember folks, it is ultimately for yourselves and yourselves alone, not to gain praise or admiration from friends.