American Skinny Culture
Becoming one with our naturally thin self seems to be a defining quest for Americans that shows itself through expeditions of serial diet and exercising. To be completely frank, when are we not searching for the latest and greatest of savior diet methods to transform our bodies for a sense of renewal and change? A quick glance at a magazine cover will almost always reveal a monthly revelation of some celebrity’s secret to losing ten pounds, which instills a newly enthused mantra: If it worked for them, I can look this amazing, too! Societal culture has always been a leading contributor in how we perceive ourselves and how to not be obsolete or out of the socially-current loop. Make no mistake, these trends have no intentions of stopping at what we should be wearing or the savviest cell phone to be using; it’s even roaring its head in organic cocktails and diet cleanses.
Natural and organic food consumption has undoubtedly become a popular trend in food culture. The informed American of the 21st century made stronger attempts of integrating organic fruits and vegetables into their diets and avoiding anything that had added sugar, salt, fat, food dyes, artificial ingredients, fillers, and so on. More simply, the emphasis was all about healthy food intake so that we could ensure that the foods we were putting into our bodies were minimally processed, lacked any hormones, antibiotics, and flavorings that are not purely meant to be in the food.
Restaurants and chefs really embraced this ideal, sometimes going to lengths to only purchase ingredients from local, sustai
nable and organic establishments. Quite respectably, this should be commendable for those of us that frequent these places because we know that we’re consuming quality and healthy ingredients. But, when do we know we’re crossing the line of serial healthy?