#22 – I love KFC and I hate Green Tea

True story.

Sometimes I’ll throw this line into a nutrition consultation to put a new client at ease.

“Ahh, he’s normal, I’m not going to be judged too harshly.”

It always makes me chuckle when people say:

“I can’t stand *insert popular fast food chain* – the food tastes disgusting!”

With respect, I think most people saying this are lying. I think they feel a moral obligation (exacerbated I’m sure by the fact I’m a nutritionist) to denigrate this type of food.

It’s fine if you have that opinion. 

Just realise that from a purely taste perspective you’re in the minority. Last time I checked McDonald’s are doing just fine. The combination of fat, salt and sugar have been concocted in a lab, tested in controlled conditions, and repeatedly tweaked to send your taste buds into overdrive.

Conversely, anyone who says they LOVE green tea…

…really?

I mean, it’s fine if you do, but are you just saying it?

I used to say I enjoyed green tea, I’m not sure why. I think I read somewhere that it had fat burning properties (FYI grossly exaggerated) and as a young personal trainer it felt like something I should be recommending.

This was a stage in my life I’ve where I found myself becoming a little too health conscious. 

You know the sorts of things:

  • Trying to eat exclusively organic
  • Worrying about artificial sweeteners
  • Avoiding starchy carbs
  • Avoiding dairy products

These are all largely unnecessary. 

These are things I thought I needed to do to be healthier. 

Kale shakes, cauliflower rice, coconut oil, almonds etc – there’s nothing wrong with any of these but you don’t have to eat them, far less profess your love for them. Just like you don’t have to spew hate towards Haribo or look down your nose at someone enjoying a Big Mac.

You can enjoy the occasional KFC and be just fine.

You can drink green tea out of preference.

We’re all different, it’s all good.

Don’t get too emotionally attached to your own dietary preferences and certainly don’t belittle others for theirs.

It’s food, not a religion.