Due to my interest in fashion I follow a lot of magazines on Facebook and instagram. I truly enjoy catching up on the latest trends, hot gossip and who said what about whom on twitter etc. However, there is one thing, a certain subject if you will, that keeps coming back and that I keep scrolling by. This is the “What … really eats in a day”.
I get that people are curious. But what I don’t understand is why we’re wasting energy on what other people put on their plates. Everyone is different. Every body is unique.
Comparing your food habits to a super model’s diet will only make you doubt your own lifestyle.This is where the problem begins. There is no such thing as a universal diet that suits everyone. Sure, some diets are scientifically proven to be better for your health but that does not mean you have to stick to it to a 110 percent.
Food habits are based on a lot more than occupation. You have to keep in mind that genetics, age, an eventual medical history, what your everyday life looks like are all things that need to be accounted for.
Social media is a platform with a huge range. A lot of its content is inspirational, educational or simply entertaining. But to build a concept based on telling people what to eat and do to look like this or that is not inspirational, educational or entertaining. It contributes to low self-esteem and a compulsive desire to change one self.
There are other headlines that follow the same track. For example “What he/she ate to get the body he/she has now” or “The secret behind … body transformation”. Not only do they advertise society’s idea of a perfect body they also indiscreetly point out that their previous bodies were less worthy of attention, love and worth.
So how do we approach to this without feeling like a complete failure? How do we find peace with our bodies and with all the delicious food out there? We make a promise to our selves that we will not define our self-worth by what’s on our plates or by how many times we’ve hit the gym. We will not let any super star fitness coach make us question how we live our lives.
Of course there is another side to this. A lot of people are I need of life style change. If that is the case, seek help and/or guidance by someone whose only goal isn’t to make you fit and fabulous. Self love and self-respect is the key to everything. That’s priority one. The numbers on the scale is just a side effect.
So be good to your body. That’s one of few things that yours and yours only.
Article by Hanna Hettman