I'm just going to get right into it. The social media "fitness and health" world is not always the best resource. It actually influenced my eating disorder, disordered eating habits and obsession with working out. Why? Because it highlights extremes. It's like you HAVE to do this, and you CAN'T do this if you want to be healthy and fit.
BUT there are some really good, insightful and positive resources out there for you to gain knowledge to learn how to live a balanced, healthy, and happy lifestyle. I'm going to break them down for you below.
The 8 Commandments of Healthy Eating
Firstly, I have a problem with this title. What? We're treating "healthy eating" like a religion? Like you MUST stick with these 8 commandments or your health is doomed? This just screams restriction, guilt and the development of an unhealthy relationship with food.
Check out the article yourself. It lists things that you should ALWAYS eat and things categorized under NEVER. Here's what they list:
And these images. OMG these images are the worst. It takes only a few seconds to look at these pics and get the idea that food is either good or bad. There is no in between. All these pics do is create guilt if you eat one of the forbidden foods.
What to eat before and after your workout!
So, already I'm intrigued because the title of this article doesn't imply that I have to follow a set rule, nor does it label things good or bad. I just wanna know what are good choices to eat pre and post workout!
It goes on to explain what carbs, protein and fats do for your body to help you workout/give you energy and what they do for you when you need to recover. It tells you how to break them down and how much of each macronutrient you should generally eat pre and post workout.
Here's another one ...
Foods for Clear & Radiant Skin
This article is gain, positively named. Want clear skin? Here are the foods you SHOULD eat to get it! It does categorized foods into "eat it list" and "ditch it list." But, even though it's categorizing foods into "good" and "bad" - it's for if you want clear and radiant skin - something positive!
Below are examples of what's listed.
EAT IT LIST
DITCH IT LIST
"I hate to say it, but sugar is a big no-no if you want clear and radiant skin. Dr. Perricone, a famous skin doctor, author and creator of a skincare line says, simple carbohydrates cause your insulin levels to spike, causing “a burst of inflammation throughout the body.” Avoid high-glycemic foods and those high in saturated fats such as: white bread, candy, fried food, ice cream, juice, pasta, pizza, and packaged snacks. If you’re wondering what inflammation has to do with acne, here it is: It’s the body’s natural response to attackers (bacteria, chemicals, or certain foods). “When inflammation works like it’s supposed to, it helps your body fight off an attack by bringing in white blood cells and all the warriors of your immune system. When it’s done fighting the infection, it stops. The swelling goes down, the redness disappears, the wound heals,” says author of Clear Skin Forever, Devin Mooers."
Okay so this "ditch it list" contains ONE thing - sugar and it gives a great explanation why sugar affects your skin. I like it.
What you read on the internet affects you in some way or another. You need to know the difference between articles directed towards gaining attention because companies are SMART! They know that people are attracted to "quick fixes" and simple list of foods to either eat or avoid. But all that leads to is restriction, losing weight, feeling deprived, guilt, and then gaining weight back!
Find balance. Stop making good and bad food lists. Don't diet. Just live. Eat.
If you want a "program" that isn't like your typical meal plan, but instead, educates you and gives you healthy options to choose from that you can integrate into your lifestyle forever then check out The Blogilates 28 Day Reset.
Don't get confused by the title. It's not a 28 day diet and then you stop. It teaches you how to integrate it into your life after you finish the 28 days. It includes recipes that are seriously so delicious, but also designed to fuel your body.
So, my point with this post is to be smart. We are constantly bombarded on Facebook, Instagram Twitter, magazines, EVERYWHERE with messages that just create unhealthy relationships with food. Remember, YOU DON'T HAVE TO ABIDE TO THESE DIETS! You don't have to follow these rules. You just need to live and find what works best for you. No guilt, no shame. Just live.
What are your thoughts on how "health" is portrayed in the media?