What I eat in a day videos were unknown to me until recently. One day I found myself on YouTube, looking at countless videos about fit people detailing what they ate on their days.
That was exciting of course, as is everything new. I was fascinated by the idea that a person could put all the food they ate into a video so the world could access that information. I knew a simple healthy lifestyle requires a good diet, so of course I knew this was something I had to check out.
I delved into these videos, and fell in love way too quickly. I have to admit, I clicked on the first video with a genuine intention to get some advice. Things were going so well with my eating that I thought I’d only be promoting what I was already doing as far as my diet was concerned.
But then I started clicking mindlessly on other videos. I got so deep into this world that I’d ditch my own work and go to YouTube just to spend all my valuable time watching people eat.
It didn’t take long for these what I eat in a day videos to take their toll on me. I’d counted myself as a healthy person before I started watching these videos. But now my eating was going haywire. Before I knew what was happening, I’d lost complete control of my eating and instead, it had taken control of me.
So after about two months of watching these videos nonstop, I decided I’d stop watching them. So for a good six months after that, I didn’t even look at any thumbnail of a what I eat in a day video.
I got my eating back on track. Felt as alive as I’d felt before I discovered these videos.
And then at the beginning of this very month (July), I found myself back to binge watching these videos. I took to them with new vigor and excitement. But it didn’t take long for these videos to burn me again.
And now I’m back in that stage where I’ve lost control of my eating. I’ve seen the damage these what I eat in a day videos can do to the watcher. So I’m about to give you reasons why you should stop watching them.
- Reason #1: what I eat in a day videos rarely cater for the underdog
And this is very true. We know that eating healthy is not expensive. In fact, it’s the cheapest thing you can do because you can even grow the food you eat.
For example, I know I can’t afford to keep buying vegetables and fruits from the store, so I’m about to start my own backyard garden where I can grow my own vegetables all year round.
My neighbors grow oranges, lemons and peaches in their backyards, and I’ll start battering for these with my vegetables. I’ll get the best of everything without spending money.
But what I eat in a day videos rarely show any backyard gardening, or its pros. I don’t know about you but in these videos I’m always taken into a grocery store where everything is bought.
Remember that enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle is accessible to everybody. So refuse to let anyone mislead you into thinking you can’t afford to eat right because you definitely can.
- Reason #2: A lot of the food shown in what I eat in a day videos is processed
This one always stuns me. I see a lot of supposedly healthy food in these videos, yet the food is heavily processed.
In my home, I have one item in my cupboards that’s processed. And that’s the spice my family uses. Other than that, I do not eat any processed foods. We eat our grains unprocessed, as well as our milk, meat, vegetables and whatever fruit is in season.
So what was I thinking following the advice of someone who eats heavily processed foods when I know it’s better to stay away from these foods?
- Reason #3: What I eat in a day videos are more concerned with getting more views than actually helping you
It’s true. We see countless what I eat in a day videos, and the majority of them couldn’t care less about helping you. There are only a few genuine videos out there. But the majority have no incentive to help you. The vloggers act like they are helping you, but what they are doing is mostly for views.
- Reason #4: What I eat in a day videos are permeated with unhealthy eating
I can’t name vloggers here out of respect for them. But there are a lot of what I eat in a day videos that are just downright dangerous to the viewers. You see vloggers sipping on smoothies all day long with no proper meals.
And the signature food in these videos is almost always smoothies. I have nothing against smoothies. But when the smoothies take the place of proper meals, that’s where I have a problem.
We have to have proper meals and can’t maintain a healthy eating plan outside of proper meals. Don’t feel compelled to follow any fad diet you meet in what I eat in a day videos.
Forget the smoothie diet, and the six small meals a day diet. I speak about why the ‘eating six small meals a day’ plan is not working for you.
- Reason #5: What I eat in a day videos promote supplements you don’t need
Every one of these videos always has a protein shake somewhere. I’d never heard of protein powder until I started watching these videos. I have to say, I don’t like what I have to say about protein powder.
What could possibly be the reason to justify taking something like protein powder and all those supplements when you can ingest them naturally? What happened to eating the right foods so you can get every nutrient you need?
I understand that a lot of our vloggers are sponsored by companies which make these supplements. But you should be aware of this and realize some of the things these people advertise are only to keep their end of the bargain with these supplement companies.
