So glad to see all the answers going in this direction. It is good to see that so many fitness people are doing their best each day to eat with health in mind, rather than ‘going on a diet’, which tends to lead to ‘going off a diet’ which tends to lead to ‘I am off now and going on tomorrow so I will eat that whole cake’.
Like Karin I have certain ethical foundations to the way I eat. I also try to eat more whole and natural and less processed. It is a little hard when one is the principle cook of a family with allergies and different tastes.
It is true if one works in fitness what one does is more than just what one does. If we understand the principles such as soda is unhealthy, empty calories, and even ‘diet’ soda is not associated with weight loss, and has a lot of unhealthy things in it as well, can we live the truth of those principles, as well as teach them? And can we show to our students/clients that we live with the same pressures and pitfalls as do they? I don’t mean ‘Here I am, all perfect and always eating steamed brown rice’, but being honest that eating healthfully can be hard for many, especially at first, and that most people have times they go for the ice cream or whatever it is. But we know what is better for us and for the world and we do our best.