In a recent interview with The New Potato, a food and lifestyle site that highlights the culinary escapades of creative professionals, Alexandra Shulman, the longest serving Editor-in-Chief at British Vogue, had no problem answering the first question about an ideal food day. (“No calorie counting,” added The New Potato, as if they’ve gotten many answers from editors that usually consist of a green juice with a handful of tiny seeds for a satisfying meal. *Yawn*)
And although Shulman is most likely surrounded by a food-conscious crowd from 9 to 5 every day, she’s not so much obsessed with what you’ve decided to not consume. She couldn’t care less. She’s more ticked about the fact that your dieting is not only lacking in calories, it’s lacking in common courtesy, too.
It’s become a bit of an obsession of mine, people being faddy about their eating. I don’t think it’s healthy and I don’t think it’s sociable. I think it’s relatively bad manners, all of the excuses people make for not eating.
So quit being so impolite and eat the damn free dessert at that dinner event — especially if Shulman’s around. Obviously, with any sort of diet (fad or not), moderation is key. And what Shulman really means is that she can’t bear to hear the constant self-shaming women tend to do after treating themselves to a great meal. (Aren’t we all guilty of this?) It’s something to think about the next time you find yourself doing just that, and most importantly if you happen to be setting an example for someone else.
I just wish people could take a bit more pleasure – real pleasure – in food, without eating and then self-flagellating about it immediately afterwards. … I also think it’s a really bad example. I’ve watched contemporaries of mine and the way they behave around food. They’ve got teenage girls; are they then surprised if their children have eating disorders?
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