Thursday, June 14, 2012

It's only words...



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.

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15 comments:

Megan said...

Great post! Ughhh I hate 'clean eating', too. What does that even mean? I should know this as I actually bought a book called it a few years ago LOL

Casey said...

I'm over all of the motivational quotes on facebook - and their preachy owners. The motivational quote machine appears to be in overload at the moment, and I'm feeling a bit saturated and desensitized by it all.

Michelle Carlyon said...

I have to hate the 12wbt term JFDI for much the same reasons as you stated above. There were times last round that the program's prescribed Super Saturday weren't conducive to my goals (I talking a triathlon when there was very little cardio in the actual program. WTF?) When I questioned it in the forums I was pretty much told to JFDI.

Sandra said...

I do get what you're saying...the word "journey" is one of my pet hates at the moment...which is why I was contemplating changing the name of my Blog a few weeks ago lol. The "clean eating" doesn't strike me as negative though, and I definitely include a LOT of your recipes in my "clean eating" phases...it's different reactions for different minds I guess...as for "Just Do It"...don't even go there...I've heard of hoards of people getting "JFDI" tattoos lately. Enough said.

Jessica said...

I am with Megan, totally over the whole" clean eating". It has ruined my relationship with food, it's all such crap in the end and no different to any fad diet.

kathrynoh said...

I've never understood why anyone would want to eat "cleon" if it means boring.

I hate all those sayings like "pain is just fat leaving the body" - not only are they not catchy, but sometimes pain means you are doing real damage. At the moment I could do with some "just do it" though.

Btw my blog is still around but I had probs with the domain registration so now its at projectkathryn.blogspot.com

Kek said...

@Megan - I know the book you mean. I admire the author, but the title has put me off ever buying it.

@Casey - I hear ya! Competition time may have something to do with the deluge of motivational quotes. I prefer the ones I've been posting lately. ;)

@Michelle & Sandra - I had a feeling you two would relate.... Tattoos? Seriously?

@jessica - I agree. It's unsustainable long term, unless you're into masochism

Kek said...

Stupid Blogger doesn't like the iPad... I wasn't FINISHED yet!

@Kathryn - Boring food will keep me going for maybe a week before I have a brain meltdown and find myself face-down in a pile of chocolate. Variety and flavour, Baby - that's what keeps me going.

Thanks for the heads up re your blog. I thought it might be a domain name renewal thing. What a PITA.

Liz N said...

Can't stand the fructose free debate, JFDI, eat less and exercise more and so forth...

Kek said...

@Liz - the old "fructose is the cause of every problem in the world" line. Yep, one of my favourites. Not.

Rockafella Skank said...

I have everyone talking about 'smashing' calories or workouts. It's such a 12WBT thing and for some reason it really annoys me - sounds so arrogant or something - like the person's done what no one else can.

I know a lot of the people who use it and know they aren't like that... it's just become an accepted term - but it irks me.

Kek said...

I use that one occasionally Deb, when I'm really in my training groove - but I get what you mean. Just goes to show that words have different effects on us all.

This post and the comments have made me think about the power of words... interesting stuff.

Sara said...

I can't stand the use of phrases that are supposed to make a diet or training regime seem edgy or really left-field innovative or like they have an incredible secret to reveal. For example, 'politically incorrect nutrition advice', 'what 'they' don't want you do know about cardio' or 'the one food you must NOT eat if you want to lose fat'. GAAAHHHHH. Go AWAY already.

Kek said...

Oh, we all know that there's ONE SECRET to weight loss. Sure there is....

Jessica said...

@Rockafella Skank - YESSS totally agree, I dunno why it annoys me but " smashing calories" really bugs me! ( I thought I was the only one!)

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