Dear Marie Claire, go fuck yourself.

Photo courtesy of Marie Claire via Getty Images. But wait, don't bananas make you fat?

Marie Claire would really like you to starve yourself to death. Or at least that’s how it seems from this pile of unadulterated bullshit.

“What Nutritionists Really Eat!”

Let’s take a look, shall we?

Up first, Natalia Rose:

BREAKFAST 

  • Lemon tea with fresh, raw grated ginger, a squeeze of lemon, and Stevia to taste (a natural, calorie-free sweetener), 24 fl oz — 3 calories*
  • Mountain Valley Spring Water, 16 fl oz — 0 calories

LUNCH

  • Nothing

DINNER

  • One small watermelon — 230 calories
  • Two cantaloupes — 376 calories
  • Two bananas — 200 calories
  • Smoothie (pineapple, avocado, kale, alfalfa sprouts, coconut water, mint) — 366 calories

DESSERT

  • Box of Salud macaroons, 4.5 oz — 604 calories

TOTAL DAILY CALORIES: 1,779

THIS IS TOTALLY BONKERS. No breakfast (lemon tea and water do not count) and no lunch but it’s probably because she’s saving all her calories for dinner when she pigs out on various melons!  And then for dessert, in a completely confusing twist, an entire box of macaroons. This is a picture of disordered eating, and Marie Claire presents it without comment, as if these diets are something to strive for, something to attain. Natalia Rose’s attitude towards food is clearly fucked:

“Instead of being bogged down by your meal, you should be elevated by it. I don’t use food mindlessly as a social pastime or something to do when I’m bored. It’s spiritual, and truly part of a holistic lifestyle. I believe that we take our vitality predominantly from the air, sunlight, and clean water, so I don’t take anything but this ‘life force energy’ until the sun goes down, then I enjoy nutrient-rich foods — along with others that are less so but that I enjoy anyway! Of course there are fun things to eat. But most people eat to escape their lives. A lot of us don’t realize that we don’t need to do things the normal way.”

The “normal way”  being eating food to, you know, survive? She doesn’t use food as a “social pastime,” so that means she’d be the most insufferable person ever to spend time with, and since she only eats calories after the sun goes down I have to assume that she is, in fact, some kind of vampire.

The rest of the women (obviously they’re all women) are a variation on this same theme, with some edging closer to a healthy daily intake of food, you know, the stuff that keeps us alive. Most of them have nothing but lemon water for breakfast (is there something I don’t know about lemon water? will it give me magical powers?) and then an assortment of tiny servings of tiny food throughout the rest of the day. “no more than 15 baby carrots!” “kale smoothie!” “Rainbow Light EnzyMend digestive enzyme supplement.” Sounds delicious.

This is not the first time Marie Claire has shown us an ugly side. A few months ago columnist Maura Kelly drew fire for this outrageously offensive piece about how fat people gross her out. (She updated the piece and added an apology, but  frankly, that doesn’t mean shit to me.)

The worst part of course, is that these people are nutritionists. People pay them actual money to give them nutritional guidance. But from the sounds of it, they might just be paying them to take their food away.

“Listen ladies, I know this great little weight loss retreat. It’s a rural village in Rwanda where the only source of food is rotting cabbage. You’ll go down at least two dress sizes, guaranteed!”

To publish this not only without comment but as reliable information from “experts” on the matter is flat out dangerous. People talk a lot about “body image” and “media influence” and “dying from anorexia,” but we can’t let our guard down. We can’t becomes desensitized to this kind of bullshit because the threat it presents is real. We have to remain vigilant in calling this out when we see it.

After reading this all I wanted to do was eat a piece of pizza. And if you feel the same way, go ahead and do so, in moderation, along with lots of fresh fruits and vegetables.

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17 thoughts on “Dear Marie Claire, go fuck yourself.

  1. jacquie says:

    bravo. excellent post.

  2. metricjulie says:

    Oh, this is my first time seeing you tweet/reading your blog.

    I find this most excellent. I had an eating disorder 8 years ago, and went through painful (and painfully humiliating) nutritional education and therapy.

    I will ALWAYS call out this kind of bullshit. I’m glad I’m not the only one. Bravo!

  3. Tara says:

    Well put Courtney. I read the article when you posted it on facebook and was outraged! As for the first women, I’m seriously wondering where she got her nutritional training… her diet is clearly lacking in protein and many minerals and vitamins… and actually, very high in sugar. How could they portray this as a “healthy” diet?? Bonkers.

