There are certain catch-phrases that pop up again and again on health and fitness blogs that make me roll my eyes. If the same ones appear numerous times on one blog, I'm going to delete that site from my reader faster than you can say "burpees".
Here are a couple that make me cringe...
Eating clean - In my brain this translates as: I don't eat anything fun. Not even any kind of fruit because it contains sugar and sugar is evil. In fact, if it isn't fish or chicken breast or broccoli, I don't eat it. I'm earnest, boring, and if I spot you putting a biscuit in your mouth, I'm going to lecture you for hours about your horrible, horrible diet. Blah!
There really is room for balance in healthy nutrition. A potato won't make you instantly fat and a banana won't give you a sugar rush and/or prompt a heart attack. Also? Healthy cooking doesn't have to mean grilling some protein and adding a side of steamed green stuff. Cottage cheese with protein powder is not dessert. And treat meals are not "cheating". Gah! I give you as evidence my entire freaking food blog.
Just do it (or just suck it up) - these are motivational phrases, intended to immediately make you get over your injury, clinical depression or those overwhelming feelings of "I have so far to go, I don't know where to start". In fact, these phrases are apparently thought to have magical powers that will cause you to immediately dash outside and jog 5km, even though you've never run more than 20 metres in your life.
Seriously, these expressions are more likely to make those who are already struggling feel like great big failures. Heap on the guilt, why don't you?
I understand that the folks who continually say these things honestly believe that they're being helpful. Or maybe they're actually trying to motivate themselves. But sometimes we need to look outside ourselves and realise that not everyone is the same. We have different lives - different jobs, different families, different physical limitations, different psychology...
Sure, just about everyone is capable of eating well and doing some sort of exercise, but badgering them about it isn't going to work for 90% of people 90% of the time.
Does anyone else have a pet hate along these lines? Is it something I say...? Do tell.