• Am I A ‘Health Food Junkie’?

     

    “It turns out you are a junkie”.

     

    These were the words posted on my facebook page this morning from my good friend, Jack. He sent me a link to a new Channel 4 series called ‘Health Food Junkies’ and as the first episode was about those strange people labeled ‘Raw Foodists’, I thought I should check it out.

     

    It was very clear within the first five minutes which way this documentary was going to go. One of the first shots was of Suki Zoe (a well respected colonic hydrotherpist in the UK) coming out of the bathroom drinking a glass of her own wee. Great! So anyone who is new to raw foods now falsely believes you have to drink your own wee. Well done C4! The programme then followed Suki to work where she proceeded to give a woman a colonic. And yes, they showed her faeces coming through the tubes. So, before we even get on to anything to do with food, we have seen a persons bodily waste and someone drinking wee. Mmm, this raw food stuff sounds delicious, tell me more!

     

    Then, from over the creepy music (which is underscoring the whole programme) the narrator say’s –

    “A RADICAL DIETRY CONVERSION CAN HAPPEN TO ANYONE AT ANYTIME“.

    Agghhh! Help! They’ve got me! I’m being attacked by the evil raw chocolate smoothie! I mean, come on…

    We then see a very well spoken couple do their weekly raw food shop. The total? £169.40. The message? Eating raw foods is for rich people. The truth? This is rubbish! My weekly raw food shop comes to around a fifth of that. Eating healthily does not have to be expensive.

    These kind of negative subtle messages continued to play through out the entire programme. After hearing Suki explain that it isn’t physically possible for her to fancy a bloke who eats meat, we see her sat by herself drinking a solitary glass of vegetable juice. After seeing the rich posh couple host a raw dinner party for friends, we see one of the friends get into an argument with them and leave the table. Now this may be their reality, but it’s not mine.

    The underlying message in the programme (thanks to clever editing and selective content from Channel 4) seems to be that people who eat raw foods are:

    1. A bit weird
    2. Rich
    3. Slightly creepy
    4. Lonely

    Ok, I know I can be weird at times, but I’m not lonely and I wish I was bloody rich! And I’d really like to think I’m not creepy. However, no matter what message C4 were trying to convey, no one watching this show could deny how good these people look, or how big Kate Magic’s smile is. It’s like my Dad says, ‘what can’t speak can’t lie’. Every single person interviewed in that programme looked radiant and full of life, and for me that speaks louder than any sneaky editing ever could.

    The truth is, since eating more raw foods, I have become the happiest and healthiest I have ever been. I know I am lucky to have such amazing friends, but I haven’t lost a single one them because of the way I eat. Eating raw foods has rid me of anxiety, bad skin, unprovoked mood swings, fat, period pains, and insecurities but my friends have stayed put. Raw foods have given me a super strong immune system, glowing skin, tons of energy, a clear mind, confidence, supple joints and muscles, a positive outlook on life, and respect for myself and my body. I don’t feel like I am depriving myself of anything. I love creating delicious meals that are full of goodness, that make you feel great when you eat them. I love not feeling tired after eating, or shaky from drinking too much coffee or eating sugary foods. I just feel better; full stop! And if that’s what being labelled a ‘Raw Foodist’ or ‘Health Food Junkie’ means, then personally, I’ll take it.

     

10 Responsesso far.

  1. I would have to agree this is a bunch of “rubbish!” 🙂 I think that’s how you use it. hehe
    It’s amazing how people can warp the truth into something like this..
    It’s kind of scary how dark some of these media companies really are.
    Thank you for taking your time to expose this, to whomever reads it.
    It’s just scary that people want to warp the truth that much.
    Anyways, thanks for exposing this and spending time to spread the message and the truth! Miss ya man!

    -Max

    • lainey says:

      Thank you for taking the time to read it, Max!

      It’s frustrating, the media have so much power. They can portray something in which ever way they want and people believe it. Of course that goes for anything, not just raw foods. It’s just such a shame that people try to turn something so amazing into something to be afraid of. But we know thats a “bunch of rubbish”! Ha.

      I’m loving ahimsRAW 🙂 Miss you, too!

  2. Jack Trend says:

    Channel 4 has a tendency of dramatizing their documentaries in one spin or another. Ask Sally about the Dispatches on Royal Mail, she wasn’t impressed!

    I’m not sure if I just don’t like being told what to think but this has actually made me more interested in trying raw.

    In all of their edits of lonely ice cream deprived kids, Enema shakes and that awkward diner party where the guests looked like they were grimacing more at the cameras being shoved in their faces than at the salads. I didn’t see any evidence, or claims that there weren’t health benefits. It was just trying to trivialise and ridicule the lifestyle I guess.

    I just thought that unless you do it, you can’t judge the benefits… So with your help, I think Sally and I are up for trying it for a couple of weeks to see how we get on. At the very least it should be a good detox and help us loose some weight.

    Lets talk when we come back from Morocco!

    x

    • lainey says:

      Wow, Jack. Bloody brilliant. I can’t tell you how happy I am after reading this. It’s made my day.

      In fact, I have a proposition for you. I’ll email you, have a read and think it over whilst you’re in Morocco.

      Have an amazing time, and make the most of the fresh figs!

      Speak when you get back

      x
      .

  3. Laurra says:

    Wery well said! I watched the same programme a couple of months ago and was equally mortified – the fact is that people who don’t understand nutrition and who are blinded by adverts and diets that insist the only way to be thin and healthy is to eat sugar filled low fat low cal microwaved food will never be able to produce a documentary about raw food!

    talking about raw food also frightens a lot of people, they think its some sort of cult, or worse – that its not good for you! don’t worry, we’ll be the ones laughing when we’re cancer and heart disease free at the age of 125!

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    • lainey says:

      Hi Maggie, thank you for comment – the positive feed back is very much appreciated!

      Best wishes for your raw endevours 🙂

  5. kate magic says:

    hey lainey!

    can i just say that even tho that show is 5 yrs old people still come up2 me & say they went raw bcos of it. & the producer was instructed 2 present a “balanced view” but given that i think she did swing it in our favour & she did let me have the last word, so i was happy with how it came out. i’ve never reached 4 million people b4 or since.

    sorry i cant meet up with u this time i am absolutely swamped, maybe another time soon. i will be heading up north later in the year.

    x kate

    • lainey says:

      Hi kate!

      It’s really interesting u should say that, because a couple of my friends decided to go try raw food after watching it, too. So they were obviously doing something right! It just struck an uneasy chord with me for some reason, maybe because I was second guessing how people new to raw would take it. Hmm.

      No worries about not being able to meet, I totally understand. They’ll be plenty of opts in the future i’m sure. Good luck with everything ur doing at the moment, i’m lovin’ the latest recipes on the bubble btw 😉 Yum.

      Lainey x

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