The other day while out running errands, I came across two different women in two different places doing the same thing: eating a large vat of frozen yogurt as their lunch. Both happened to be having conversations with people about what they were eating, which I overhead, partly because they were both in very close proximity to me, and partly because I’m always drawn to all things food (or things that are not food) and who is eating it and why!
One, a young woman who mentioned to a friend that she is now skinnier than she was before she had her baby, was commenting that because she is happy with her weight, there was no reason not to ‘cheat’ via having a frozen yogurt with all the toppings for lunch. Her friend, a bit heavyset, wistfully agreed, looking like she could only wish she were ‘skinny enough to get away with eating frozen yogurt as a meal’.
Later that same afternoon, at the nail salon, an older woman chatted to the lady doing her mani about her lunch. She was explaining that what she was eating was actually a healthy option for a meal because it was yogurt, not ice cream and therefore a great source of protein, good bacteria and calcium.
Good Heavens! Really?
Ok, I get it. Want something sweet now and then? You can actually have something quite decadent that’s still Paleo without the ramifications of ingesting dairy, including, but not limited to:
- An acidic pH in the body, leading to osteopenia over time
- Insulin resistance
- Impaired Zinc and Iron Absorption
If those factors aren’t important to you, and you still want that frozen dessert, at least be honest about it. It’s not lunch, it is a dessert and you’re not eating it because it’s a source of calcium, any more than if I were to claim that the reason I like a glass of Cabernet is because it’s a good source of resveratrol.
Come on, now!