Some thoughts on that Larabar commercial I saw and freaked out over.
So Tuesday night I was watching This Is Us and I saw a commercial that made me feel sick to my stomach. It’s littered with fear mongering! Watch away…
If I would’ve seen that commercial in my eating disorder it would’ve definitely messed with my head. So I wanted to discuss it on the blog in case this commercial messed with your head. We need to stay vigilant and recognize when we see crazy things like this and label them as such.
What I got from this commercial was…”Let’s only eat fruits, nuts and spices and nothing will ever happen to us. We won’t get cancer, diabetes, or heart disease. I will drive my brightly colored yellow mini cooper and wear brightly colored purple pants that I bought for full price at Anthropologie. I’ll live in my gorgeous modern mansion home with floor-to-ceiling windows and a bright orange door (and whose kids are in the backyard?). And I’ll be happy and healthy and never get sick because my food choices (not genetics or my socioeconomic status) determine my health outcomes.”
And then the man at the end has to stuff his pocket with 10 Larabars because everything else has ticky tacky! 3 for breakfast, 3 for lunch, and 4 for dinner. Yay.
The most ridiculous part of all this is I LOVE larabars. I think the chocolate chip cookie dough one is fabulous, but I don’t think they are healthier than chocolate chip cookie dough. The healthier option is the thing I am craving at that moment. Sometimes I crave a Larabar and sometimes I crave store bought chocolate chip cookie dough…both are fine.
We’re taught in our society that if we eat “clean” we can avoid disease.
On a Christy Harrison podcast recently, she and Rebecca Scritchfield mentioned that the research they’ve seen states that the behaviors and choices you make determine ~18% of your health outcomes. So manipulating your behaviors and choices doesn’t impact your health more than 18%. So 82% of our health is determined by genetics, socioeconomic factors, and other predetermined factors we can’t change easily. Yet “clean” food companies go around talking about how YOU are 100% responsible for your health outcomes. YOU are to blame if you get cancer, diabetes, heart disease, etc. HOW CRAZY?! YOU actually don’t have control over a lot of this.
I mean, I don’t recommend you eat a snickers bars for every meal because you probably won’t feel so great if you do that, but I also don’t recommend you feel insane around food because you are scared there is “ticky tacky” in them. The message that some food is potentially poisonous is so dangerous and so dramatic. It’s like The Bachelor…but with food.
This commercial implies that you should feel guilt and be terrified if you purchase something with preservatives. Yay vegetables, fruit, whole grains, organic foods…I’m all for those things! But you going to the grocery store and fearing buying foods is not healthy. That is the kind of mindset that leads into eating disorders.
UGH. Hated the commercial.
Love to you!<3