- Information and ideas relating to nutrition deliberately spread to help or harm a group or institution
- Inflammatory or overly hyped information about one food that passes as news but is really a paid advertisement
Example: I’m getting really tired of the nutraganda in some health magazines. This month, they had an article about beer being a good post-workout beverage, and sure enough, a few pages later, there was a beer advertisement.
- A nutrition expert or professional who is more focused on weight loss than overall health, showing more concern over total calories than the quality of fats, protein, and carbohydrates
- A nutrition expert or professional who liberally recommends low-calorie or claorie-free sugar substitutes and fat replacers (ie: offers recipes for baked goods made with Splenda and savory dishes with fat-free cheese) over real food
Example: “That health expert who talked at the corporate retreat was such a thintritionist – she kept talking about good nutrition as a way to shed pounds and look great, but never mentioned the way diet can help lower your risk of developing heart disease or Type 2 diabetes.”
- An individual who is overly concerned with one aspect of health while completely ignoring others
- A preachy or boastful person who fancies themselves a picture of health despite having certain unhealthy habits
Example: Tim is such a healthpocrite. He refuses to eat anything that has trans fats or white sugar, yet has no qualms smoking a half pack of cigarettes every weekend.
- The insertion of guilt into nutrition information
- Attempting to convince an individual to engage in certain dietary habits by appealing to their sense of guilt, especially as it relates to their children’s health
Example 1: “It’s a shame so many breastfeeding advocates practice guiltrition. Instead of simply informing you about the issue, they make you feel like a horrible mother for even considering feeding your baby formula on an ‘off’ day!”
Example 2: “Yesterday’s conference featured a hardcore guiltritionist. She kept going on and on about how “a good parent” would never feed their child conventional produce.”
- total separation from a food that was once a dietary staple, due to allergies, health reasons, or taste preferences
Example: “I’m heartbroken. Turns out I’m allergic to nuts. I have no choice but to get a foodvorce from almond butter. “
- An individual who consistently mentions going on a diet “next Monday”, usually following several days of eating rich, calorically-dense meals
- An individual who sets very strict dietary restrictions on him or herself every Monday, only to eventually resort to his or her usual dietary habits by Wednesday
Example: “My brother is your typical Mondayer. He eats horribly all weekend long, tells us he’s going to start eating healthier on Monday, spends Monday subsisting on rice cakes, Special K bars, and baby carrots, overeats on Tuesday, and tells himself that next Monday he’s ‘really’ going to start eating healthy.”
- A potato-based product composed of dried potatoes mixed with flours, stabilizers, and other ingredients (i.e.: corn starch)
- A potato-based product available in shapes not found in nature.
Example: I was slightly disappointed that my sandwich was accompanied with a side of fauxtatoes, rather than real potato chips.
- A difficult situation encountered by a vegetarian or vegan, usually at a restaurant or gathering, where the only dish they can eat is an uninspired salad or a side of steamed carrots and peas
- An unpleasant situation, also mainly experienced at restaurants or gatherings, in which a vegetarian or vegan must choose to eat a lame side dish or an entree that requires picking out, or eating around, an unwanted ingredient
- Emotional distress experienced by a vegetarian or vegan about his or her eating habits upon going to dinner at a new acquaintance’s home
Example: I had quite the vegilemma at Steph’s luncheon — eat a portobello steak (which I hate) or pick out pieces of ham from the ham, spinach, and red pepper frittata.
- A ridiculously small serving size
- An unrealistic serving size used by food companies to make a product seemed lower in calories, saturated fat, or sodium
Example: “I saw so many absurvings in the frozen food aisle today. I counted ten frozen meals advertised as “dinner for one” that only gave nutrition information for half the package!”
- Group dinner participant who takes it upon him/herself to order appetizers for the entire table, often without prior consultation
- Group dinner participant who, as a result of strict self-imposed dietary habits, limits shareable appetizers for the group to those that exclusively meet his or her dietary needs
Example: Things got a little tense at Mark’s birthday dinner when Steve, ever the appetyrant, made a strange plea to only order low-carb appetizers for the whole table, which was then followed by a rant on the evils of grains.
- The overwhelming feeling of indecisiveness experienced upon browsing the cereal aisle at a supermarket
- The often frustrating and time-consuming quest to find a cereal that is high in nutrition and taste (and reasonably priced); often accompanied by nutrition label comparisons and careful reading of ingredients
Example: Sorry I took so long at the supermarket. I had the worst case of cerealitis!
- Annoying individual (usually a friend, family member, or workmate) who always comments on what you eat, usually accompanying his or her nosiness with judgment.
Example: My office deskmate, Ralph, is such a foodarazzo. If he walks past my desk when I’m eating breakfast, he asks a bunch of questions about it and makes some obnoxious comment about how unhealthy it is.
1.a home where absolute power is exercised by a diet-obsessed family member.
2.absolute, imperious, or overbearing power or control over one’s own diet, and that of individuals living in the household.
3. a household overrun with low-carb and/or low-fat synthetic foods, particularly ready-to-drink shakes and ready-to-eat bars.
4. a household that bans entire groups of foods due to their “fattening” properties.
Example: The Jones run a strict dietatorship. Sweets are only allowed if they are low-fat and made with no-calorie sweeteners, and the kids are only allowed to keep two pieces of candy after trick-or-treating.
- a cloyingly sweet, calorie-laden coffee-based beverage
- a coffee-based beverage that more closely resembles a milkshake or soda float
I just saw an ad for a new coffeetrocity: an iced latte made with half & half and caramel syrup, topped with whipped cream, chocolate syrup, and chocolate chips.