Don't let Stover 'clean' your food

I oppose judgment regarding food choices.

Sara Stover [Culture: Walkabout: "Art of eating: Spring clean your body," March 13] ( suggests staying away from sugars and fried foods, a reminder reminiscent of diet plans in popular magazines.

In some traditions, fasting and cleansing are sacred, but here they are impositions on freedom.

To cleanse the body presupposes a dirtiness, supporting the shame many women feel regarding their bodies. It's popular to hate your flesh, and seek out an expert to tell you how to eat. Acting on these suggestions leads to questioning natural food tendencies.

When you release restrictive food behavior, you may binge on donuts initially, but you'll naturally develop a balance with food– and most importantly, a guilt-free mentality. I question how Stover's suggestions are anything other than a restrictive diet plan with gentle languaging.

The intention is the same: Take the following steps to feel better about yourself, sign on the dotted-line, send in your check. I know that feeling well lies in learning to listen and respond to your own natural signals. For many of us, that involves eating the foods Stover mentions, in a newsletter, avoiding.

Within any external program lies the message that there is a "right" and "wrong," creating a split in the individual trying to adhere to these principles– a difference between what they crave, and what they are told is appropriate to crave.

I believe in letting my true nature reveal herself, and eating what I want– candy, corned beef, cookies, and all.

Peach Friedman