Is social media trying to convince and influence us that we have to follow a certain diet regime like veganism or vegetarianism? Is it just me or have you felt it as well? I have been caught up in this movement myself over the last year. Did I consider becoming a vegan? YES. Did I become a vegan? NO. Everyone chooses what is the best for him or her. At this moment I do not feel like I have enough knowledge to fully transition into being a vegan. I am not saying that I will never will, but at this time I choose to eat what my body is craving instead. Just in case if you are wondering that’s not going to be processed and sugary food, I do actually crave green juice. Broccoli, spinach, lemon, apples, parsley = delicious and nutritious juice!
You don’t have to become a vegan just because social media or your friends are trying to influence you. Listen to what your body is telling you instead? Over the last year I have met so many unhealthy vegans and vegetarians. Even my clients at the gym would proudly say that they are vegan, but once asked what type of food they eat, they would give a list of unhealthy food options. I think that instead of blaming everyone for eating meat, those social media influencers should educate on how to become a healthy vegan. That is why I am really excited to start studying with Institute of Integrative Nutrition and to learn in depth about 200 different diets and how to find the best one suitable for my clients or me.
I have been stressing about this issue so much over the last six months of what I should and shouldn’t be eating because of all the influences around me. What has actually ended up happening – I under ate and sometimes I didn’t even enjoy what I was eating. Did you know that when you don’t enjoy what you eat or feel guilty about it, your body would only absorb half of the nutrients from that food?
So I had to constantly plan what I was going to eat and wouldn’t leave my house without the container of what was my perception of healthy vegan food or the food that I am ‘supposed’ to be eating. Guess what would happen if I didn’t prepare anything? I would rather starve myself, but avoid eating something that had sugar, dairy or animal produce. It’s tiring isn’t it? Was my body thanking me for this? …NO, I have lost 5kg of the muscle mass. I also had to start training from the beginning again, as I have lost most of my strength as well.
This has led me to subconsciously create the beliefs that exercising is hard and painful, as even thinking about muscle soreness the next day made me go into an avoidance mode. The more I avoided it the more people around me where pushing me with their concerns whether I have trained that day and that I have lost too much weight. Owning a gym didn’t really help in this situation as well, I also felt that I had to look certain way, big booty and flat stomach, as that is what Social Media is representing, right? I will be honest, I had been caught up in that wave myself, where you pose in the mirror in the angle which shows your ‘booty gains’ because you have been doing squats 5 times a week. What about just being strong, happy, and comfortable with your body without comparing yourself to Social Media Influencers or other members at the gym.
Theta Healing has brought me to where I am now and helped me learn how to love myself, my body and how to find the right balance between foods that I eat and my body image. I have learned how to accept self-nurturing and that it is possible to be happy with my body, no matter how I look. It helped me find my Life Purpose, so that I can now help others who are struggling with the self-image or self-confidence issues as well. If you want to improve your diet or create a better relationship with food, also to start exercising and to find ways in which you will enjoy it, get in touch. Going through it all myself makes me more aware of how important these issues are and that I am not the only one who was struggling to find the balance between my diet, exercise and body image.
Is it better to deny yourself nourishment, by avoiding what you are craving or to stick to the specific diet regime? I found the balance, which currently works for me. One day I will eat vegan, and another day only raw plant based food. I will eat cheese if that is what I will be craving and a chocolate without feeling guilty. If my body will be craving certain food like steak, I will have it, as now I know that my body is craving this because of vitamin deficiencies in by body. I will be mindful with what I am craving and will choose the most nutritious options. When I eat meat I choose Free Range and Grass Fed produce. I will choose organic whenever possible. I still get the comments on Organic food that it is too expensive, but that is an investment in my health and myself.
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