All over social media, whether it is Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, blogs, etc., you see some people post about their workouts, foods they eat (or don’t eat), etc. For many young women (especially teenagers), it can be a trigger for disordered eating, or even eating disorders. Most of the time, these people that post about their workouts and what they eat (or don’t eat) are very slim and that is what the young women want to achieve. Just a side note, anyone can develop disordered eating or an eating disorder (including men and older women), however, you see it most commonly in young women.
I still fall into the trap of going through Instagram, do the comparison game, feel bad about how I look, wonder what they do to achieve it, then go through their posts to see what workouts they do and meals they eat so that I can achieve their look. I know better than to do this. But, after all, I am human.
So, I waste about one hour of my day doing this and realize that I wouldn’t be able to eat like this person. I can’t do their workouts either (at least 2-3 hours a day!). I have a life and other stuff to do, after all. Sure, it may work for them. However, I get bored of eating the same thing every day. Hey, I try to meal prep and plan foods out but I tend to like variety. I also like eating my sushi and burgers & fries. To be quite honest, some of the “diets” they follow are also unhealthy. Some of them eliminate some food groups. But during that one hour, all I think about is I want to lose weight and have a nice body. Then, I come back to reality and know that life is all about balance and moderation.
There are a couple of Registered Dietitian (RD) bloggers that I follow and I love their philosophy. Kylie from the blog ImmaEatThat, Robyn from the Real Life RD, & Anne from FAnnetastic Food have a similar philosophy of intuitive eating and not restricting food. We should love and accept our bodies to way it is supposed to be. You don’t have to be a size zero to be beautiful. Some bodies are naturally skinnier or naturally fuller. As you long as you are doing physical activity (exercising) and eating everything in moderation, that is where your body is naturally supposed to be. This is what these RD’s preach! There are other RDs out there with similar philosophies but these three I follow the most on social media. It’s refreshing to have this compared to things you see like “lose 10 lbs in 7 days” type of thing.
Here are a few links to some of their posts so you can get the idea of what these RDs are all about.
I can go more into detail about this in another post but I just wanted to get this out there. After all, you only live once. Live life to the fullest and enjoy it!