Ditch celebrity advice! How to find your own best balance
Extreme behaviours and habits have become more and more popular as a so-called answer for all our woes.
Perhaps you’re seeing such health methods so often they don’t even seem extreme anymore?
I argue the following common behaviours are extreme:
- Cutting out foods we love that make us feel good
- Replacing meals with shake products sold by Multi level marketing schemes
- Surviving for days on merely juice and/or teas in an effort to ‘detox’
- Fasting and ignoring our body’s incredible inbuilt appetite cues
- Smashing our bodies with incredibly heavy weights and repetitions that are inappropriate for our level of experience and injury history
- Punishing our bodies with hours of intense exercise, disregarding a need for recovery, rest and variety
- There’s even people eating clay and doing their own coffee enemas…
I could keep going but you get my point.
Celebrities, cult followings and ‘magic solutions’
Unfortunately these extreme ‘answers’ are headline grabbing because they are shocking and so far from what feels natural. They get attention, and because they promise a quick solution, they can also be tempting. Heralded as the ’new thing’, celebrities jump on them, making these behaviours seem glamorous and on trend. They polarise people and create subcultures by becoming a ‘badge to wear’. They form cult like families that people can proudly say they belong to, while everyone else just “doesn’t get it”.
Extreme diets and exercise regimes can give people an instant sense of: belonging, popularity, glamour, superiority and control (over their own bodies/health/life). But this celebrity advice is usually given by people with no qualifications, no health industry experience, and is unsafe, unfounded sometimes completely ridiculous.
Such extreme behaviours are completely unsustainable.
If we don’t fall ill or get injured from these methods, we’ll simply become incredibly tired of the energy and effort required to sustain such extremes. Instead of a joy, eating out and group dinners become a source of anxiety. Desserts we used to savour and adore now become forbidden and a constant obsessive reminder of our deprivation. Food becomes fuel made up of calories and nutrients carefully calculated, rather than chosen, prepared and eaten with pleasure. Exercise is no longer done for enjoyment, but because we feel incredibly guilty or anxious if we skip a workout – even when ill or injured!
It saps us of incredible amounts of emotional and physical energy to constantly ignore our body’s remarkable innate signals of appetite or need for rest.
Choosing extreme habits will lead us to extreme results. It will not lead us to mental or physical health.
Wouldn’t you feel better if you found your own balance by listening to your body’s cues? What if you truly listened to and respected your hunger and fullness signals and your need for rest or movement? What if you took away the eating labels, didn’t belong to any kind of diet and instead ate food you love that made you feel good (during and after eating)? What if you stopped looking for a quick fix solution and instead turned within and learned to trust your own mind and body with the help of true experts like your GP, and a dietitian?
is not about telling you how you should eat or exercise to achieve your best health. We’re urging you to question the extremes and avoid jumping on the bandwagons. We’re here to remind you you don’t need to diet, quit certain foods or smash yourself with exercise. With practice you can reacquaint yourself with your body’s signals and trust yourself enough to find your own best path towards health.
Doesn’t that sound like a much more enjoyable, sustainable and empowering way to live?