Anyone else really sick of hearing about ‘Fat Shaming’ and ‘Diet Shaming’, oh and let’s not forget ‘Skinny Shaming’?! Change the record all ready. Who gives a F what the next person is shovelling in their gob?
I’ve got a real bee in my bonnet about this topic at the minute. What’s spurred me on to write this post was someone else’s post I saw last week which was outright ‘diet shaming’ people for their healthy choices in life. I honestly felt offended as someone who’s actively trying to be mindful of the foods I put in my body. It wasn’t even about me, yet I felt annoyed at it.
‘Diet shaming’ basically involves the discrediting or degrading someone because they choose to eat a certain way. This encompasses everything from dietary restrictions (self-imposed or otherwise), to judging a person who helps themselves to a second doughnut when you think they shouldn’t. To an extent, the latter also falls under fat shaming too. It all falls under the same umbrella and quite frankly I’ve had enough.
What I decide to put in my body is up to me. Food is apart of my identity I suppose. I’ve had, or rather still have a turbulent relationship with food. I’ve struggled with my weight for basically all of my life, I fluctuate all the god damn time and it takes its toll. A toll on my moods and a toll on my self-esteem. I’ve come to the conclusion, after years of eating rabbit food and exercising day and night that what my body have craved for so long is a balance, between nutrition and exercise. Healthy body, healthy mind is my motto.
I’m currently following a nutrition and exercise programme that has shifted a few unwanted pounds after being at the heaviest I’ve ever been back in July plus it’s also done wonders for my hormones and overall mental health. I’m eating really good food, all of the time. No small portions, no rice and chicken and I eat basically every 2 hours. It’s a dream come true after torturing myself as a teenager thinking I should live on 3 low carb meals a day. The programme has really educated me about carbs, which by the way are bloody good for you, fats like fish and peanut butter and also about protein and how essential all three are to a healthy balanced diet. I’m by no means a health guru or totally committed to the programme 247 as I still have a cheat meal every week and a pick n mix because you know what, no matter what I will always have a sweet tooth. I wouldn’t even label the programme I’m on as a diet as such since I am literally never hungry as the meals are good and hearty.
Combined with exercise, of which has shaken up my usual routines too, like I lift a lot of weights now, it’s resulted in a new me, a new glowing gal. My nails are longer and stronger, my hair is shiny and has grown so much in the past 12 weeks since started and my skin has really improved too. I have a totally new outlook on life and I’ve really cheered myself up. I’m so much happier.
I’m not promoting everyone to follow a nutrition programme because that’s not the point of this post. You do you boo. If you’d rather have a bag of sweets over an apple, good for you. I don’t care. If you love you, for you, then do you.
My point is, we’re all different. We’re all different shapes and sizes. It’s really sad that we all judge each other, on each others eating habits. How about we mind our plate and be happy.