Mealtime should be the best part of the day. It’s time to take a break, nourish your body, and enjoy some delicious food. And if you’re eating with other people, even better—you get to enjoy good company and hopefully a lively conversation.
Unfortunately, that fun conversation can turn sour if you’re not careful. Since eating is such a personal choice, it’s really not anyone else’s business what someone, especially a woman, decides to eat or how she eats it. Not shockingly, people don’t enjoy being subjected to annoying statements and passive-aggressive remarks while they’re trying to finish their meal. So be sure you think twice before you comment on a woman’s food. Usually, it’s best to just keep your mouth shut—unless you’re actually taking a bite of your food.
“Dairy is Bad for You.”
I know, there are several grievances against dairy: we’re the only mammals that consume the milk of another animal, and dairy supposedly makes you gain weight. But many registered dietitians agree that unless you’re lactose intolerant, there’s no reason to give up dairy. In moderation, it can fit well into a healthy diet. And ditching dairy doesn’t even necessarily help you lose weight. Plus, I love cheese.
“That’s a Lot of Sugar.”
Just like anything, sugar is fine in moderation. The American Heart Association says you can have up to 25 grams of added sugar a day, and the FDA pushes that even more to 45 grams. Regardless, I track how much sugar I’ve eaten in a day and this is the only sugary thing I’ve had all day—and it’s totally worth it.
“Red Meat is Going to Kill You.”
Sure, red meat is higher in saturated fat and some processed red meats have been associated with colon cancer, but there are healthier cuts of red meat that can fit perfectly into a healthy diet. Take grass-fed beef—it’s leaner and has higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids, which have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, according to a study published in Nutrition Journal.