Alright, y’all. I love me some spiralized zucchini too. I personally love it topped off with some goat cheese and an olive oil drizzle. YUM. However, they tend to get the reputation in society (primarily diet culture) that they are a “clean” alternative to pasta. The problem isn’t that we’re eating spiralized zucchini; the problem lies in leading women to believe that pasta is off-limits and must be substituted.
The diet industry sustains itself by marketing “health and wellness” in a way that is actually far FROM it. Women (literally) buy into the industry to find out what they are allowed to eat, and what they are prohibited from eating. Apart from missing out on delish carb-rich sources (among other food groups), women are also allowing the diet industry to generalize what their bodies need in terms of nourishment.
Okay, back to the “zoodles” before I go off on a rant. Of course it’s 100% okay that you experience cravings for a veggie-focused meal; and likewise, it’s 100% okay that you honor those cravings! This is what intuitive eating is all about, right? What is NOT okay, however, is how vegetables are being marketed for other food that it will NEVER become.
This is giving a few different messages:
- That carbs are “bad” and off-limits.
- That carbs should be replaced.
- That our cravings are not, in fact, valid.
Of course each of these messages is failing to realize the complexity of the human body in that we need ALL food. Our bodies aren’t trying to trick us. They know what they need to feel fully nourished; and this body wisdom is not meant to be invalidated or ignored.
If we’re craving pizza, no amount of cauliflower crust will fulfill a craving for actual dough. No amount of zoodles will satisfy the desire for pasta. No amount of mushroom caps can fulfill your craving for a burger nested between an actual bun.
I happened to eat spiralized zucchini a few weeks ago, and it was fantastic. However, if I was craving pasta (made from flour) on this day, but chose zucchini noodles instead? I’d be left feeling deprived and most likely still physically (AND EMOTIONALLY) hungry. rather than listening to my own body’s cues, I’d be falling into the trap of diet mentality. And so I’ll repeat: our bodies know exactly what it is they need in the moment. It’s our job is just to listen, and honor them.