  4. Shirine says:

    You are unfortunately sorely misrepresenting both Natalia Rose and the diet she advocates, which in fact emphasizes the consumption of whole, clean foods such as, yes, fruits and vegetables, but also sprouted grains, organic fish, eggs, and goat milk products (as you may know, mainstream meat and dairy products have been found to contain traces of growth hormones and antiobiotics). She also strongly recommends liberal portion sizes, and principally advocates that we think about the quality of the ingredients which make up our meals rather than count calories. It’s also interesting to see that you seem to take national nutritional guidelines for granted, as though they could not reflect a bias of their own, such as the global overproduction of grain and dairy which corporations are fighting hard to sell, both in Parliament and in the media.

    Research holistic nutrition if you’re interested in raising these types of questions, it can help broaden the scope of analysis.

  5. Panic says:

    Oh, you don’t know about lemon water? It’s actually a pretty classic appetite suppressant.

  6. meaghan says:

    This is not the first time I’ve read ridiculous claims about “getting vital energy from the sun.” Yes, vitamin D is great, but guess what? We’re not plants!!!

    Great post, though. You were linked on the G&M!

  7. Robotlove says:

    Natalia is hovering around the recommended amount of calories per day of a woman 18-30 who does not lead an active lifestyle.

    It’s not really that zany to be honest!

  8. Liliana says:

    While I agree that the first woman’s food diary seems unhealthy, specially for a nutrionist, the rest are between 1450 and 2300 calories, which seem like an OK amount of calories, coming from mostly non processed food. Most of us don’t want to be eating some of the stuff they’re eating, but then again, I’m not as informed about what they’re health benefits might be.

    • drst says:

      And the vast majority of the global population doesn’t have access to their rarified food, which makes their advice classist and privileged and useless to people who are living with food insecurity or in food deserts or who are on a budget or have anything else in their lives like a job, kids, spouses, hobbies that require energy.

  9. Renee says:

    Funny, this morning I was reading the Sept 2010 issue of Allure magazine and the article glorified a women losing 120 pounds in 4 months!!! But they wouldn’t say what the diet and exercise consisted of. She paid an “expert” $25,000!!!

    Harpers Bazaar ran it too
    http://www.harpersbazaar.com/beauty/health-wellness-articles/jen-ramey-diet-weightloss-story-0211

  10. The truly disturbing thing in Marie Claire’s uncommented dissemination of this information is not necessarily what appears on the surface. Sure, some of these diets could use more X or more Y food group, but for the most part the calorie ranges are not starvation.

    But that’s not the point.

    Courtney nails the actual point when she stresses that these are ~disordered ways of eating~. (Some of the lists, like Natalia’s, more so than others.) So the calories and etc. may not be “zany” but the food philosophy supported by this piece is what’s deeply troubling (whether or not these nutritionists would actually advocate what the piece as a whole promotes).

  11. […] not only does Marie Claire want you to follow some heinously misguided “nutrition” advice to achieve your ideal body, they have also kindly provided a handy tool to help you imagine what […]

  12. Dietitian says:

    This is a perfect example of why people need to stop paying money to “nutritionists” who do not have actual degrees in nutrition, but rather take a quick and easy, non-science program at an institution that is not a college or university (i.e. a BUSINESS that just cares about getting money). Only take the advice of registered dietitians, who are accountable by law for their counsel. There is no such thing as a registered nutritionist, it is a trademarked phrase, not a government registered profession. Stop the cycle of disordered eating!

    • Kelly says:

      She went to NYU. She is a clinical nutritionist. It’s funny.. most nutritionists I’ve met are overweight. Who would want their advice??

  13. […] themselves, I’m downright offended that this even got published. So I’ll join you, Courtney, in raising the middle finger, and giving one big, fat, Fuck you, Marie […]

  14. Kelly says:

    I agree that Marie Claire should not have published something like this.. but I also believe it is untrue. I have Natalia Rose’s books and she suggests nothing of the kind (the macaroons are probably raw btw.. which makes them healthy, rather than loaded with processed sugar). In her books she says to have a “pre-breakfast” green juice and then for breakfast fruits or another juice (which has more vitamins and minerals than typical breakfasts most people consume). For lunch she suggests sandwiches or soup and dark chocolate as a snack. She believes in eating light to heavy throughout the day so dinner is the heaviest meal, rather than breakfast. Her dinner suggestions range from soups and salads to seafood and then dessert which can consist of a raw vegan mousse. If that article is truly her diet I guess it’s her choice and if it works for her that’s fine.. but she definitely does not promote anything like that in her books. I have been going along her guidelines for eating for about 2 weeks now and my weight has remained stable, but I definitely feel I have more energy and just feel lighter in general. If anyone is going to change their way of eating it’s always best to research it and hopefully anyone who read that Marie Claire article was was wise enough to do so rather than diving into a nearly fruitarian lifestyle.

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