What has fitness social media done for your relationship with food? Has it had a positive influence or a negative one? How so? Are you careful about the content you are consuming when it comes to diet culture?
Surprisingly, social media has had a huge, positive effect on my relationship with food.
It was through YouTube and Instagram that I first came across women who powerlift. And through powerlifting, I learned that you have to eat to get stronger.
It sounds so obvious now, but I still can’t think of a time when I’ve heard someone say that women should eat more or go through periods of bulking (intentionally gaining weight to build muscle) in traditional media. In the social media accounts I follow, the vast majority of women are talking about how little they used to eat, how bad it was for them mentally and physically, and why weight gain was a good thing for them. It’s still a small minority and still focuses on relatively slim white women, but it’s a start.
Because of that, I’ve cultivated the social media accounts I follow to be body positive. If I get a whiff of diet culture or extremely restricted eating, I tend to unfollow immediately. It’s not something I agree with and I believe it’s irresponsible to share information like that online. With any sort of nutrition advice or information, it’s absolutely crucial to preface that each body is different and you need to find what works best for you, in your body, at this time. There’s no one size fits all approach, nor is there one size fits all goal. Anyone saying otherwise isn’t worth listening to.
Black Iron Nutrition is offering a 30 Day Mindful Eating Challenge that includes journal prompts and tasks to help bring more mindfulness to our relationships with food. And I’m in! This post is in response to today’s prompt to keep myself accountable and get the most out of my participation. If you’re interested in joining the free challenge, sign up at Black Iron Nutrition’s website here.