Fifty Shades of Grey in Nutrition

I just finished reading Fifty Shades of Grey.

Yes, I admit it.  I’m on vacation and I couldn’t resist picking up the most talked about book of the summer for the beach.

fifty shadesThe book has been quite a phenomenon.  A movie is already in the works and there’s been all sorts of spin-offs — from the Bobbi Brown Shades of Grey eye shadows to an album of Christian Grey-inspired classical music that was curated by the book trilogy author E.L. James.

Most definitely, this has been a Fifty Shades of Grey summer.

This got me thinking that there are lots of shades of grey when it comes to nutrition.  Maybe that’s why it can be so confusing.

All too often people speak about food in absolutes — this food is “bad” and this food is a “miracle.”  Or this diet is best, no this is the best diet.

Frequently claims are made based on a single study.  Yet before sweeping conclusions are made, there are multiple factors to consider.  It’s not that simple, not that black and white.  Often there’s a nugget of truth in many of these bold declarations, but it’s all a matter of extremes.  Again, lots of shades of grey. 

Lastly, the book reminds me that we should all honor our inner goddess.  That means eating well, enjoying food and avoiding negative self-talk. 

Image courtesy of Naomi Mann on flickr

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