Can I rant today? Get on my soap box and stay there for awhile?
I hope you all said yes. Because, I have to admit that I’m frustrated.
I love when people preach health, fitness and living our best lives. Heck, that’s what I try to do as well, though I know that I am in no way perfect, nor do I expect others to be. But…what works for me, may not work for you. And what works for my mother, father, sister, best friend, the girl down the hall, my coworker in the office, or the blogger in New Hampshire, may not work for me, but it may work for you.
Are you starting to catch my drift? We’re all different and as such, we have to find the diet (as in the food we eat everyday, not a “diet” to lose weight) and the fitness plan that works for us and do that.
Between my known food allergies and specific food choices that make my body feel best, I fit under no specific umbrella, but rather a combination of:
- Pescetarian (fish + eggs, but no meat)
- Mostly Paleo (limited grains and processed foods)
- Mostly REAL foods
That is how I feel best but I listen to my body and make changes as feels right. I allow myself the freedom to go out to a restaurant and order sushi with white rice or have the occasional bowl of oatmeal. If my body is craving it, there’s a reason for it and I try to listen. (Major example was when I added bacon back into my diet. It has since fallen back to the wayside, for anyone wondering.)
The problem for me and where my soap box comes into play, is around the judgement and jumping to conclusions. Not necessarily because of the way I eat, but the others that fit into that category. People throw out there how they’re eating X, Y, or Z “because GLUTEN is yummy!” and you know what? I get it. It IS delicious, but the effects it takes on my body isn’t and the way it makes me feel isn’t so I’m glad you’re enjoying your gluten-filled bread or beer or whatever else you may be enjoying, but please don’t judge me or make fun of my way of being because of it. That’s rude.
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Then, I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts the other day and there was a listener question around the “Tone It Up” plan and the hosts didn’t know anything specific around the nutrition plan that’s offered, but instead of saying that and moving on, they mentioned they didn’t know specifics and then went down a rabbit hole of making sure you’re eating real, whole foods and how the girls running TIU probably don’t have the proper certifications and how “they’re tiny” and shouldn’t promote “eat this and lose X# in 8 weeks.”
I have to admit I was really turned off. I love this podcast but I also love the TIU girls and their plan. I’ve mentioned that I’m currently following their “8 Week Bikini Series” and since I have access to their “nutrition plan,” I can assure you it isn’t about restriction and while they lay out what you could eat every day, it’s merely a guide (something claimed it likely wasn’t). The plan is full of real, whole foods (which is one reason I can get behind it) and their Perfect Fit protein powder is organic, non-GMO and plant-based (not to mention it’s some of the best tasting proteins I’ve ever had)! While I understand the “Bikini Series” is to help you get summer ready, one of the things that I love about Karena and Katrina is their way of promoting a healthy, active and attainable lifestyle, including self care. Instead of bashing them and their program, I wanted to scream through the podcast that they’re all promoting THE SAME THING – all around HEALTH.
Note: This conversation isn’t stemming because of listening to that podcast. Believe it or not, it was actually slated in my editorial calendar for today for awhile and the timing of the podcast was perfect.
But really guys, my point is that we need to take away the judgement around these labels and our views of health vs someone else. We need to be careful what we say when we don’t have all of the information. And we need to remember that we’re all making choices that work best for us and OUR bodies. Health is a personal journey, don’t forget that!
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