Actually, I do like kale but I have many clients who don’t. They often admit this to me within the first five minute of a conversation. It goes something like this: “I have been trying really hard to eat better– but I don’t like kale”. Then this look of failure washes across their face. Conversely, I usually giggle a bit and them give them a hug. Why? Because it is 100% OKAY to not like kale. Loving kale does not win you a healthy eating gold medal. Not even close.
Let’s circle back to one of my favorite nutrition recommendations (you can find more in my Conscious Living 101 article):
- Variety is key. People often ask me, “What is the best vegetable, nut, seed…” and my answer is always the same, there is no ONE superfood. Each food has its own unique nutrient profile and considering a healthy diet is comprised of a diversity of nutrients it’s a good idea to eat a diversity of ingredients!
This goes for kale and really any food that has been perched on a shiny pedestal. I get really annoyed with the concept of superfoods. Why? Let me tell you. Deeming a food super perpetuates the idea that there is a “magical” food that will guarantee your health. Um. This is totally bogus. Plus, when a food becomes super it often becomes expensive. Great– now you have to deal with the added pressure of affording this so called superfood or you will not be healthy!? Insert feelings of failure and guilt. Yay.