Sluts can relax. There’s yet another demographic being shamed. Kale enthusiasts everywhere are on high alert, forced to keep their green smoothies under wraps, hiding their blended antioxidant concoctions under concealment of metal coffee mugs to avoid what is generally called "Salad Shaming."
Salad Shaming isn’t new and it isn’t just happening on the Internet. It happens all the time, in real life – at water coolers, in restaurants, at parties – really anywhere folks who innocently engage in facets of healthy living like eating sensibly and working out are vulnerable to public stone throwing.
I haven’t commented on this phenomenon because I’m a lucky health nut surrounded by friends who for the most part are on the same page about healthy eating, exercise and overall lifestyle and who tend to use me as an encyclopedia of all things nutrition, health and fitness related. Although, I have been the receiver of for instance, a passive aggressive Salad Shaming email with the subject line, "Have you heard of this?" that contained a link to the Wikipedia page on Orthorexia. I’m able to recognize what was meant to be the humor in that, but my rant button was pushed hardcore when one of my fit-livin’ buddies recounted a "health shaming" incident they recently suffered to me.
Here is a generalized example of what went down in order to protect both the innocent and the guilty. Healthy Person is at their corporate job when a "catered" lunch is brought in to the office. Oh joy – it’s multiple pizzas from a national franchise! There must have been a deal on cheese stuffed crust mega meat pizza with free frosted deep fried cinnamon sugar sticks for dessert. Healthy Person scoots around the morning’s leftover donut spread and opts for their brown bag packed full of clean, fresh foods and sips from their refillable water bottle.
The healthy person’s co-workers observe in shock between bites of refined carbohydrates and saturated fats. They gulp sugary so…Read more...