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Orthorexic control freaks…and other symptoms of quitting sugar

What is this post about?

  • A lady quit sugar for one year, and wrote a book about it
  • A reviewer slated her behaviour as orthorexic and obsessive!
  • That same reviewer, on other days, writes recipes for biscuits and pizza

Main conclusions:

  • In my opinion, they are both trying to sell stories to their readers, when they should focus on natural healthy living
  • MND circumvents all this bullshit, and just get’s on with abundant healthy living


Read on to learn more.

So a lady wrote a book “Year of No Sugar” which seems pretty sensible to me - for MND I preach ‘no sugar’ for life, so one year seems like a good starting point.

She seems like a nice and genuine lady, you can visit her blog here.

However, the book received this utter slating of a book review, titled ‘Year of No Sugar Reads Like a How-To Manual for an Eating Disorder’ - frankly, harsh!

In the slating, on a website called slate (you go figure), the reviewer says “Moderation, though, does not get you a book deal. Year of No Sugar reads like a how-to manual for an eating disorder.” and “For a project that stems from such a good idea—eat less sugar—Year of No Sugar comes across as a maddeningly arbitrary yet worryingly fanatical exercise in self-control. And yet the parts of Schaub’s journey that most resemble symptoms of orthorexia nervosa are played for laughs. She jokes that she has a “Little Control Freak” on her shoulder. In Schaub’s world (and that of her editor and publisher, apparently), a hyper-controlling attitude toward food isn’t a reason for concern; it’s a completely normal trait.”

Frustratingly pointless opinion

In my opinion, it’s all a real shame.

A shame that modern food is so pumped full of sugar.

A shame that avoiding the stuff get’s someone labelled as orthorexic.

A shame that the reviewer (L.V.Anderson) fails to share a picture of herself - let us decide in one look what she KNOWS about healthy living, before casting judgement on the notion of living without sugar. I scanned through some of her other posts, here are some quotes from other things she has written recently:

  • “Naturally, deep-fried okra is good, just like deep-fried anything is good.”
  • “Counterintuitively, you want to cook it so long it’s just shy of burning. A long frying session will give the okra time to dry out as its liquid evaporates, and that dried out texture is what you want if you’re trying to avoid slime.”
  • “Chinese dumplings. Jiaozi, bao, mantou, shumai—I will enthusiastically eat these things if you invite me to dim sum…”
  • “Homemade Americanized Chinese dumplings are way cheaper than the restaurant version, and you can make many, many times more of them than you get in a typical restaurant order.”
  • “Put the sesame oil and 1 tablespoon of the canola oil in a large skillet over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the…” and “Put the remaining 3 tablespoons canola oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When it’s hot, add a single layer of dumplings and cook until golden brown on the bottom…”
  • “Now that I make my living as a cooking curmudgeon…”
  • “There are a wealth of good bagelries within a mile of my apartment building in Brooklyn”
  • “Biscuits have a lifespan of a few hours at best, so, once they’re out of the oven, eat them as soon as you can. This would be a difficult imperative if we were talking about baking-powder biscuits, but if you use buttermilk, you will find it no challenge at all to scarf them down right quick.”

Sorry, I’ll stop there…some of these comments she also wrote in April 2014, while trashing the Year of No Sugar book. So this lady loves dumplings, deep-fried anything, she fries in canola oil, she describes herself as a ‘cooking curmudgeon’ (someone easily angered and critical) and her column offers ‘How to’ recipes for bread, biscuits, bagels and pizza. Seriously, Ms Anderson, what the hell do you think you know about healthy living? Who the heck do you think you are to criticise this author? You are an assistant editor and food columnist for an online magazine, you are a self-professed food curmudgeon, easily angered and slating someone for trying to be healthy. Your opinion counts for nought.

It’s also a shame that the lady who wrote the book (Eve Schaub) had to resort to using “natural” artificial sweeteners, and she clearly expends considerable effort analysing food labels to ‘the enth degree’ to avoid the remotest traces of sugar. (She needs MND Core Principle 12 - don’t sweat the small stuff! It’s not worth the raise in cortisol to stress over those last tiny traces. Unless you have an excessive gluten sensitivity, then it’s worth it, but that’s another topic for another blog!)

Tit for tat

And so BOTH sides of this ‘argument’ - the author and the reviewer - continue to fall foul of that trait I personally detest in the health and nutrition game…the incessant back-and-forth, argument and counter-argument, the ‘he said / she said bullshit’ industry in-fighting over minute details of health, food and nutrition that simply lead the average reading member of the public further astray, lost in the paralysis of analysis.

MotherNaturesDiet circumvents ALL that crap. I do not try to blind people with complex science (I’ve got it if you want it folks, but I try most days to take the complexity, and deliver advice to you as simplicity, that’s the value in what I do), and I am not interested in getting into infinitely complex arguments over this macronutrient and that micronutrient.

No label, no list of ingredients - analyse that!

MND offers 12 simple ‘rules’ to live by that take care of all this. By not eating processed foods, and by cutting out grains and refined added sugar, you eliminate 99% of all sugar from your life without studying a label or fretting over analysing the ingredients list. How does MND avoid that? Easy, we don’t eat foods that have a label and a list of ingredients. No label = no analysis required.

And finally, the irony is not lost on me that L.V.Anderson pokes criticism saying that a ‘less extreme’ approach to sugar would not have secured the author a book deal, and I suggest that a less scathing attack on the author would not have made for an exciting book review. That’s the whole point that’s wrong with all this - in order to win attention, Schaub had to write at one extreme and the book reviewer feels the need to attack at the other end, calling Schaub orthorexic…in order to gain any attention. It loses the point of being about good health and becomes about “what can we do to get attention and sell stories”.

This is what drives me nuts - everything in ‘the media’ at large, is hype, bullshit, SOMEONE trying to SELL YOU SOMETHING!!!

The truth lies in common sense! MND all the way! Just eat real food and stop stressing over the tiny minute details!

MND Core Principle 12 is there JUST to say that - “no stress over the last few tiny details”!!!

It’s simple, just stick to - just eat REAL food - whole fresh and natural, and ideally organic. Some meat, fish, lots of vegetables, eggs, a little fruit, nuts and seeds. Lots of water, regular exercise, time spent outside with Mother Nature. That’s it!

It’s NOT rocket science, despite what everyone else in the media would have you believe.

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