(Photo credit: Sara Kiesling)
If you?ve read any of the latest issues of People magazine, you may have noticed their weekly celebrity ?What I Eat In A Day? feature.
While it?s always fun to get a glimpse into the real lives of our favorite celebrities, I think this particular column is not only misleading but also quite dangerous. Many of the featured celebrities are listed as eating somewhere around 1200 calories per day, making it seem like this is what anyone who wants a body like theirs should also do. In one feature where the celebrity actually did eat a higher amount of calories, the nutritionist recommended she scale her portions back?even though the celebrity in question leads a highly active lifestyle and is far from overweight!
By only showing one day in the life, with no disclaimers about how much these women are consuming on average in a week or month, I think the article unintentionally sends out a dangerous message, especially to impressionable kids and teenagers wishing to emulate their favorite celebs. The featured women look healthy and vibrant, which most likely means they?re either eating more than they claim or are just not giving the full picture by mentioning occasional splurges on drinks, dinners out, or other indulgences to account for the extra calories keeping them properly fueled. (While 1200 calories per day may be healthy for some individuals, the USDA lists a much higher number as the average caloric needs of a young and active woman not looking to lose weight.)
I wanted to publish today?s post as my answer to the ?What I Eat In A Day? feature; to show an alternative to the Hollywood standard of eating. Not all healthy women are eating the way Hollywood would like you to believe, and no one should ever make you feel guilty for eating a less-than-?perfect? diet or indulging in dessert. When I read the weekly features, I?m shocked at how clean these girls eat. Eating clean is great? but eating should also be fun. Unless you get enjoyme...