Thursday 8 December 2016

The clean eating conundrum: Food-focused quackery masks age-old obsession

Rachel Lavin

Published 05/06/2016 | 02:30

'The problem is, though, no amount of quinoa, macca powder or detoxing cleanses will rid women of the age-old problems of low self-esteem, a superficially-based self-worth and a society that values narrow scopes of women’s beauty above all else' Photo: Getty Images
'The problem is, though, no amount of quinoa, macca powder or detoxing cleanses will rid women of the age-old problems of low self-esteem, a superficially-based self-worth and a society that values narrow scopes of women’s beauty above all else' Photo: Getty Images

I love food. Give me a roast chicken smothered in butter and paprika, a summer salad toppled with blueberries and blue cheese, or my mother's chocolate sprinkled pavlova and I am in a state of bliss.

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When my favourite writer Nora Ephron was dying of leukaemia, she wrote of the things she would miss. After family? "Waffles, the concept of waffles, twinkle lights, butter, Paris, and pie."

Yet, in recent years I noticed amongst my girlfriends that food has become something that was increasingly feared and could only be enjoyed as part of a strict and increasingly obscure regimen, all under the alias of 'clean eating'.

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