- Reason #6: What I eat in a day videos can trigger an eating disorder
I know this first hand. These videos can shake you even when you’ve never had an eating disorder. I started doubting my eating when I watched all these what I eat in a day videos. That’s because of the ‘food envy’ these videos promote.
‘Food envy’ is when you are envious of what someone else eats, even when you might be eating similar foods. I abandoned my everyday staples in favor of what the vloggers were eating. And because my body was not happy with this change, I spiraled into uncontrollable binge eating.
I can imagine the problem to be worse if you’ve struggled with an eating disorder before. It’s not worth it watching these videos and going back on all the progress you’ve made to get out of the eating disorder.
Be honest with yourself about the food you are eating. You know the basics of a good diet. It’s a balanced diet. Remember that everything should be eaten in moderation.
Binge eating is usually a sign that your body is unhappy in some way. Learn how to stop binge eating. If you’ve started worrying about calories thanks to these videos, and you shouldn’t be, read my post on how to stop obsessing over calories.
- Reason #7: what I eat in a day videos contradict each other
This is one of the reasons why I felt inadequate in my eating. I know eggs are good, and that meat is healthy, as long as these foods, just like other foods, are eaten in moderation and as part of a balanced diet.
Some of the what I eat in a day videos will be echoing this. But there’ll be some which will be telling you eating all animal products is bad. Because we look up to these vloggers, we are thrown into a dilemma and almost always feel compelled to abandon our eating habits in favor of theirs.
- Reason #8: What I eat in a day videos ironically go against listening to your body
Maybe the vloggers are listening to their bodies. But are you listening to your body or you are listening to them give an account of how they listen to their bodies?
It can be hard to listen to your own body when you’ve let a vlogger get into your head like that. If you find yourself tempted to exercise a certain way because your favorite vlogger exercises that way;
Or you feel like you must sleep for only 5 hours a night because this vlogger is hellbent on working hard at the expense of their health;
Or you feel like you must stop drinking milk just because your vlogger said milk is bad for them, even though it’s good for you;
then you have to realize you’ve gone against listening to your body.
Step back from what I eat in a day videos and get back in touch with your body by listening to it. Read my post on how to listen to your body.
- Reason #9: What I eat in a day videos do not have any entry requirements
Anybody can make what I eat in a day videos, including you. While that might seem like something to celebrate, it’s actually not that good. If anybody can make what I eat in a day videos, then it means sometimes we follow the advice of people who are not qualified to give such advice.
We know enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle is accessible to everyone. But you can’t begin to give advice on healthy eating if you are not eating healthy. The advice has to come from your own experiences, from the heart.
I can judge by some of the content of these videos that certain vloggers have histories of unhealthy eating. Imagine following advice from such people, adopting their habits and signing into unhealthy eating without being aware of it.
- Reason #10: What I eat in a day videos take away the spontaneity of healthy eating
Remember that enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle has to be effortless because it’s what we were meant to do by our creator. Don’t make it rigid and mechanical by watching what I eat in a day videos that now dictate to you what to eat and when to eat it.
That takes away the spontaneity of healthy eating. I miss the times healthy eating was spontaneous to me. I reached for the right kinds of food without thinking too much about it and lived my days without thinking of food nonstop.
Now thanks to these what I eat in a day videos, food has taken the place of more important things. I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again: we eat to live, we don’t live to eat. Food is meant to give us the strength to live our lives. Don’t get your life centered around food. That’s truly a pathetic life.
The final word
Do yourself a huge favor by avoiding what I eat in a day videos at all costs. Look at the reasons I’ve outlined above and be honest with yourself about whether or not they resonate with you. And I’m willing to bet they do. Maybe not all of them, but the majority.
And even if it’s only one reason you identify with, that’s still a strong enough reason to stop watching these videos and focus on enjoying a simple healthy lifestyle the way it was meant to be enjoyed: spontaneously.
Thank you for reading this post. Maybe you love what I eat in a day videos like I used to. Tell us about that. Or maybe now you’ve stepped away from them like I have. Tell us about that as well. Or maybe you’ve been undecided about whether or not to continue watching them. Well, tell us about that. And I hope these reasons help you make up your mind.