Do you really think organic asparagus, served with pre-washed quinoa and coconut oil, will help you have a baby?
Sure it will. Because if you you eat clean, and you spend a lot of time in your active-wear, you must be a good, healthy person. And healthy people deserve to fall pregnant. They also deserve to beat depression, find love, beat acne, escape domestic violence, conquer cancer (Belle Gibson, anyone?).
That’s why that asparagus will help…
Clean-eating is just another tool we use to shame other women, and make ourselves feel better, or more deserving, in the process.
Oh, of course she’s having trouble falling pregnant – have you seen how she eats?
She has no idea what she’s doing to her body by eating gluten.
I’m sure she’d get over her depression if she’d just quit sugar. I mean, I’m just trying to help.
NO! You are not helping.
You are overlooking real problems, and (in some cases) real heartache, because you’re so absorbed in the feel-good-status of being a vegan, organic, gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, mindful, raw, clean-food eater.
The world doesn’t begin and stop with whatever dietary fad you’ve decided is saving the world. Real life continues, even after you’ve given up meat.
But people forget this. And I don’t blame them. Because, when your insta-feed is filled with raw avocado and organic cacao powder snacks, you can’t help but feel inferior while looking at your kitkat and diet coke.
By the same token, when you have gone to the effort of making a raw avocado and organic cacao powder snack, you’re going to feel superior, thinking about all those suckers with kitkats and diet cokes. (You’ll also instagram it, of course, otherwise what’s the point?)
This superiority manifests itself into this feeling of entitlement, justification, self-righteousness, deservedness. But it’s false.
No doubt, there are scientifically proven health benefits of eating well – and a raw, organic snack is better for you than chocolate and soft-drink any day – but jumping on the clean-eating band wagon is not the answer to everything.