Diets, Fads, and the Health & Wellness Industry

Diets, Fads, and the Health & Wellness Industry

Hi everyone!

I know I’ve been on hiatus for a while…apologies for that! To be honest, I just haven’t been too inspired to write, among work and everything else going on in my life – coming home and blogging just hasn’t been on my mind. That was up until today…

Over the past few months, I’ve been listening to a lot more podcasts to make my hour-long commute less miserable. My boyfriend recently got me into Joe Rogan – which is great since some of his are 3 hours long and kill 2.5 hour drives! I’ve especially been drawn to Joe Rogan because he tends to interview people that have very interesting & unique passions. Plus I love how Joe is so open-minded and probably the least-judgmental person; which likely attributes to why his podcasts are so interesting. The ones I’ve been especially drawn to are folks who are or in some way touch the health and fitness industry. In addition to Joe Rogan, I’ve explored listening to other top health & wellness podcasts, one being the “Wellness Wonderland Radio”, hosted by Katie Dalebout. The most recent podcast I listened to however was what really caught my attention.

Katie was interviewing a plus-size model and owner of “Topless Yoga”, Emily Nolan, and a big topic of discussion was around “diets, fads, and the health & wellness industry”. When I look back at various “fads” I tried; including “If it Fits your Macros”, Veganism, Ketogenic, Pescetarianism – I tricked myself into believing that none of what I was doing was a true diet. I honestly believed that I was just being open-minded and exploring and learning about different foods and my body. I still believe some of that is true. But, in the end, what was I doing? I was restricting myself from certain food groups that quite honestly, I was dying to have back in my life. So here I was the whole time, believing that I would or could never get caught up in a “diet” – but in the end, it all came down to restricting myself from one of life’s greatest pleasures, FOOOOOD!
food guilt
Later in the podcast, they went onto to talk about the positives and negatives of the health & wellness industry being in the lime light recently. As many of you likely know, the wellness industry has taken off in the past few years and myself included, has jumped on that bandwagon through Instagram and blogging. This extremely positive idea of sharing and inspiring others on social media accounts may have turned into a place where people now begin to shame themselves and compare the foods and their lifestyle to what their Instagram superstars are doing and eating. I can tell you right now that I’m probably guilty of that as well! Things start running through your mind – “oh she only had a green juice for breakfast and a bar before her SECOND workout of the day…”. Meanwhile, here I am chowing down on my dessert of full-fat vanilla yogurt with a heaping handful of granola and almond butter. It’s crazy to think that what I’m doing is absolutely fine AND healthy, yet I still find myself feeling guilty. What it comes down to is that a lot of times, social media accounts may be promoting this crazy illusion of what health and fitness should look like.

I will say that what I post on Instagram does not capture every meal I eat. I don’t necessarily do it to hide what I’m eating, it quite honestly comes down to – is this meal pretty? Is the lighting any good? Or my favorite… I’m FAR too hangry to take an extra minute to snap a picture of my meal. Whatever it may be, I want to make a promise to both my myself and anyone who follows me to truly begin thinking intuitively and sharing that with you. When I say “thinking intuitively”, I don’t just mean with food, but with my body. Like food, I tend to be strict with my workouts. I’m up at 5am every morning, even when I know my body is dying to tell me no. This mindset probably developed back when I started racing for track & field – and quite honestly, I don’t know if I’ll ever truly lose that crazy, competitive edge. Thinking intuitively is a spiritual mindset and I really want to explore that and share that journey with you all!
intuitive eating
Anyway, wanted to take the time to share this with you and if you’re interested – definitely be sure to check out Katie’s podcast. She’s so passionate about what she does and she’s extremely relatable, having gone through similar struggles herself. Check out her website as well: http://katiedalebout.com/

Enjoy!


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