Let me start by saying that this is not meant to offend anyone who has ever commented on a recipe asking for the calorie/fat/carb content of that recipe. Rather, this is just an explanation of why I do not (and do not plan on) sharing those calculations.
I get a few comments every now and then on a recipe post asking “what is the carb count for one serving?” or “how many calories are in this??” Every single time, I say, “Sorry, I do not calculate that, but feel free to do it on your own with the ingredients you use.” I might as well just copy & paste that standard response (my standard response now will just be linking to this post 😉 #efficiency).
For one, I just do not have the time or energy to do that. I really don’t need another thing that I have to do. But there is a bigger reason I don’t have that information available for every recipe.
Disclaimer: I know that some people may have to calculate nutritional information for certain medical conditions – I understand this as a future dietitian. Those are special cases.
But if a 20-year-old woman (hi, old me) comes to my site because something looks REALLY good to her, I don’t want her to immediately see how many calories or fat/carb grams are in a “serving” and then get anxious. Maybe she’s one of the very few young women who isn’t in some sort of disordered relationship with food, but more likely than not, she’s been on some yo-yo diets. She can call out the calorie count for every packaged food she eats like she’s studying flashcards. And I do not want to fuel that fire.
I did that shit, and I know how soul-crushing it is.
I do not want any part of my site or my brand to be about calorie counting and obsessively tracking your food. As I become more comfortable with the idea of intuitive eating and food freedom (for me within veganism, for ethical reasons), I am more aware of the language and tone of my content that I share with the world. I don’t use terms like “clean eating” and will always post some desserts and comfort food. 😏
We’re too obsessed with numbers. Our weight, our food intake, our steps, our calorie burn, our grades, our income. If you’re a detailed, perfectionist person like me, numbers can consume your life. But all they do is blur your focus so you lose sight of what’s really important. How can you focus on gaining true health if you’re so obsessed with the number on the scale? Are you actually understanding the information in a class, or just concerned with getting an A?
We can’t start living intuitively until we let go of control around all of these numbers.