Summer Tomato blogger and author Darya Rose asks why “virtually all health and diet advice” seems directed at “perfect” eaters who “eat for one reason and one reason alone: optimal health and nutrition.”
Rose describes mythical “Nutricons” who “are completely rational about their food decisions” and also points out the seemingly Emperor’s New Clothes aspect of what/how we eat:
Nutrition knowledge is meaningless unless we can actually implement it in our daily lives. … Unless you acknowledge that your actions will never be driven by nutrition knowledge, you’ll continue to spin your wheels and blame yourself––instead of the bad advice––each time nature shows you that you’re a human and not a robot.
To get healthy you need to understand what really drives you to eat, because hoping that you will one day be motivated enough to make salad instead of ordering pizza isn’t very rational.
Per Monday’s QOTD I would add that when trying to understand what really drives “you” to eat, you should also consider how alike “you” are to the millions and millions of other people who are driven to eat pizza instead of salad.