Would Your Great Grandmother Eat Like This? – Worrying Food Trends on YouTube

This is something that I’ve wanted to address for ages. Eating snacks and side dishes instead of proper complete meals is a worrying trend on YouTube, which of course translates to real life. Young girls are extremely vulnerable to all those What I Ate Today videos that in my eyes promote nothing else but malnutrition. Another trend that I want to address is eating exotic foods from faraway lands all the time. Not only a lot of the nutrients are lost in transit, but this imported food also clocks a lot of air miles, and I’m not even talking about poor local people losing their staple foods because of our ridiculous demand (look at what happened to quinoa and people in Peru).

I think it’s time to turn back to simple food and appreciate what our ancestors have been eating for thousands of years. Food doesn’t have to be trendy, expensive, or brought from thousands of kilometres away.

I’ve recently written about shaking off orthorexia and relaxing my relationship with food. You can read it here. When I realized that instead of trying to eliminate different foods until I wasn’t reacting to anything anymore only led me to misery and health obsession. When I decided to fix my gut, so that I could eat everything, my mindset and in turn my health improved and leaps and bounds.

What’s your opinion on this? Let’s discuss!

Simply yours,
Vita xx

Comments

  1. Really love that you brought this topic up Vita! It seems that our supermarkets and those most influential on the internet are focused more on food trends rather than what’s best for our bodies and the world. We are in an age of consumerism that breeds selfishness…I wish for a mass change of thought every day, and try my best to live by example freethinking and conscientious <3

    I decided to try a vegan lifestyle over a year now (I was raised eating and cooking well-rounded meals with meats and loads of fresh veggies) and it didn't last long as I felt and started looking horrible. It took me about 6 months to find my happy in between of "mostly vegetarian" (I have bone broth, eggs, dairy and seafood at times). Eating this way makes me contemplate how my ancestors would have eaten and I feel it's not that far off. Meat would have been something not available all of the time to them and I feel people don't need it as much as we think we do.

    I am not by any means opposed to eating animal protein, as I believe we are animals ourselves, but I feel the health of all people and our world should take the trump over what we would like to eat. The issue of exotic foods that travel thousands of kilometers away is a profound issue and should really be brought to attention more than it is. If only the grocery stores displayed the mileage of each item they sold and how it affects the locals from that place, wouldn't that help people make better decisions with their purchases!

    Love what you do, keep it up!

    Janna

    • Hi Jenna, everything you said is very true. I can relate to all your thoughts. And I’m so glad you’re enjoying my work! <3

    • Niladri says:

      Vegetarian and some vegan diets are ancient and not a new trend or fad, however some people choose to practice them in a very unhealthy way. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_vegetarianism
      Under the ancient China heading it talks about veganism.

      Ayurvedic sattvic diet is extremely healthy and traditional in India. Many people I know are very healthy eating this diet, from birth.
      https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sattvic_diet

      Even a raw vegan diet can be healthy if done correctly, I think Kristina from http://www.fullyraw.com/ seems very healthy, although I don’t think most people could do that diet.

      I think the eating exotic foods from thousands of kilometres away is a moral/ethical issue really. Food simply travelling that distance does not automatically make it devoid of nutrition, grains and beans are dried after harvest and used all year round. If one was to get into the moral/ethical issue of buying things from across the world, then I think one would need to go into absolutely every single thing that we touch in our daily lives(clothing/technology/plastics, etc.) I actually totally agree with 100% self-sufficiency and everything one needs produced in their home village(one of my life’s goals).

      • There was a study done a few years ago about genetic differences that make it possible for people to be vegetarian (not even talking about vegan). I don’t remember the exact numbers, but something like 70-80% of South Asians were genetically adjusted to a vegetarian diet, while 70% of Europeans and North Americans were not. Whatever applies to you as an Indian may not apply to the rest of the world. I respect those who are vegan, but I have yet to see or meet a long-term vegan who looks truly healthy (and who is actually vegan, not just pretending to be one for the sake of social media – don’t forget there is a lot of money involved). To each their own of course. xx

        • Niladri says:

          I’m not Indian, my body is of Polish, Scottish, German, Lithuanian, Russian descent. My husband and his sister who are both very healthy and come from English, Swedish, German, Dutch, Scottish, Irish descent. I disagree with the theory that genetics cause people to need meat. I believe that Vedic culture was predominant throughout the world in ancient times and subsisted on a vegetarian diet, indigenous and tribal peoples ate meat. Here is an awesome quote from the scriptures that I follow, about what humans eat. https://prabhupadabooks.com/sb/3/5/7
          I think most people could agree on a traditional culture relying so much on the bull and cow.

          I’m not trying to tell you what to do with your life, however I think the whole article and video you made leave a piece of the puzzle out, which is that vegetarianism is what our great-great-great-great grandparents ate and when done properly, is healthy. Any diet can be executed in an unhealthy way.

      • I forgot to specifically point out that the Wikipedia article about the history of vegetarianism quotes Leonardo da Vinci(Italian), Pythagoras(Greek), Leo Tolstoy(Russian) as being vegetarian. Here is a quote from the second paragraph of the entire page “Following the Christianization of the Roman Empire in late antiquity (4th-6th centuries), vegetarianism nearly disappeared from Europe.” they give a reference for that claim. That means that there was vegetarians in Europe prior to that time.

Trackbacks

  1. […] I posted my rant about the worrying food trends on YouTube, of course I had to post another version of mine. […]

Make my day and leave a comment!

*