Vanity Diets

Let us face it, the way we look has a significant impact on our sense of self-worth, how we carry ourselves in society and even how we relate to the people around us. A good Doctor would tell you not to care. She would ask you to have the metabolic indicators of Usain Bolt and not worry about how you look. Despite the fact, stories abound of the extraordinary lengths that famous personalities go through to look good. I do not judge their motivations to do so but would have a thing to say about the manner in which they might get there.

This actor lives on shots of espresso or this actress lives on protein shakes or green smoothies. It is not my desire to pick on the acting community. Regular Joe’s end up doing the same; just to fit into that size two pair of jeans. Vanity, it seems knows no boundaries and manages to seep into your door, regardless. Some of us get on crazy diets of liquid juices or soups. Others chose to live on only protein because they have heard that carbohydrates make you fat. Some of us give up salt some give up sugar or fat or cheese. Pick your poison, you have heard or read that a particular type of food is the culprit making you look bad. Please note, I emphasize on the looks aspect because we never make the linkage between what we do and how unhealthy it can make us.

Here is the bitter truth. Skip consuming copper because your vanity diet did not account for it and your immune function will collapse. Sure it may be a few decades, but when it does, it will take you straight to emergency care, no questions asked, thank you very much. I don’t even want to start on the horrors that ensue if you do not eat vegetables.There is an alternative. You can eat a healthful diet and look fabulous.


Ritesh is a born again health enthusiast and holds a Certificate in Physiology from Harvard Medical School and a Certificate in Nutrition from Tufts University.